Steinman Wins Albany Medical Center Prize
Distinguished immunologist shares $500,000 award with two others.
Academy member Ralph Steinman has been selected to receive the prestigious 2009 Albany Medical Center Prize. The $500,000 prize, awarded annually, serves to encourage and recognize extraordinary and sustained contributions to improving health care and promoting innovative biomedical research. The largest prize in medicine in the U.S., it is bestowed to any physician or scientist, or group, whose work has led to significant advances in the fields of health care and scientific research with demonstrated translational benefits applied to improved patient care.
Steinman is the Henry G. Kunkel Professor in Rockefeller University’s Laboratory of Cellular Physiology and Immunohematology in New York. He is world-renowned for his discovery and subsequent studies of the dendritic cell, the immune system’s central regulator. He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1968 and joined Rockefeller in 1970 as a postdoctoral fellow following an internship and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Previously, he won the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research.
Sharing the prize with Steinman are Bruce Beutler, Professor and Chairman of the department of genetics at Scripps Research Institute, and Charles Dinarello, Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.