The 2011 Warren Triennial Prize of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) will be awarded to Shinya Yamanaka, MD, PhD, who discovered a method to convert adult cells into cells with characteristics of embryonic stem cells, and Rudolf Jaenisch, MD, whose extension of Yamanaka's work includes using those cells to generate animal models of important human diseases. The award will be presented at a daylong symposium in October 2011, part of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the founding of the MGH. Yamanaka is director of the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application at Kyoto University in Japan and a senior investigator at the Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco. Jaenisch is a founding member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and a professor of Biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
"The Warren Triennial is the top scientific award presented by the MGH, and we are delighted to be able to honor the groundbreaking work of Drs. Yamanaka and Jaenisch," says Daniel Haber, MD, PhD, chair of the MGH Executive Committee on Research and director of the MGH Cancer Center. "Their research has opened up a new direction for the future of medicine, and the MGH is particularly proud to recognize these discoveries in our bicentennial year, in which we will celebrate both the rich history and future promise of biomedical research."
Awarded every third year, the Warren Prize honors scientists who have made outstanding contributions in fields related to medicine and includes a cash award of $50,000. Created in 1871, the prize was named for Dr. John Collins Warren, a co-founder of the MGH who played a leading role in establishing what became the New England Journal of Medicine and also performed the first public surgical operation utilizing ether anesthesia on October 16, 1846. Twenty-two Warren recipients have also received the Nobel Prize, most recently 2004 recipients Craig Mello, PhD, and Andrew Fire, PhD, w
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