Scientists Share $500,000 Albany Medical Center Prize

July 4, 2008

The largest medical prize in the U.S., the Albany Medical Center Prize, was awarded to two top women scientists.  The world's second largest medical prize, behind the Nobel Prize, is worth $500,000..Boston (ChattahBox) – The largest medical prize in the U.S., the Albany Medical Center Prize, was awarded to two top women scientists. The world’s second largest medical prize, behind the Nobel Prize, is worth $500,000.

Elizabeth Blackburn of the University of California, San Francisco and Joan Steitz of Yale University were awarded the prize on Friday in the field of medicine and biomedical research.

Blackburn and Steitz are best known for their work on the ribonucleoprotein enzyme telomerase.

James Barba, president of the Albany Medical Center put out a statement saying “Dr. Blackburn’s studies of this fascinating enzyme and its effect on cellular aging may hold the key to prolonging life by helping to treat a variety of diseases and disorders from cancer to chronic stress.”

“Many scientists believe that Dr. Steitz’ research may ultimately lead to breakthroughs in treating a varity of autoimmune diseases including lupus.”

It is expected that their future work could lead to many medical advancements over time.


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