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UCSF's Blackburn Shares Columbia University's 2007 Horwitz Prize

By UCSF Today, adapted from Columbia University news release | October 4, 2007

Columbia University will award the 2007 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize to Joseph G. Gall, PhD, a cell biologist at the Carnegie Institution's Department of Embryology, Elizabeth H. Blackburn, PhD, a biologist and physiologist at the University of California, San Francisco and Carol W. Greider, PhD, a molecular biologist and geneticist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The awardees, who represent three generations of teacher-student scientists, will be honored for work that has contributed to the fundamental understanding of the aging process.

"The relationships among these three researchers represent the best promise of academic medicine -- science educators guiding their students toward discovery that furthers understandings for the entire biomedical and science community," said Lee Goldman, MD, executive vice president of Columbia University and dean of the faculties of health sciences and medicine at Columbia University Medical Center.

"We are pleased to continue our Horwitz tradition by awarding this year's prize to Joseph Gall, Elizabeth Blackburn and Carol Greider," said David Hirsh, PhD, executive vice president for research at Columbia University. "Our greater knowledge of the aging process, based on their research, is already impacting the study of cell cycles and cell death -- which is relevant to understanding neurodegenerative diseases and cancer."

Read more at UCSF Today, adapted from Columbia University news release