1988 Lasker Awards

Thomas R. Cech

For revolutionary research revealing the enzymatic role of RNA, opening a new universe in molecular biology. Read about the achievement

Phillip A. Sharp

For revelations regarding the ability of RNA processing to convert DNA’s massive store of genetic data to biological use. Read about the achievement

Vincent P. Dole

For postulating the physiological basis of narcotic addiction and for developing methadone treatment for heroin addiction. Read about the achievement

Lowell P. Weicker Jr.

For his compassion and dedication in the fight to eradicate disease and disability through federal funding of medical research and public health programs. Read about the achievement


1988 Lasker Medical Research Awards Jury

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

Second Row, left to right: Fred Plum, New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center ● Vincent DeVita, Jr., National Institutes of Health ● Sheldon Wolff, Tufts University School of Medicine ● Robert Butler, The Mount Sinai Medical Center ● Derek Denton, University of Melbourne ● Edgar Haber, Squibb Institute for Research and Development ● Isadore Rosenfeld, New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center

Third Row, left to right: Stanley Cohen, Stanford University School of Medicine ● Robert Newman, Beth Israel Medical Center ● Thomas Waldmann, National Institutes of Health ● Philip Leder, Harvard Medical Center ● James Wyngaarden, National Institutes of Health ● Roger Guillemin, The Salk Institute ● Myron Essex, Harvard School of Public Health

Fourth Row, left to right: David Baltimore, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research ● Mathilde Krim, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons ● Herbert Pardes, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center ● Antonio Gotto, Jr., Baylor College of Medicine ● Joseph Goldstein, University of Texas Health Science Center

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

1988 Lasker Awards Ceremony

Left to right: Vincent Dole, Lowell Weicker, Jr., Thomas Cech, Phillip A. Sharp