The 2009 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award has been awarded to Brian Druker, MD, of the Oregon Health & Science University, and Charles L. Sawyers, MD, of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, for their research on Gleevec, a drug that transformed chronic myelogenous leukemia from a fatal cancer into a manageable chronic condition.
The Lasker Awards are among the most respected science prizes in the world and have often predicted future Nobel Prize winners. Since 1945, the Awards Program has recognized the contributions of scientists, physicians, and public servants who have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of human disease. Specifically, the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award honors investigators whose contributions have improved the clinical treatment of patients.
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