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Lefkowitz, BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Biomedicine
Date:1/27/2010

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Biomedicine category goes in this second edition to Prof. Robert J. Lefkowitz (1943, New York, United States), investigator in the Department of Medicine at Duke University (United States). The award was granted, in the words of the jury, "for his discoveries of the seven transmembrane receptors (G protein-coupled receptors), the largest, most versatile and most therapeutically accessible receptor signaling system, and of the general mechanism of their regulation".

Lefkowitz is author of more than 850 research papers that at the time of writing have been cited on over 95,000 occasions. His findings have led to the development of numerous drugs for a wide variety of conditions, above all in neurology (Parkinson's disease), cardiology (arterial hypertension) and diabetes.

The Frontiers of Knowledge Awards honor world-class research and artistic creation. The breadth of disciplines addressed and their monetary amount, an annual 3.2 million euros, place them among the foremost international award families. However their uniqueness lies in their close alignment with the scientific, technological, social and economic challenges of the present century. In this respect, they are the first to reserve dedicated categories for Climate Change; Development Cooperation; Information and Communication Technologies, and Ecology and Conservation Biology, alongside the awards going to outstanding contributions in Economics, Finance and Management; Basic Sciences; Biomedicine, and Contemporary Music.

On being informed of the decision, Professor Lefkowitz declared himself "just thrilled. In its short history, this award has gone to the best of us, to Dr. Massagu. I have nothing but the biggest admiration and respect for his work and feel honored to be in his company". Joan Massagu, Spain's most internationally cited working scientist, was winner in this category in the first edition of the Frontiers Awards.


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