FNIH Presents Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences to Dr. Karl Deisseroth

Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D., 2015 winner of Lurie Prize      Dr. Karl Deisseroth speaking to Dr. Francis Collins

Friends, Board members and guests of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health came together on May 20 for the FNIH Award Ceremony, which honored Dr. Karl Deisseroth with the 2015 Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Deisseroth, the D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, developed optogenetics, a technology for controlling cells with light, and CLARITY, a method for making intact organs transparent for study. Presenting him the Lurie medal and certificate are Ann Lurie, left, philanthropist, FNIH Board Member and benefactor of the Lurie Prize, and Dr. Maria Freire, President and Executive Director of the FNIH. At the conclusion of the dinner, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins performed a special song in honor of Dr. Deisseroth and his work.

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Dr. Maria Freire, President, FNIHThe Washington, D.C. newspaper The Hill has published an op-ed by FNIH President and Executive Director Maria Freire, “Young medical researchers face staggering odds.” Dr. Freire argues that “Congress needs to translate politically popular pledges of support into actual (lifesaving) support by approving increased funding levels for the NIH and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to ensure that basic research findings are translated into practical uses like medicines, diagnostic and preventive tools and devices for the benefit of all.” Read the full text here >>
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