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2010 Lasker Awards Honor Trailblazers in Medical Research and Clinical Care
Date:9/20/2010

e at the University of Oxford, will receive the 2010 Lasker~Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Research for five decades of statesmanship in biomedical sciences exemplified by his discoveries concerning genetic diseases of the blood and for leadership in improving clinical care throughout the world benefitting children afflicted with the genetic blood disorder thalassemia.

"The 2010 Lasker Awards dramatically illustrate how the connection between innovative genetic and molecular research fosters bold advances that improve the health of people globally," said Maria Freire, President of the Lasker Foundation. "It's with great pride that the Lasker Foundation marks its 65th anniversary by recognizing these four Laureates whose courage and dedication exemplify all that our organization seeks to honor. They unlocked medical mysteries that are leading to successful new treatments for some of the world's most perplexing diseases."

"In granting these awards, the Lasker Foundation honors those who were willing to defy conventional wisdom and blaze new trails of inquiry that led to a startling new treatment for blindness, a solid understanding of the genetic causes underlying obesity and profound advances in clinical care for blood disorders that afflict children throughout the world's poorest countries," said Joseph L. Goldstein, Chair of the Lasker Medical Research Awards Jury.

Coleman and Friedman Honored for Basic Medical Research on Obesity

The 2010 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award goes to Coleman, 78, and Friedman, 56, whose discovery of a fat cell-produced protein launched new understandings of the roles genetics and brain chemistry play in obesity, a major, costly public-health problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 34 percent of U.S. adults are currently obese.

In the 1960's, Coleman began studying mice with disturbances in metabolism that resembled those
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