Foundation Overview

The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation and its programs are dedicated to advancing biomedical research to relieve human suffering and improve health and well-being.

The Foundation's mission is to foster the prevention and treatment of disease and disabilities by honoring excellence in basic and clinical science, educating the public, and advocating for support of medical research.

The Foundation's values are:
  • Integrity
  • Independence from political and corporate influence
  • Impartiality in efforts to educate and raise awareness about the benefits of medical research to human health
  • Championship of bold and creative medical science
  • Setting standards for research excellence

The Lasker Awards
The Lasker Foundation's Awards Program recognizes the contributions of scientists, clinicians, and public servants who have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of human disease.

Educational Programs
The Lasker Foundation is committed to educational initiatives that inspire the next generation of researchers and engage the public in support of scientific inquiry. The annual Lasker Lecture is held in partnership with a leading academic institution. The Foundation supports outreach to high school and college students and the general public.

Other Programs
The Foundation also supports select initiatives that raise awareness of medical discoveries and their benefits to human health, and that increase funding for the medical science enterprise. These initiatives have included study groups, Congressional briefings, innovative web-based programs, educational forums, and scholarly studies.

The Lasker Foundation is not a grant-giving organization.