The Lasker Awards

Lasker Awards recognize the contributions of researchers, clinician scientists, and public servants who have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, or prevention of human disease.


The Lasker Awards program was created in 1945 by Albert and Mary Lasker to shine a spotlight on fundamental biological discoveries and clinical developments that improve human health, and to draw attention to the importance of public support of science.


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Lasker Awards are currently given in the categories of Basic Research, Clinical Research, Special Achievement, and Public Service.

​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.

Winners of the Lasker~Bloomberg Public Service Award must meet at least one of the following criteria: For significantly improving the public’s understanding of subjects in medical research, public health, or healthcare; providing critical and generous financial support for incisive initiatives to enhance public health and/or medical research; serving as an outstanding spokesperson in support of medical research or public health; providing outstanding public health practice that has significantly improved the lives of many people.

The Lasker Foundation will accept nominations for the 2018 Awards from November 1, 2017 through February 1, 2018.  For more information on submitting a nomination, read our FAQ or contact us with your questions.

Lasker Medical Research Awardees are selected by a distinguished international jury chaired by Joseph L. Goldstein, recipient of the 1985 Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research and the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Lasker~Bloomberg Public Service Award winners are selected by a jury chaired by Alfred Sommer, recipient of the 1997 Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research.


Laureates and home institutions (at time of award)