Inflammation Researcher to Receive 2016 Ross Prize

On June 13, Dr. Charles Serhan and other inflammation experts will gather in New York for the awarding of the Ross Prize in Molecular Medicine and related scientific lectures.

NEW YORK, June 2, 2016  On June 13, 2016, researchers will gather in New York City for the 2016 Ross Prize in Molecular Medicine: Resolution of Inflammation symposium honoring 2016 Ross Prize winner Dr. Charles N. Serhan, PhD, DSc, Brigham and Women's Hospital & Harvard Medical School, for his important discoveries in identifying bioactive mediators and cellular pathways critical in the resolution of inflammatory diseases. The Ross Prize recognizes biomedical scientists whose discoveries have changed the way medicine is practiced.

"By using a multidisciplinary approach, Dr. Serhan discovered that inflammation resolution is an active process. His research has led to both a novel understanding of inflammatory pathologies and the subsequent development of therapies for difficult diseases," says Kevin J. Tracey, MD, President & Chief Executive Officer, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. "We are pleased to bring together researchers in this field to honor him and discuss the next steps in this important work."

In addition to the presentation of Dr. Serhan's Ross Prize by Lars Klareskog, MD, PhD, Karolinska Institutet and Dr. Serhan's keynote lecture, two leading researchers will give presentations about their work related to emerging approaches for targeting inflammatory diseases:

  • Mauro Perretti, PhD, The William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London, will give a talk entitled "Resolution Pharmacology: Innovation in the Treatment of Chronic Diseases," and
  • Ruslan M. Medzhitov, PhD, Yale School of Medicine, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will give a talk entitled "Inflammation, Homeostasis, and Disease."

"I am very pleased and excited to receive this year's Ross Prize in Molecular Medicine because it honors a new field of research, both our contributions and those of our collaborators," says Dr. Serhan. "Since many widely occurring diseases are associated with uncontrolled inflammation, such as arthritis, neurodegenerative diseases, and periodontal diseases, the identification of new endogenous pro-resolving mediators and mechanisms are fundamental and now offer many new treatment opportunities for these and other human diseases that involve microbial clearance, organ protection, and tissue regeneration."

"The visibility of the Ross Prize may help us move more swiftly in the clinical development of this new field of resolution pharmacology and novel therapeutics," adds Dr. Serhan.

Members of the media are invited to attend this event. For complimentary press passes, please contact Diana Friedman (dfriedman@nyas.org; 212-298-8645).


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