FNIH Award Ceremony

FNIH Award Ceremony
Featuring the Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences

The FNIH hosts its annual Award Ceremony each May featuring the Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences. This $100,000 award, made possible by a generous gift from philanthropist Ann Lurie, recognizes outstanding achievement by a promising young scientist in biomedical research. This year, the Award Ceremony will be held on May 22, 2019.

Learn more about the Lurie Prize here.

 

Dr. Maria Freire, Dr. Zhijian "James" Chen and Ms. Ann Lurie at the 2018 FNIH Award Ceremony.
NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins interviews Lurie Prize Recipient Dr. Zhijian "James" Chen
at the 2018 FNIH Award Ceremony.
Lurie Prize Recipient, Dr. Zhijian "James" Chen gives a speech at the 2018 FNIH Award Ceremony

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2019 FNIH Award Ceremony

 

 

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2018 FNIH Award Ceremony

In May 2018 thought leaders from the NIH, pioneers in biomedical science, the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, philanthropists and business executives convened at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. for the sixth annual FNIH Award Ceremony and presentation of the Lurie Prize. Wolf Blitzer, award-winning journalist and television news anchor, was the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.

The 2018 Lurie Prize was awarded to Zhijian “James” Chen, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Biology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, George L. MacGregor Distinguished Chair in Biomedical Science, Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Member of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Chen discovered the enzyme cyclic GMP-AMP synthase (cGAS) and its corresponding pathway, which solved a century-old mystery about DNA.

 

Former Lurie Prize Recipients

For more information about the former recipients and their science, click here.

2018: Zhijian “James” Chen, Ph.D.
Professor of Molecular Biology at University Southwestern Medical Center; George L. MacGregor Distinguished Chair in Biomedical Science; Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Member of the National Academy of Sciences

2017: David M. Sabatini, M.D., Ph.D.
Member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research; Professor of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2016: Jeannie T. Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
Molecular Biologist at Massachusetts General Hospital; Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School

2015: Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D.
D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

2014: Jennifer Doudna, Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology, University of California, Berkeley

2013: Ruslan M. Medzhitov, Ph.D.
David W. Wallace Professor of Immunobiology, Yale University School of Medicine

Contacts

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