Washington, DC September 8, 2010 Johnson & Johnson today announced that Erik De Clercq, M.D., Professor Emeritus, Rega Institute for Medical Research, Leuven, Belgium, and Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, have been named the recipients of the 2010 Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research by an independent selection committee comprised of world-renowned scientists.
The Dr. Paul Janssen Award salutes the most passionate and creative scientists in basic or clinical research whose scientific achievements have made a measurable impact on human health. Drs. De Clercq and Fauci were selected for their pioneering work in understanding and combating viral diseases, particularly HIV/AIDS. The Award, which includes a $100,000 shared prize, will be presented to the winners during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., today. The award presentation and winners' speeches may be viewed live beginning at 9:00 a.m. via www.pauljanssenaward.com.
While accepting the honor, Dr. Fauci has declined his portion of the prize in order to comply with government ethics rules. Johnson & Johnson will donate his portion of the prize money to two organizations: Partners In Healthan international non-governmental organization dedicated to delivering quality health care to people and communities devastated by the joint burdens of poverty and disease, and Us Helping Us, People Into Living, Inc. one of the largest nonprofit black AIDS organizations in metropolitan Washington, D.C.
"Dr. De Clercq is a pioneer in the development of antiviral drugs which have saved the lives of millions of patients infected with HIV and other viral diseases," said Solomon Snyder, M.D., Distinguished Service Professor of Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Chairman, Janssen Award Selection Committee. "Dr. Fauci's many contributions t
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