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Dr. Huda Zoghbi to receive 2009 Vilcek Prize in biomedical research
Date:2/9/2009

blic of the immeasurable contributions of the foreign-born to this country throughout its history. Dr. Vilcek points out, "Much of the advancement of science in the United States from the first half of the twentieth century onward rests on the achievements of foreign-born individuals. The outstanding work of this year's science honoree, Dr. Huda Zoghbi, underscores the importance of remembering this fact."

This year's Vilcek Prize recipients demonstrate the truly global influence of America's immigrants: Mike Nichols was born in Berlin, Germany; Dr. Huda Zoghbi in Beirut, Lebanon; Ham Tran in Saigon, Vietnam; and Dr. Howard Chang, in Taipei, Taiwan.

The 2009 biomedical science winners were chosen by independent panels of experts. The jury for the Vilcek Prize included: Dr. Claudio Basilico, Professor and Chairman in the Department of Microbiology, NYU School of Medicine; Dr. Bruce Cronstein, Professor of Medicine, Pathology and Pharmacology, NYU School of Medicine; Dr. Rudolf Jaenisch, Member of the Whitehead Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Dr. Joan Massagu, Chairman of the Cancer Biology and Genetics Program, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Dr. Inder Verma, American Cancer Society Professor of Molecular Biology, the Salk Institute; and Dr. Jan Vilcek, Professor of Microbiology, NYU School of Medicine. The jury for the Creative Promise Prize included: Dr. Heran Darwin, Assistant Professor of Microbiology, NYU School of Medicine; Dr. Laurie Dempsey, Senior Editor, Nature Immunology; Dr. Peter Palese, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Microbiology, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine; Dr. Jan Vilcek, Professor of Microbiology, NYU School of Medicine; Dr. Leslie B. Vosshall, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Chemers Family Associate Professor, The Rockefeller University; Nicholas Wade, Science Reporter, The New York Times; and Dr. Jedd Wolchok, Associate Director, Ludwig Center for Cancer Im
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Contact: Sharu Mundell-Williams
sharu.williams@vilcek.org
917-432-5328
The Vilcek Foundation
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