Albert Lasker Award
21 September 2001
The Cardiff School of Biosciences is delighted to announce that its director, Professor Sir Martin Evans FRS, is a joint recipient of the Lasker Award, in recognition of his pioneering research on the modelling of human diseases in rodents, which is now set to have a major impact in research combating cancer and human genetic disorders.
This prestigious award is known as America's "Nobel Prize" and the Laskers are coveted among biomedical researchers. Since 1946, 63 Lasker winners have also received the Nobel Prize.
The Lasker Foundation says "Although deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life from the terrorist attack, the Foundation held its annual Awards ceremony on September 21, 2001 at the Pierre Hotel in New York City at noon. This ceremony honoured brilliant scientists who are warring against human disease. Their successes, to which Lasker pays tribute, are a reflection of an indefatigable belief in life-giving work that can defeat enemies of civilization - human and otherwise. "
"This is a tremendous honour," said Professor Evans. "I am delighted that this work has received such international recognition. "
"After the terrible events of 11 September, we thought the ceremony may have to be postponed, but New Yorkers are a tough breed, and I received an email from the Lasker Foundation asking me to confirm I would be attending."
He receives the award with Professor Mario Capecchi of the University of Utah and Professor Oliver Smithies of the University of North Carolina.
The citation issued by the Lasker Foundation concludes: "Capecchi, Evans and Smithies have revolutionised the study of human health and disease."
Professor Evans' acceptance speech is available on the
Lasker Organisation website.
A video of the interview with Professor Evans by Professor Virginia Papaioannou, Columbia University (you will need to download RealPlayer to view the movie) and a transcript of the interview are available from the Lasker Organisation website.
Extracts from Professor Evans' lab notebooks dated 01.07.80 and 18.07.80 are shown below: