Yamanaka receives Lasker Award for stem cell research

By Valerie Tucker

Shinya Yamanaka, MD, PhD, of the UCSF-affiliated Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease and Kyoto University, has won the 2009 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for his discovery of a method of reprogramming adult skin cells to become embryonic-like stem cells. Yamanaka, who is the L.K. Whittier Investigator in Stem Cell Biology at Gladstone and professor of anatomy at UCSF, is one of the youngest recipients of the award, which is one of the highest scientific honors bestowed in the United States.

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