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The presentation of the 2020 Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences is sponsored by:






The Lurie Prize is made possible by philanthropist Ann Lurie.

Today, we


Meet the enormously talented individuals behind the latest and greatest in scientific innovation.

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The Lurie Prize presentation is proudly sponsored by:
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The Lurie
Prize in

Photo of Ann Lurie.

This prize was created to highlight outstanding achievements and ingenuity by a promising early-career scientist in biomedical research, and this year’s winner is no exception. She’s something special — her work will push humanity forward and create unparalleled medical solutions for decades to come.”

This year’s winner of
the 8th annual flagship
Lurie Prize
is fundamentally
revolutionizing our understanding of biology
and disease

This year’s winner of
the 8th annual flagship
Lurie Prize
is fundamentally
revolutionizing our understanding of biology
and disease

taking the chaos of cell
genomes and creating
order to unveil striking

Dr. Aviv Regev

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Aviv Regev, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of Genentech Research and Early Development, was selected as the winner of the 2020 Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences by a jury of distinguished biomedical researchers.

Dr. Regev laid the groundwork for the field of single-cell genomics, spearheading new technologies that enable a sharper perspective on human cells and applying them to revolutionize understanding of biology and disease.

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A conversation with Dr. Francis S. Collins

One on One with Dr. Regev

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., is the 16th Director of the National Institutes of Health. In that role, he oversees the work of the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world, spanning the spectrum from basic to clinical research. Dr. Collins is a physician-geneticist lauded for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the Human Genome Project. He interviews Dr. Regev about her groundbreaking work in single-cell genomics, the Human Cell Atlas and advice to young scientists.

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Next Up Charles A. Sanders, M.D.,
Partnership Award

Charles A.
Sanders, M.D.,

Charles A. Sanders photo.

My vision was a simple one: when we partner with other organizations, our work is bolstered. The research, the results – everything is better. Today, we recognize someone who has made significant contributions to the FNIH’s work to build, implement and nurture public-private partnerships in support of the mission of the NIH.”

When organizations create partnerships
with the FNIH

things happen


and this year's
winner is no stranger
to doing
big things.

Changing the face of HIV/AIDS research Saving the lives of Ebola patients Director of NIAID Accelerating research on COVID-19 Improving diagnosis of tuberculosis and malaria

Meet Dr. Anthony S. Fauci

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Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), has earned the Partnership Award for his legacy of leadership and ongoing support of FNIH programs propelling research in lethal infectious diseases, most recently for COVID-19. He’s interviewed by Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall about this unprecedented moment in public health, as well as his hopes for the future of research.

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Next Up Trailblazer Prize for

FNIH Trailblazer
Prize for

John I. Gallin and Elaine Gallin group photo.

We are delighted to be able to support this prize, recognizing the critical contributions of early career physician-scientists whose work bridging patient care and cutting-edge clinical research has led to health care innovations. We are thrilled that this year, the applications for the FNIH Trailblazer Prize again reflected truly outstanding scientific achievements by early career clinical scientists from across the country.”

There are some
professionals who
combine two
dichotomous parts of
the scientific lifecycle.

Patient Care

Clinician-scientists live
in this intersection

This year’s winner is merging their work with
patients and in the lab to
create unparalleled, trailblazing scientific solutions.

to treat

and so much more.

Meet Dr. Michael Wilson

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Michael Wilson, M.D., Associate Professor of Neurology in the Division of Neuroimmunology and Glial Biology at the University of California San Francisco Weill Institute for Neurosciences, receives the Trailblazer Prize for pioneering a next-generation diagnostic approach to pinpoint infectious causes of inflammatory conditions of the central nervous system. He’s interviewed by Dr. Michael J. Welsh about diagnostic detective work and the value of the clinician-scientist to patients, research and public health.

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