Lasker Award criteria and nominations

Nominations are no longer being accepted for the 2018 Lasker Awards. Winners of this year's Awards will be announced in early September. We will begin accepting nominations for the 2019 Awards in November 2018, at which time nomination packets will be available from our website.

Criteria for the Lasker Awards

Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award: For a fundamental discovery that opens up a new area of biomedical science.

Lasker~DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award: For a major advance that improves the lives of many thousands of people.

Lasker~Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science: For research accomplishments and scientific statesmanship that engender the deepest feelings of awe and respect.

Lasker~Bloomberg Public Service Award: For 1) significantly improving the public’s understanding of subjects in medical research, public health or healthcare; 2) playing a major role in the support of policy, legislative or other initiatives aimed at accelerating progress in the medical sciences or health; 3) providing critical and generous financial support for incisive initiatives to enhance public health and/or medical research; 4) developing a national or international profile as an outstanding spokesperson in support of medical research or public health and bringing about significant, lasting benefits for medical research, public health, or healthcare; or 5) significantly improving the lives of many people through outstanding public health practice.

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