ALBANY, N.Y., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Nominations are due January 15 for the first-ever Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research, the largest annual prize in medicine ever offered in the United States. The award will be $500,000. The Prize, which was unveiled last November, is the result of a $50 million gift commitment by New York City philanthropist Morris "Marty" Silverman and the Silverman Foundation. This prestigious Prize will be awarded each spring to a physician or scientist, or group, whose work has lead to significant advances in the fields of health care and scientific research with demonstrated translational benefits applied to improved patient care. Physicians and scientists eligible for the award will include, but not be limited to, those working in the fields of disease and injury management, clinical research, and basic science investigations of diseases and injuries, leading to new discoveries and improved clinical outcomes. According to the criteria, those honored will be practitioners and/or scientists whose accomplishments and outcomes have been demonstrated within the past 10 years. Nominations by interested parties or self-nominations may be directed to Ronald A. Joyce, the secretary of the Albany Medical Center Prize Committee, c/o Albany Medical Center, Mail Code 119, 43 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, N.Y., 12208-3478. Nominations may also be faxed to (518) 262-4769. A letter of nomination must include a description of the nominee's extraordinary or sustained contribution to improving health care and patient care; or a description of innovative biomedical research with demonstrated translational benefits applied to improved patient care. The Selection Committee also requests two additional letters of support for each nomination, as well as the curriculum vita of each person nominated, with a bibliography of important publications and articles. The inaugural recipient of the Prize will be announced in March 2001, with the award ceremony slated for late April 2001, in Albany, N.Y. For additional information, please log on to the Albany Medical Center Website at http://www.amc.edu. Albany Medical Center is one of only 125 academic health sciences centers in the nation and the only such health care institution in northeastern New York. With 6,700 staff members, this leading not-for-profit health care institution constitutes the largest private employer in Albany. It includes one of New York's largest teaching hospitals, the Albany Medical Center Hospital (founded in 1849); one of the nation's oldest medical schools, the Albany Medical College (founded in 1839); and one of the Capital Region's most active fundraising organizations, the Albany Medical Center Foundation, Inc.
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