skip navigation nih record
Vol. LIX, No. 22
November 2, 2007
cover

previous story

next story



Fauci Wins 2007 Lasker Award for Public Service

  NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci (l) accepts Lasker Award from Nobel laureate Dr. Joseph Goldstein. (Photo: Joe Vericker, PhotoBureau, Inc.)  
  NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci (l) accepts Lasker Award from Nobel laureate Dr. Joseph Goldstein. (Photo: Joe Vericker, PhotoBureau, Inc.)  
NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci has received the 2007 Mary Woodard Lasker Award for Public Service for his role in developing two major U.S. public health programs, in AIDS and biodefense. The award was presented on Sept. 28 during a luncheon ceremony in New York City.

Fauci was honored for his role in helping develop the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the largest public health program in history devoted to a single disease, as well as Project Bioshield, designed to accelerate the research, development, purchase and availability of medical countermeasures against the effects of biological, chemical, radiological and nuclear agents.

Earlier this year, Fauci received two other major honors: the George M. Kober Medal of the Association of American Physicians for his work in clinical medicine, and the National Medal of Science, for his research into the pathogenesis of human immunodeficiency virus disease.

“It is fitting to have Tony recognized with a ‘trifecta’ of awards related to the three fundamental NIH missions: basic research, clinical research, and public service,” said NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni. “It is hard to think of anyone more deserving of this award.”

The Lasker Awards were first presented in 1946, and are administered by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation. The late Mary Woodard Lasker is widely recognized for her singular contribution to the growth of NIH and her commitment to government funding of medical research in the hope of curing diseases. Her support for medical research spanned five decades, during which she was the nation’s foremost citizen-activist on behalf of medical science. NIH Record Icon

back to top of page