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Classic Lasker

Jun 10, 2022

“If we’re smart enough to figure out the cause of something, we can intervene to change the effects.” William Foege won the 2001 Lasker Award for Public Service for his courageous leadership in improving worldwide public health. Here, Foege is interviewed by Allan Rosenfield of Columbia University. Foege talks...


May 8, 2022

We’ve been hearing a lot about immunology the past two years since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. But can you explain how our immune system works? 2007 Lasker Laureate Ralph Steinman discovered dendritic cells, the preeminent component of the immune system that initiates and regulates the body’s response to...


Mar 29, 2022

“I was forty-seven years old before I did anything that people would really look at twice.” Janet Rowley’s discovery of chromosomal translocations made it possible to diagnose cancer at the molecular level, and her work earned her a Lasker Award. But getting there wasn’t easy. In this interview, given before the...


Mar 7, 2022

In this 1996 interview between Lasker Award winner Paul Zamecnik and three-time Emmy Award-winning journalist Richard Cohen, Zamecnik tells us about how he got into basic research as WWII was imminent, about not winning the Nobel prize, and his chance encounters that led him to ask the question: “How do you make...