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Keck School to host lectures by Lasker Award winners

Annual lectures explore pressing scientific queries

The Lasker Awards are given for outstanding basic and clinical medical research discoveries.

The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation announced that the Keck School of Medicine of USC will host the Lasker Lectures featuring recipients of the 2013 Lasker Awards.

The annual lectures feature presentations by laureates who explore pressing scientific questions related to biomedical research. This is the first time in the 68-year history of the foundation that a major academic medical center has hosted lectures delivered by all of the year’s winners of both the basic and clinical medical research awards.

“The Lasker Awards celebrate the world’s finest scientists and clinicians whose work has led to the understanding, diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure of many diseases,” said Carmen A. Puliafito, dean of the Keck School. “We are deeply honored to host the Lasker Lectures, and we extend a warm welcome to this remarkable and distinguished group of individuals and laud them for their contributions to biomedical research.”

The Lasker Awards are given for outstanding basic and clinical medical research discoveries and for lifetime contributions to medical science and for outstanding public service. The awards, which carry an honorarium of $250,000 in each category, were presented on Sept. 20 in New York City.

The lectures at USC will be given by Richard Scheller, executive vice president, research administration of Genentech, and Thomas Sudhof, professor of molecular and cellular physiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, who shared the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for discoveries concerning rapid neurotransmitter release. Their work provides insights into how communication occurs in the brain. They will speak on March 4 in Mayer Auditorium on the Health Sciences Campus.

Graeme Clark, professor emeritus at the University of Melbourne, Australia; Ingeborg Hochmair, co-founder and CEO of the cochlear implant company MED-EL; and Blake  Wilson, co-director of the Duke Hearing Center at Duke University, shared the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award for developing the modern cochlear implant, a device that allows the profoundly deaf to hear. They will deliver their lectures on April 10, also in Mayer Auditorium.

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