Sackler Faculty Honored with Zucker Research Prizes

Two Sackler School faculty members are the 2012 recipients of the Zucker Research prizes. These awards recognize outstanding achievement in research. The recipient of the Zucker Family Prize is Harry Selker, MD, Professor of Medicine and member of the Clinical & Translational Science Program. The recipient of the Milton O and Natalie V Zucker Prize is Thereza Imanishi-Kari, PhD, Associate Professor of Pathology and member of the Genetics and Immunology Programs.

Dr. Selker was recognized for his outstanding contributions in the development of treatment strategies, decision aids, methods and systems that improve emergency and cardiac care. His development and testing of electrocardiograph-based predictive instruments have had a lasting world-wide impact.  His leadership of the IMMEDIATE trial is particularly noteworthy. The results of this study have changed the way paramedics provide emergency treatment to cardiac patients and should reduce mortality.  Indeed, this work demonstrates the need for well-conceived and controlled clinical trials that allow assessment of particular interventions and treatments.

Dr. Imanishi-Kari was recognized for her research on basic mechanisms of auto-immunity and the development of antibody-producing B lymphocytes. Her research, which has always focused on understanding the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus, has changed our understanding of the mechanisms by which this disease arises. Among the seminal findings are the identification of a novel and unanticipated mechanism of antibody gene diversification in developing B cells that can lead to the development of auto-immunity. Dr. Imanishi-Kari's group also was among the first to appreciate the role of the innate immune response in auto-immune disorders. 

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