1987 Lasker Awards

Leroy Hood, Philip Leder

For imaginative studies of somatic recombinations in the immune system, detailing in molecular terms the genetics of antibody diversity. Read about the achievement

Susumu Tonegawa

For brilliantly demonstrating that the DNA responsible for antibody production is routinely reshuffled to create new genes during the lifetime of an individual. Read about the achievement

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Mogens Schou

For landmark clinical trials of lithium as therapy and prophylaxis for manic depressive illness, initiating a revolution in the treatment of mental disease. Read about the achievement


1987 Lasker Medical Research Awards Jury

First Row, left to right: James Fordyce, Treasurer and Secretary, Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation (Non-Voting Member of the Jury) ● Alice Fordyce, Executive Vice President, Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation (Non-Voting Member of the Jury) ● K. Sune Bergström, Karolinska Institute ● Mary Lasker, President, Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation (Non-Voting Member of the Jury) ● Michael DeBakey, Chair of the Jury, Baylor College of Medicine ● Mrs. William McCormick Blair, Jr., Vice President, Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation (Non-Voting Member of the Jury) ● Jordan Gutterman, MD Anderson Hospital

Second Row, left to right: Edgar Haber, Massachusetts General Hospital ● Antonio Gotto, Jr., Baylor College of Medicine ● Isadore Rosenfeld, New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center ● Joseph Goldstein, University of Texas Health Science Center ● Stanley Cohen, Stanford University School of Medicine ● Derek Denton, University of Melbourne ● Mathilde Krim, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Columbia University

Third Row, left to right: James Wyngaarden, National Institutes of Health ● Richard Krause, Emory University School of Medicine ● Robert Newman, Beth Israel Medical Center ● Thomas Waldmann, National Institutes of Health ● Lewis Thomas, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center ● Fred Plum, New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center 

Fourth Row, left to right: Howard Temin, McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research ● Myron Essex, Harvard School of Public Health ● Herbert Pardes, New York State Psychiatric Institute ● William Haseltine, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Not pictured: Howard Rusk, Juror Emeritus, New York University Medical Center

1987 Lasker Awards Ceremony

Left to right: Philip Leder, Susumu Tonegawa, Michael DeBakey, Mary Lasker, James Fordyce, Mogens Schou, Leroy Hood