Weill Cornell Medical College dean wins Argentina's Dr. Luis Federico Leloir Prize

Published on November 27, 2012 at 4:01 AM · No Comments

Dr. Laurie H. Glimcher, the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell Medical College and provost for medical affairs of Cornell University, is a winner of the Dr. Luis Federico Leloir Prize of International Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation from Argentina's Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation. One of Argentina's most prestigious awards, it recognizes Dr. Glimcher's contributions to enriching international scientific cooperation with the nation.

"It is exciting and deeply humbling to accept this high accolade from Argentina's Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation," Dr. Glimcher says. "Science and medicine shouldn't have any barriers or borders hindering its advancement to heal patients. The most significant and pivotal biomedical research discoveries are often the result of meaningful collaborations, and it is among my deepest honors to be able to contribute to the successes of fellow investigators in Argentina and science around the globe."

The Dr. Luis Federico Leloir Prize is named after the outstanding Argentine biochemist Luis Federico Leloir (1906-1987), who in 1970 became the first Argentine winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry and throughout his life advocated for international scientific cooperation with Argentina. The prize was established in 2010 by Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation Dr. Lino Bara-ao in order to recognize the work of foreign experts who have made meaningful contributions to the promotion and strengthening cooperation in science, technology and innovation with Argentina.

Minister Dr. Bara-ao named Dr. Glimcher a Leloir Prize winner on Nov. 23 at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation's ceremony hosted at the Palacio San Mart-n in Argentina. This year, other honorees included: Dr. Manuel Cardona and Dr. Arsenio Mu-oz de la Pe-a of Spain; Dr. Ignacio Grossmann of the United States; Mr. G-nter Kniess, Argentina's former German Ambassador; Dr. Thomas Maibaum and Dr. Robert Pankhurst of the United Kingdom; Dr. Mogessie Aberra of Austria; Dr. Esther Oliveros of France; Dr. Rafael Radi of Uruguay; and Dr. Paulo Slud Brofman of Brazil. Dr. Glimcher plans to travel to Argentina next year to accept her award.

Nominated by Argentina's science and technology advisors and chosen by the Minister, Dr. Glimcher was acknowledged for her generous research contributions and collaborations investigating immune responses in cancer with top Argentinian physician-scientists, including Dr. Gabriel Rabinovich and Dr. Eduardo Arzt. Dr. Rabinovich is the head of the Laboratory of Immunopathology at the Institute of Biology and Experimental Medicine of the Argentinean National Research Council (CONICET) and professor of immunology at the Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires. Dr. Artz is a member of the Research Scientific Career of the National Research Council of Argentina, professor at the University of Buenos Aires and director of the BioMedicine Institute of Buenos Aires - CONICET - Partner Institute Max Planck Society.

Dr. Glimcher joins the ranks of some of the most world-renowned scientists who have earned the Leloir Prize honor, including Margaret Ann Shipp, director of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Lymphoma Program in Boston, Mass.; Jorge Allende, a professor at the University of Chile; Ugo Montanari, a professor at the University of Pisa, Italy; Robert Boyer, director of research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in France; Ricardo Ehrlich, Uruguay's minister of education; and Jose Manuel Silva Rodriguez, former director-general for Research of the European Commission.

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