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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Lasker Awards Honor Two Neuroscientists

This week, Thomas Südhof, MD, Avram Goldstein professor in the Stanford University school of medicine and professor of neurology and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and Richard H. Scheller, PhD, executive vice president of research and early development at Genentech, were awarded the prestigious 2013 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, for their work on the molecular machinery and regulatory mechanism that underlie the rapid release of neurotransmitters. The two neuroscientists are credited with identifying and unraveling central aspects of its fundamental mechanism, and deciphering how cells govern it with extreme precision. 

     The advances have provided a molecular framework for understanding some of the most devastating disorders that afflict humans as well as normal functions such as learning and memory,” according to the Lasker Foundation.

     Since 1945, the Lasker Awards have recognized the contributions of scientists, clinicians, and public servants who have advanced understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of human disease. Eighty-three Lasker laureates have later been awarded the Nobel Prize, earning the Lasker Awards the nickname “America’s Nobels.”

For more on the award-winning research by Drs. Südhof and Scheller, click here:, and watch a video interview with the awardees here. Look for a more in-depth feature on their work in an upcoming issue of Neurology Today.