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Awards & Career Milestones

VA neuroscientist receives Axelrod Prize

VA neuroscientist receives Axelrod Prize Dr. Stephen Waxman received the 2018 Julius Axelrod Prize from the Society of Neuroscience. He was honored for his research describing the roles that ion channels play in diseases of the brain and spinal cord. The Axelrod Prize is given in recognition of exceptional achievement in neuropharmacology or related fields. 11-29-2018



Dr. William A. Banks receives VA's Middleton Award

Dr. William A. Banks receives VA's Middleton Award Dr. William A. Banks, associate chief of staff for research and development at VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Washington, has received the 2018 William S. Middleton Award. It is the highest honor conferred by the VA Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development (BLR&D) Service. 10-30-2018



McKee and Wyss-Coray Named to Time's 50 Most-Influential List

McKee and Wyss-Coray Named to Time's 50 Most-Influential List McKee and Wyss-Coray Named to Time's 50 Most-Influential List
VA research scientists Dr. Ann McKee and Dr. Tony Wyss-Coray were named to Time magazine's "The Healthcare 50"—a list of the 50 most-influential people in health care in 2018. The list honors scientists and innovators who are transforming the way we approach and deliver health care in the United States. 10-24-2018



Four VA scientists elected to National Academy of Medicine

Dr. Ann McKee Dr. Albert Siu Dr. Lucila Ohno-Machado Dr. Rachel M. Werner
Four senior VA researchers have been elected to the 2018 class of The National Academy of Medicine. The inductees are Dr. Ann McKee, VA Boston Healthcare System; Dr. Albert Siu, James J. Peters VA Medical Center in New York; Dr. Lucila Ohno-Machado, VA San Diego Healthcare System; and Dr. Rachel Werner, Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia. 10-19-2018



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Note: Each of the four services of VA Research may note awards and milestones for its investigators on its respective awards page, as per the links immediately below:

Past Major Awards

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

1998 - Ferid Murad, M.D., Ph.D. - nitric oxide

1977 - Andrew W. Schally, Ph.D., M.D.h.c. (Multi), D.Sc.,h.c. - peptide hormone

1977 - Rosalyn Yalow, Ph.D. - radioimmunoassay

Lasker-DeBakey Award

2012 - Thomas Starzl, M.D. - liver transplantation

1976 - Rosalyn Yalow, Ph.D. - radioimmunoassay

1975 - William Oldendorf, M.D. - computerized tomography

1975 - Andrew Schally, Ph.D., M.D.h.c. (Multi), D.Sc.,h.c. - peptide hormone

1974 - Ludwig Gross, M.D. - leukemia; cancer-causing viruses

1971 - Edward D. Freis, M.D. - drug therapy for hypertension

1963 - Michael E. DeBakey, M.D. - cardiovascular surgery


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