A pair of Pennsylvania doctors will receive the 2014 J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine this fall.
The prestigious award will be presented to Alzheimer’s researchers Drs. John Q. Trojanowski and Virginia M.-Y. Lee at the annual Leaders in Innovation dinner at the Lamplighter on Nov. 20.
They’re researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where they lead the Marian S. Ware Alzheimer Drug Discovery Program.
Among the 10 most cited neuroscientists in the world, they have made major contributions to understanding the molecular basis of neurological disorders through their work uncovering major disease proteins in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal degeneration. This research has opened up new avenues to identify targets for drug discovery and development of therapeutics.
“Their work has had an immense impact on our understanding of neurological disorders and on our ability to develop focused therapies,” said Taylor prize committee chair Dr. Arthur Brown said. “They have made an unparalleled contribution to the field of neuroscience.”
Funded by the Stiller Foundation and the family of the award’s namesake, the J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine is named after the founding Chair of the Board at Robarts, and includes a cash prize of $25,000 and a medal bearing his likeness.