The Lasker Awards program was created in 1945 by Albert and Mary Lasker to shine a spotlight on fundamental biological discoveries and clinical advances 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.

Lasker~Bloomberg Public Service AwardFor improving the public’s understanding of medical research, public health, or healthcare; providing financial support for initiatives to enhance public health and/or medical research; serving as a spokesperson for medical research or public health; providing outstanding public health practice.

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