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What is the Albert Lasker Award?

The Albert Lasker Award celebrates scientists, physicians, and public servants whose accomplishments have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and cure of many crippling and fatal diseases. The Lasker Award has come to be known as the "American Nobel" and is the most coveted award in medical science. Since 1946, when the first Lasker Awards were presented, 22 recipients have been associated with The Rockefeller University.