Warren Alpert Foundation Prize

Auszeichnung fuer Mediziner

Der Warren Alpert Foundation Prize ist eine Auszeichnung der Warren Alpert Foundation mit Sitz in Providence, Rhode Island, die seit 1987 vergeben wird.

Ausgezeichnet werden in Zusammenarbeit mit der Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts,

“… scientists, physicians and researchers whose scientific achievements have led to the prevention, cure or treatment of human diseases or disorders, and/or whose research constitutes a seminal scientific finding that holds great promise of ultimately changing our understanding of or ability to treat disease.”

„… Wissenschaftler, Ärzte und Forscher, deren wissenschaftliche Leistungen zur Verhütung, Behandlung oder Heilung von Krankheiten und Störungen des Menschen geführt haben, oder deren Forschung einen wesentlichen Fund darstellt, der zu großer Hoffnung Anlass gibt, unser Verständnis von Krankheiten oder unsere Fähigkeiten, diese zu behandeln, letztlich zu ändern.“


Das Preisgeld beträgt (Stand 2020) 500.000 US-Dollar.


Jahr Begründung Preisträger
2020 For seminal discoveries about the function of key intestinal hormones, their effects on metabolism and the subsequent design of treatments for type 2 diabetes, obesity and short bowel syndrome Daniel J. Drucker, Joel Habener, Jens Juul Holst
2019 For seminal discoveries in optogenetics. Edward Boyden, Karl Deisseroth, Peter Hegemann, Gero Miesenböck
2018 For identifying faulty gene behind devastating disease, development of precision-targeted therapies. Francis Collins, Paul Negulescu, Bonnie Ramsey, Lap-Chee Tsui, Michael Welsh
2017 For transformative discoveries in the field of cancer immunology. James P. Allison, Lieping Chen, Gordon J. Freeman, Tasuku Honjo, Arlene Sharpe
2016 For remarkable contributions to the understanding of the CRISPR bacterial defense system and the revolutionary discovery that it can be adapted for genome editing. Rodolphe Barrangou, Jennifer Doudna, Philippe Horvath, Virginijus Šikšnys, Emmanuelle Charpentier
2015 For their pioneering discoveries in chemistry and parasitology, and personal commitments to translate these into effective chemotherapeutic and vaccine-based approaches to control malaria - their collective work will impact millions of lives globally particularly in the developing countries. Ruth S. Nussenzweig, Victor Nussenzweig, Tu Youyou
2014 For seminal contributions to our understanding of neurotransmission and neurodegeneration. Solomon H. Snyder, Roger A. Nicoll, Oleh Hornykiewicz
2013 For their seminal contributions to concepts and methods of creating a genetic map in the human, and of positional cloning, leading to the identification of thousands of human disease genes and ushering in the era of human genetics. Ronald W. Davis, David Botstein, David S. Hogness
2012 For the discovery, preclinical and clinical development of bortezomib to FDA approval and front line therapy for the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma. Julian Adams, Kenneth Anderson, Paul G. Richardson, Fred Goldberg
2011 In recognition of their extraordinary contributions to medicine and innovations in bioengineering. Alain Carpentier, Robert Langer
2010 For the expansion and differentiation of human keratinocyte stem cells for permanent skin restoration in victims of extensive burns. Howard Green
For the discovery, characterization and implementation of laser panretinal photo-coagulation, which is used to treat proliferative diabetic retinopathy. Lloyd Aiello
2007 For work leading to the development of a vaccine against human papillomavirus. Harald zur Hausen, Lutz Gissmann
2006 For their contribution to the development of the breast cancer therapy Herceptin, the first target-directed cancer treatment for solid tumors. Dennis Slamon, Axel Ullrich, Robert Weinberg, H. Michael Shepard
2005 For discovering angiogenesis and its relationship to disease, and for championing the concept of anti-angiogenic therapies. M. Judah Folkman
2004 For her seminal contributions to the understanding of how the antitumor agent Taxol kills cancer cells. Susan Band Horwitz
2003 For their pioneering work on the purification, characterization, and cloning of human interferon-alpha. Sidney Pestka, David Goeddel, Charles Weissmann
2002 For his pioneering work in understanding the role of vitamin A supplementation in preventing blindness and life-threatening infections in children in the developing world. Alfred Sommer
2001 For their pioneering work in cardiovascular research which has dramatically reduced the mortality rate for heart attacks. Eugene Braunwald, Barry S. Coller
2000 For their research that contributed to the development of a drug that effectively treats chronic megelogenous leukemia and other forms of cancer. Brian Druker, Nicholas Lydon, Alex Matter, Owen Witte, David Baltimore
1999 For their research in the development of statins which lower the level of cholesterol in the heart. Michael Brown, Joseph L. Goldstein, Akira Endo
1998 For elucidating the pathway forming the leukotrienes and their role in bronchial asthma. K. Frank Austen
1997 For their discovery of human immune deficiency virus (HIV). Robert C. Gallo, Luc Montagnier
1996 For their discoveries of molecules that regulate the growth and differentiation of bone marrow cells in health and disease. Leo Sachs, Donald Metcalf
1995 For the development of the lung surfactant used for treating pulmonary hyaline membrane disease. John A. Clements
1994 For identifying Helicobacter pylori as the organism that causes gastric and duodenal ulcers. John Robin Warren, Barry J. Marshall
1993 For developing a complete description of thalassemia at the molecular level. Stuart H. Orkin
1992 For discovering the enzymatic basis of Gaucher's disease leading to its effective treatment. Miguel A. Ondetti, Roscoe O. Brady
1991 For designing a powerful new approach to the treatment of high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. David W. Cushman
1989 For pioneering the use of DNA in the diagnosis of congenital anemias. Yuet-Wai Kan
1988 For defining the genetic basis of muscular dystrophy. Louis Kunkel
1987 For elaborating the genetics of Hepatitis B as the basis for its vaccine. Kenneth Murray



  1. Prize – warrenalpert.org. In: warrenalpert.org. Abgerufen am 27. März 2016 (englisch).