This year's Albert Lasker Awards in Medical Research honor four scientists for basic discoveries, spanning five decades, that changed the face of neuroscience. We also honor two scientists whose research, done two decades ago, led directly to the development of a new class of drugs that prevents our most common cause of brain disease—namely, strokes due to high blood pressure.
First Row, left to right: Philippa Marrack, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, National Jewish Medical and Research Center ● Paul Nurse, Imperial Cancer Research Fund ● Shirley Tilghman, Princeton University ● Joseph Goldstein, Chair of the Jury, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center ● Michael DeBakey, Chair Emeritus of the Jury, Baylor College of Medicine ● Jordan Gutterman, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center ● Mary Ellen Avery, Harvard Medical School ● J. Michael Bishop, University of California, San Francisco
Second Row, left to right: Edward Harlow, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center ● Stuart Kornfeld, Washington University School of Medicine ● Leon Rosenberg, Princeton University ● Michael Welsh, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Iowa Medical Center ● Thomas Stossel, Brigham & Women's Hospital ● Michael Brown, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center ● Eric Kandel, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons ● Alfred Gilman, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Third Row, left to right: Bruce Stillman, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory ● Craig Thompson, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine ● Martin Raff, University College London ● Günter Blobel, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, The Rockefeller University ● Günter Blobel, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, The Rockefeller University ● Ira Herskowitz, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine ● Gerald Fink, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research ● Dennis Baylor, Staford University School of Medicine ● Brigid Hogan, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Vanderbilt University Medical Center