The 2006 awards will be given to Jean-Pierre Changeux, who established that "allosteric processes" regulate not only metabolic but also neuronal traffic; Charles Weissmann for his elucidation of multiple interferon genes and the pharmaceutical development of Intron A (interferon alpha2b); and Eric Kandel, the 2000 Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine for his analysis of how molecular biology sets the stage for memory.
These distinguished medical researchers will receive their awards at a ceremony to be held at 4:00 p.m. in Schwartz Lecture Hall F at NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Gerald Weissmann, Director of the Biotechnology Study Center, will chair the symposium, which will be co-sponsored by The Honors Program and feature presentations by each of the awardees.
The ceremony will be followed by a public reception in the Faculty Dining Room. Since 2004, the awards have been aided by a generous grant from Dart Neuroscience, LLP and are awarded on behalf of the Fellows of the Center.
The Award Recipients
In Basic Biotechnology: Jean-Pierre Changeux
(Institut Pasteur; Collge de France)
A pioneer in molecular biology, an art scholar and widely-read author, he is honored for identification of the first
neurotransmitter receptor and ligand-gated ion channel (the acetylcholine nicotinic receptor). He has established that
"allosteric processes," conformational changes between protein subunits of enzymes or recept
Contact: Pamela McDonnell
New York University Medical Center and School of Medicine