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Columbia to award 2007 Horwitz Prize to three generations of teacher-student scientists
Date:10/3/2007

NEW YORK Columbia University will award the 2007 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize to Joseph G. Gall, Ph.D., a cell biologist at the Carnegie Institution's Department of Embryology, Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Ph.D., a biologist and physiologist at the University of California, San Francisco and Carol W. Greider, Ph.D., a molecular biologist and geneticist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The awardees, who represent three generations of teacher-student scientists, will be honored for work that has contributed to the fundamental understanding of the aging process.

The relationships among these three researchers represent the best promise of academic medicine science educators guiding their students toward discovery that furthers understandings for the entire biomedical and science community, said Lee Goldman, M.D., executive vice president of Columbia University and dean of the faculties of health sciences and medicine at Columbia University Medical Center.

We are pleased to continue our Horwitz tradition by awarding this years prize to Joseph Gall, Elizabeth Blackburn and Carol Greider, said David Hirsh, Ph.D., executive vice president for research at Columbia University. Our greater knowledge of the aging process, based on their research, is already impacting the study of cell cycles and cell death which is relevant to understanding neurodegenerative diseases and cancer.

The Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize was established by Columbia University to recognize outstanding contributions to basic research in the fields of biology and biochemistry. Awarded annually since 1967, the prize is named for the mother of Columbia benefactor S. Gross Horwitz. Louisa Gross Horwitz was daughter of Dr. Samuel David Gross, author of A System of Surgery and a founder of the American Medical Association. For additional information about the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize, visit: http://www.cumc.col
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Contact: Elizabeth Streich
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212-305-6535
Columbia University Medical Center
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