September 22, 1997
Media Contacts: Gary Stephenson (410)955-5384
Sharon Rippey (410)955-6878
Victor A. McKusick, M.D.
Alfred Sommer, M.D.
For 52 years, the Lasker Medical Research Awards -- known as "America's Nobels"
-- have celebrated the scientists, physicians, and public servants whose
accomplishments have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis,
treatment, prevention, and cure of many of the great cripplers and killers of
This year, in an unprecedented action, two of the three awards are going to one institution -- Hopkins. The 1997 Albert Lasker Award for Special Achievement in Medical Science will be awarded to Victor A. McKusick, M.D., professor of medical genetics, for founding a new branch of medicine called medical genetics that has led to the mapping of tens of thousands of genes and to the Human Genome Project. The 1997 Albert Lasker Clinical Research award will go to Alfred Sommer, M.D., Dean of the School of Hygiene and Public Health, for his discovery that simple vitamin A supplementation prevents blindness and life-threatening infections in millions of children living in the poorest nations.
Read in greater detail about the singular achievements of these two medical pioneers Dr. Victor A. McKusick and Dr. Alfred Sommer.
To interview McKusick, call Gary Stephenson. To interview Sommer, call Sharon Rippey.