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2011 Lasker Awards Honor Medical Research Pioneers
Date:9/12/2011

e currently following 575 unique diseases. The Center's Undiagnosed Diseases Program, which aims to help individuals whose conditions have stumped the medical community, has received more than 4000 charts to review since launching in 2008.

Medical innovations from the Center have targeted the full spectrum of human illness, from common plagues like tuberculosis to extremely rare ones such as cystinosis, a genetic disorder that harms many parts of the body, but especially the kidneys and eyes. The Center's doctors have developed novel treatments for patients suffering attacks on the entire range of the body's systems, from endocrine, neurological, blood, vision, and autoimmune disorders to adrenal problems, vitamin deficiencies, infectious diseases, and behavioral conditions such as schizophrenia and depression. The Center played a central role in studying and treating AIDS; as part of that enterprise, its scientists developed AZT, the first effective drug for the disorder.

For six decades, the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health Center has brought together scientists and clinicians to untangle basic biological processes, sparking insights and innovations, often on sicknesses that eluded diagnosis and treatment in conventional settings. The Center has offered hope to patients and provided a template and inspiration for clinical research institutions throughout the world.

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The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation fosters the prevention and treatment of disease and disabilities by honoring excellence in basic and clinical science, by educating the public, and by advocating for support of medical research. Founded in 1942, the Lasker Foundation presents the prestigious Lasker Awards, which recognize the world's leaders in basic and clinical medical research, and individuals with outstanding public service. For much of the 20th Century, the Foundation was led by Mary Lasker, who was America's
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