Navigation Links
Renowned Duke researcher wins Frontiers of Knowledge Award
Date:1/27/2010

DURHAM, N.C. -- The prestigious BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Biomedicine category goes this year to Robert J. Lefkowitz, M.D., James B. Duke Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator at Duke University Medical Center. This is only the second year the award has been given.

Dr. Lefkowitz's research has affected millions of cardiac and other patients worldwide. Lefkowitz proved the existence of, isolated, characterized and still studies G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). The receptors, which are located on the surface of the membranes that surround cells, are the targets of almost half of the drugs on the market today, including beta blockers for heart disease, antihistamines and ulcer medications. Lefkowitz, a Duke faculty member since 1973, also investigates related enzymes, proteins and signaling pathways and continues to learn all he can about these pivotal receptors.

"I am surprised, delighted and honored by the award, and am honored to be in the company of Joan Massagu, a fellow HHMI investigator who won last year," said Lefkowitz, who is also a Duke professor of immunology and a basic research cardiologist in the Duke Heart Center. "While it is a relatively new award, I know it is a very distinguished award and I am delighted to be the recipient."

The BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Biomedicine provides the winner a cash prize of 400,000 euros (about $563,400). The award, organized by the BBVA Foundation in partnership with Spain's National Research Council, was announced at 11 a.m. Madrid time on Jan. 27.

Dr. Lefkowitz is being awarded the prize for the work he has done since the beginning of his career and includes his ongoing studies of GPCRs and other key receptors. His research group first identified, purified and cloned the genes for these receptors in the 1970s and 1980s, and revealed the structure of the receptors as well their functions and regulation. This work facilitated and fundamentally altered the way in which numerous therapeutic agents have been developed.

Lefkowitz is also extremely proud of his mentoring work and of the students and fellows he has worked with over the years, many of whom have gone on to run successful laboratories and uncover their own discoveries about GPCRs and other receptors.


'/>"/>

Contact: Mary Jane Gore
mary.gore@duke.edu
919-660-1309
Duke University Medical Center
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. The Eye Institute of Utah Hosts World Renowned Cataract Surgeons: In Economically Trying Times, Nine Fortunate Patients Receive State of the Art Cataract Lenses
2. First New OTC Headache Brand in 15 Years; Renowned Doctor Introduces Powerful Headache Medicine
3. Renowned Cardiologist Offers Heart Healthy Tips for the Holiday Season
4. Breakthrough Approach to Age-old Ailment, Renowned Doctor Introduces Powerful Headache Medicine
5. World-Renowned Vascular Surgeon to Conduct Training at Harvard Medical School Site on Non-Invasive Treatment of Veins
6. Renowned cardiovascular researcher to receive Taylor Prize
7. Garth Fisher, M.D.(R), F.A.C.S., Announces Adoption of LifeSculpt Body Sculpting Within His World-Renowned Plastic Surgery Practice
8. Patrick Soon-Shiong, World Renowned Healthcare Visionary & Philanthropist, to Receive ABL's Leadership Award & Make Keynote Presentation, October 28, in Newport Beach
9. Renowned Geriatrician Tracy Hoffman Tapped as Corporate Director of Memory Care Excellence By Fast-Growing CRL
10. Renowned Southern California Doctors Emphasizing Early Detection During Breast Cancer Awareness Month
11. Video: Eat Tastefully Campaign: Diet Coke, Renowned Chef, Pop-Up Kitchen Reveal Secrets to Great Taste, Living Well
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... There are nearly 14.5 million ... million cancer survivors worldwide. On Sunday, June 5, 2016, communities around the world will ... Survivors Day®. , National Cancer Survivors Day® is an annual worldwide Celebration of ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... , ... May 26, 2016 , ... In an effort to provide hair restoration information ... both Snapchat users and those who do not use the app. Dr. Mohebi, the founder ... page, Dr. Mohebi Live . , Dr. Mohebi says, “The positive response to ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... North Cypress Medical ... at Blackhorse Golf Club in Cypress. With the help of community partners, the event ... empowers, and renews hope for wounded service members and their families through health, wellness, ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Power Systems, a leading developer ... Instructor Certification Course in Stoughton, Massachusetts. The course was led by Power Systems’ ... 8 hour interactive course to qualify participants as certified PowerWave trainers. , ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... ... The introduction of our professional athletes coincides with the company’s new campaign: “LOOK ... are proud to introduce Meghan Klingenberg, defender and World Champion with the US Women’s ... Los Angeles who was a second round selection in the 2012 NFL draft. We ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/24/2016)... -- Open Access Journal Focusing on ... Elsevier , a world-leading provider of scientific, technical ... launch of Clinical Neurophysiology Practice ... clinical practice issues in clinical neurophysiology. The journal will ... and didactic reviews. It is an official journal of ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... , May 23, 2016 ... Handling Equipment Market by Product (Wheelchair, Scooters, Medical ... (Bariatric Care, Critical Care, Wound), Accessories (Lifting, Transfer) ... to 2021", published by MarketsandMarkets, the patient handling ... Billion by 2021 at a CAGR of 10.5% ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... ALBANY, New York , May 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... new market report titled, " Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency Market ... Forecast 2013 - 2023 ." According to the report, ... at a CAGR of 8.3% from 2015 to 2023 ... pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) is a condition characterized by the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: