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Yale Daily News, February 1, 2018
Molecular biologist Joan Steitz spoke about modern scientific advancements, prejudice in science and her own experiences at a wide-ranging college tea.
Pacific Standard, October 17, 2017
While Joan Steitz hasn’t won the Nobel, both she and King have won the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize—a prize established by Nobel laureate Paul Greengard, who used his Nobel money to set up a prize that “recognizes the accomplishment of outstanding women scientists.”
The New York Times, May 15, 2017
At 98, Dr. Milner is not letting up in a nearly 70-year career to clarify the function of many brain regions — frontal lobes, and temporal; vision centers and tactile; the left hemisphere and the right — usually by painstakingly testing people with brain lesions, often from surgery. Her prominence long ago transcended gender, and she is impatient with those who expect her to be a social activist. It’s science first with Dr. Milner, say close colleagues, in her lab and her life.
The Wall Street Journal, December 23, 2014
The biophysicist [Dr. Paul Greengard] and Ms. von Rydingsvard established the $100,000 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize, in partnership with other supporters of Rockefeller University. It’s awarded annually to women for outstanding achievements in science. Two recipients have gone on to win Nobel Prizes themselves. The 2014 award went to Lucy Shapiro, a developmental biologist at Stanford University.
live science, December 18, 2014
Publicizing the success of established female scientists is an additional incentive for female trainees to stay focused and do great science. To recognize outstanding female leaders in biology, Rockefeller neuroscientist and Nobel laureate Paul Greengard and his wife, sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard, established the annual Pearl Meister Greengard Prize.
The New York Times, September 8, 2014
The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation awards — often called the “American Nobels” in medical science — were announced Monday morning, and one of the winners used the spotlight to call for greatly widening the use of genetic screening for breast and ovarian cancer.
The recipient, Mary-Claire King, 68, of the University of Washington in Seattle, is one of five scientists being honored; she won the special achievement award for “bold, imaginative” scientific and human rights accomplishments.
The Wall Street Journal, December 6, 2013
Pediatric neurologist and neuroscientist Huda Y. Zoghbi won Rockefeller University’s 10th annual Pearl Meister Greengard Prize, which on Thursday night she attributed in part to following “a gut feeling.” For 16 years, she tracked down a gene mutation that causes Rett Syndrome, a form of autism that only affects girls. None of her male colleagues supported her hunch that Rett Syndrome could be a genetic disorder.
HuffPost Science, December 4, 2013
There is nothing particularly remarkable about a woman doing science. Any person — man or woman — who shows an intellectual curiosity combined with a strong work ethic, good decision making, and a little bit of luck can be successful in science. What is remarkable, however, is the severe underrepresentation of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. And for the few women who pursue these career endeavors, their achievements, however great, often go unsung.
Nature, October 23, 2013
Duplication of a single gene — and too much of the corresponding protein in brain cells — causes mice to have seizures and display manic-like behaviour, a study has found. But a widely used drug reversed the symptoms, suggesting that it could also help some people with hyperactivity who do not respond to common treatments.
The New York Times, August 30, 2013
A crane was standing by, and, as dozens of people looked on, it lifted the 19-foot-high abstract sculpture into place, right under the Center’s distinctive “oculus” overhang. By sunrise on Friday, “Ona,” by the artist Ursula von Rydingsvard, was greeting surprised passers-by.
Slate, June 15, 2013
Mary-Claire King, the geneticist who discovered the BRCA1 gene, says she is delighted by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that makes it illegal to patent it. Her work inspired the forthcoming film Decoding Annie Parker, in which she is portrayed by Helen Hunt.
The 2012 Pearl Meister Greengard Award: Honoring Joan A. Steitz, PhD, for her Pioneering Work in RNA Biology
HuffPost Science, November 19, 2012
When Nobel laureates do noble deeds, it does not go unrecognized. Using his winnings from the 2000 Nobel Prize in Medicine, Dr. Paul Greengard of The Rockefeller University, along with generous supporters, established the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize to celebrate the outstanding contributions of women in science.
The New York Times, October 20, 2012
Sylvia Earle is an oceanographer, explorer and conservationist who has led more than 60 deep-sea expeditions and logged more than 6,000 hours underwater, setting world records for solo diving.
Fox News, November 8, 2011
At 93-years-old, Brenda Milner is responsible for some of the biggest discoveries in the science of memory. And she’s still working today, at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She’s also the winner of the prestigious Pearl Meister Greengard Prize for her achievements, which includes $100,000 in award money.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 6, 2011
Psychology students who read about Brenda Milner’s seminal work with amnesia patients nearly 60 years ago might not suspect that she is, at 93, still engaged full time in research and teaching. Nor that last week, in New York, she would be picking up a major award, the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize, which honors female researchers who have made extraordinary contributions to the biomedical sciences.
