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Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science
About the Prize
Women have made significant contributions to the science of medicine. At Vanderbilt, we believe that for society to benefit from biomedical research, we must engage women in basic and clinical investigation, nurture their careers, and attract the most capable individuals. We created the Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science to honor and recognize a woman scientist of national reputation who has a stellar record of research accomplishments and is known for her mentorship of women in science. The Vanderbilt Prize winner also nurtures the career, research, and studies of a promising woman beginning her PhD studies at Vanderbilt. The prize recipient gives a lecture at Vanderbilt, will serve as a mentor to the Vanderbilt Prize Scholar, and receives an honorarium.
2013 Winner - Laurie Glimcher, M.D.
Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean and Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College
Provost for Medical Affairs of Cornell University
Dr. Glimcher will give her Vanderbilt Prize lecture as part of the Flexner Discovery Lecture Series on Thursday, May 1 at 4 p.m. in 208 Light Hall.
2012 Winner - Joan A. Steitz, Ph.D.
Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
Yale School of Medicine
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
See a video of Dr. Steitz's Vanderbilt Prize Lecture titled "Noncoding RNAs: with a viral twist," held on May 2, 2013, at 4 p.m. in 208 Light Hall, as part of the Flexner Discovery Lecture Series.
2011 Winner - Titia de Lange, Ph.D.
Leon Hess Professor and head of the Laboratory for Cell Biology and Genetics
American Cancer Society Research Professor
Director, Anderson Center for Cancer Research
Rockefeller University, New York
See a video of Dr. de Lange's Vanderbilt Prize Lecture titled "How telomeres solve the end-protection problem" held on February 23, 2012 at 4 p.m. in 208 Light Hall, as part of the Discovery Lecture Series.
2010 Winner - Nancy Andrews, MD, Ph.D.
Dean, Duke University School of Medicine
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Professor of Pediatrics
Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
See a video of Dr. Andrew's Vanderbilt Prize Lecture on Forging an Understanding of Iron Homeostasis held on March 31, 2011, at 4:00 p.m., in 208 Light Hall, as part of the Discovery Lecture Series.
2009 Winner - Susan Taylor, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of California, San Diego
See a video of Dr. Taylor's Vanderbilt Prize Lecture on Dynamics of Signaling by PKA held on February 18, 2010, at 4:00 p.m., in 208 Light Hall, as part of the Discovery Lecture Series.
2008 Winner - Ann Graybiel, Ph.D.
Walter A Rosenblith Professor of Neuroscience, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
See a video of Dr. Graybiel's Vanderbilt Prize Lecture on Our Habitual Lives: How the Brain Makes and Breaks Habits held on October 30, 2008, at 4:00 p.m., in 208 Light Hall, as part of the Discovery Lecture Series.
2007 Winner - Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D.
Winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Medicine
Morris Herzstein Endowed Professor in Biology & Physiology, Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco
See a video of Dr. Blackburn's presentation on Telomeres and Telomerase in Health and Disease in the Discovery Lecture Series on January 10, 2008.
2006 Winner - Nancy Andreasen M.D., Ph.D.
Andrew H. Woods Chair of Psychiatry at The University of Iowa
See a video of Dr. Andreasen's presentation on The Creative Brain: The Neuroscience of Genius in the Discovery Lecture Series on September 28, 2006.