The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) has named Xiaowei Zhuang, Ph.D., winner of the 2021 Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences for pioneering the development of super-resolution microscopy and genome-scale imaging showing new spatial and functional organizations of molecules and cells. Dr. Zhuang’s innovative work with microscopy has enabled researchers to visualize with high resolution the positioning of…
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2021 Morgan Medal: Ruth Lehmann

One of life’s great mysteries is how a single egg cell can contain all the information needed to create a fully specialized complex organism, including more egg cells. Ruth Lehmann, director of the Whitehead Institute at MIT, has done a tremendous amount to solve that mystery. Beginning in her graduate student days, she uncovered a pathway that controls germ cell…
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Dr. Edward T. Chouchani of Harvard Medical School is the winner of the 2021 Armen H. Tashjian Jr. Award for Excellence in Endocrine Research. This award was established to recognize scholars early in their careers who are pursuing novel areas of discovery in endocrine and related areas of research. The committee is comprised of Sudha Biddinger, MD, Ph.D.; David E.…
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Rebecca Harris, a physician-scientist at Whitehead Institute’s Brit J. d’Arbeloff Center for Women’s Health, has received a prestigious funding award from the NIH’s Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) program. BIRCWH is a mentored career-development program that connects high-achieving early-career researchers with established investigators pursuing research in women’s health and in the mechanisms underlying sex differences in health…
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Benjamin L. Ebert, MD, PhD, chair of medical oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is the recipient of the prestigious 2021 Stanley J. Korsmeyer Award from the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) for his contributions to the understanding of the genetics, biology, and treatment of myeloid malignancies. Ebert is also the George P. Canellos, MD, and Jean S. Canellos Professor…
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Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a leading funder of pediatric cancer research, has awarded a $4.95 million dollar grant to Leonard Zon, MD, of Boston Children’s Hospital through its Crazy 8 Initiative, which aims to provide detailed roadmaps toward cures for specific, hard-to-treat childhood cancers through collaborative research. Through this grant, “Barcoding Pediatric Leukemia for Therapeutic Purposes,” Zon will collaborate extensively…
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Recent Awards and Honors for the BIDMC Community

The Pew Charitable Trusts selected Mark Andermann, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at BIDMC, and Shingo Kajimura, MD, Investigator in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at BIDMC, to join its 2020 class of Innovation Fund investigators. The award aims to encourage collaborative projects within the Pew’s biomedical network. The American Red Cross of Massachusetts recognized two BIDMC staff members for…
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Michael Moskowitz, HMS professor of neurology at Mass General, was one of four researchers to be awarded the 2021 Brain Prize from the Lundbeck Foundation for their pathbreaking contributions that led to novel migraine therapies. Stuart Orkin, the David G. Nathan Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics at HMS and Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, was named to receive the 2021 Gruber Genetics Prize, which…
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The American Diabetes Association® (ADA) announced recipients of the 2021 National Scientific and Health Care Achievement Awards and Bruce Spiegelman, PhD, researcher at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute received the 2021 Albert Renold Award. This award is presented to an individual whose career is distinguished by outstanding achievements in the training and mentorship of diabetes research scientists and in the development of…
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The 2021 Gruber Genetics Prize recognizes hematologist-oncologist and geneticist Stuart H. Orkin, M.D., of Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, for his pioneering discoveries of the genetic underpinnings of blood disorders. His remarkable body of work has not only revolutionized our understanding of how these illnesses occur but has also led to promising new gene-based therapies for thalassemia and sickle…
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