The Globe and Mail, November 3, 2011
Brenda Milner is one of the most important neuroscientists of the 20th century, blazing a trail at McGill University in Montreal at a time when few women held positions of importance in science. She has received numerous awards for her work and on Thursday, at 93 years old, she’ll be honoured with another.
The Huffington Post, November 3, 2011
Why can’t all men be like Nobel Laureate Paul Greengard?
Shortly after he was awarded the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on transmitters in the brain, Dr. Greengard decided to endow a scientific prize of his own — one most of his fellow Nobel laureates could never even hope to win.
The 2011 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize: Honoring Dr. Brenda Milner for her pioneering work in cognitive neuroscience
Scientific American, October 26, 2011
Tragic it is when a young mother never gets to meet her newborn child; however, it is also awe-inspiring to see a victim of this circumstance rise above and honor his mother’s sacrifice.
The New York Times, February 7, 2011
Dr. Janet Davison Rowley, 85, is the matriarch of modern cancer genetics. Without her 1970s finding that broken and translocated chromosomes were a factor in blood cancers, we might not have the treatments for leukemia that are commonplace today.
The New York Times, October 5, 2009
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded Monday to three American scientists who solved a problem of cell biology with deep relevance to cancer and aging. The three winners are Elizabeth H. Blackburn of the University of California, San Francisco; Carol W. Greider of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; and Jack W. Szostak of Massachusetts General Hospital.
TIME, October 10, 2008
American neuroscientist Paul Greengard, a professor at Rockefeller University in New York City, shared the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with two other researchers for their discoveries involving the communication of nerve cells — work that paved the way for the eventual development of antidepressants, such as Prozac. Greengard invested the entire sum of his winnings, about $400,000, to establish a new award: the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize.
The New York Times, September 26, 2006
When the neuroscientist Paul Greengard was named one of three winners of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, he decided to use his award — almost $400,000 — to finance something new: the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize.
Paul Greengard News
Reader’s Digest, August 18, 2017
Waiting six weeks for antidepressants to kick in can be excruciating for someone who’s really suffering, but science may have a solution.
BuzzFeed News, December 18, 2015
Paul Greengard is a Nobel Laureate, a titan in the field of neuroscience, and still spends most weeks in the lab. Last week he turned 90.
Scientific American, December 11, 2015
The Greengard Laboratory at The Rockefeller University has published research this year on Alzheimer’s, major depression and Parkinson’s
Fox News, August 20, 2015
“This finding is significant as it provides an opportunity to create new treatments that will protect the brain by activating the pathway we discovered, which will prevent beta amyloid formation,” Nobel Laureate Dr. Paul Greengard, director of The Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research, said in a news release.
c & en, July 20, 2015
Blessed with long life, these chemists find intellectual stimulation and satisfaction by working in their 90s and beyond
Crain’s, August 21, 2011
In 2000, Paul Greengard received a Nobel Prize for mapping the biochemical process by which nerve cells communicate. That work is being used in the development of drugs that can intervene when processes go awry and lead to psychiatric or neurological abnormalities.
The Wall Street Journal, April 26, 2011
“Physicians should consider the advantages and disadvantages of giving an anti-inflammatory with the antidepressant depending on how severe the pain is and how depressed they are,” said Paul Greengard, senior author on the paper and head of the molecular and cellular neuroscience lab at Rockefeller.
TIME, April 25, 2011
“We think this effect is huge,” says study author Paul Greengard, a Nobel laureate and professor of neuroscience at Rockefeller University, noting that the effect of the NSAIDs is comparable to the difference seen in clinical trials between antidepressants and placebo. “It’s possible that there’s a bigger effect than is apparent from these data. It could be a reason that many people are refractory to antidepressant treatment.”
npr, April 25, 2011
Painkillers like Motrin may interfere with antidepressant medications, making it less likely that someone taking both will get relief from depression.
Fox News, April 25, 2011
In my opinion, the findings that the use of anti-inflammatory may decrease the effectiveness of many antidepressant medications, by Dr. Paul Greengard and his team are very significant, because chronic pain is often a secondary characteristic of many depressive disorders, and the use of over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs is quite high.
Fox News, April 25, 2011
For the study, Warner-Schmidt and Dr. Paul Greengard, a Nobel laureate and director of the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research, treated mice with antidepressants, both in the presence and absence of anti-inflammatory drugs, and then analyzed how the mice behaved in “tasks that are sensitive to antidepressant treatment.”
Fox News, November 5, 2010
Dr. Paul Greengard is closer than anyone else to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. He invited Dr. Manny into his lab to find out more about his latest discovery which could help to abolish the condition.
The New York Times, September 1, 2010
In a year when news about Alzheimer’s disease seems to whipsaw between encouraging and disheartening, a new discovery by an 84-year-old scientist has illuminated a new direction.