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Vale receives 2012 Lasker Award
By Rebecca Dawson / Wed Sep 19, 2012
Ronald Vale, PhD, of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), was one of three scientists awarded the 2012 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award. The researchers’ work, beginning more than three decades ago, has helped illuminate several critical aspects of life — how the heart beats and how cells transport material around internally.
The other two scientists were James Spudich, PhD, of Stanford University, and Michael Sheetz, PhD, of Columbia University.
Each scientist led efforts beginning in the early 1980s that uncovered the basis of muscle contractions and heartbeats; that identified tiny molecular motors that chug cargo to and fro within cells; and that described the microscopic roadways along which these motors travel.
Talking about one of these molecular motor proteins, almost 30 years after he first co-discovered it, Vale is still filled with wonder.
About the School: The UCSF School of Pharmacy aims to solve the most pressing health care problems and strives to ensure that each patient receives the safest, most effective treatments. Our discoveries seed the development of novel therapies, and our researchers consistently lead the nation in NIH funding. The School’s doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree program, with its unique emphasis on scientific thinking, prepares students to be critical thinkers and leaders in their field.