The Wiley Foundation announced on February 20th that the 17th annual Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences will be awarded to Lynne E. Maquat for elucidating the mechanism of nonsense-mediated messenger RNA decay, a fundamental process whereby cells remove defective transcripts that can encode toxic proteins. This year’s award of $50,000 will be presented to Dr. Maquat on April 13, 2018 during a ceremony held at The Rockefeller University in New York City. Read the full press release here.
It is with great sadness that the Wiley Foundation announces the passing of Günter Blobel, former Chair of the Wiley Prize Jury and founding member of the Wiley Foundation.
“Günter was a towering figure in the scientific community who made fundamental contributions to our understanding of the most basic processes that underlie life on our planet,” Richard P. Lifton, president of The Rockefeller University and Wiley Prize jury member, said in a statement. “His work revolutionized cell biology, demonstrating that seemingly impenetrable problems could be understood in molecular detail.”
The Wiley Foundation will miss Günter's leadership, wisdom and guidance which were pivotal in creating the annual Wiley Prize.
The Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences, awarded by the Wiley Foundation, celebrates research that champions novel approaches and challenges accepted thinking in the biomedical sciences. It honors a specific contribution or series of contributions that demonstrate significant leadership or innovation in the development of research concepts or their clinical application.
Past prize winners have been chosen because of their breakthrough research in areas as diverse as genetics, cell motility, folded proteins and siRNA. The impressive list of past recipients includes winners of the Nobel Prize and the Lasker Prize in basic medical research.
The Wiley Foundation invites and encourages the nomination of exceptional scientists or research teams whose work has achieved an impressive level of excellence. Nominations for the prize are accepted up through the end of September each year. Each nomination should be submitted by someone other than the nominee. More than one nomination can be made from the same organization and international nominations are encouraged.