ALBANY, N.Y., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- With less than one week to the deadline, Albany Medical Center announces that final nominations are due by January 15, 2003, for the Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research, the largest annual medical prize offered in the United States, and second worldwide to the Nobel Prize of Sweden. The award is $500,000. Established in November 2000 as a result of a $50 million gift commitment from New York City philanthropist Marty Silverman and the Silverman Foundation, the Albany Medical Center Prize is designed to encourage and recognize extraordinary and sustained contributions to improving health care and promoting innovative biomedical research. This prestigious prize is awarded each spring to a physician or scientist, or group, whose work has led 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. Those honored will be practitioners and/or scientists whose accomplishments and outcomes have been demonstrated in the past quarter century, with preference to demonstrated accomplishments in the past decade. Nominations by interested parties may be directed to David R. Buran, the secretary of the Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research, 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 or may be e-mailed to: AMCPrize@mail.amc.edu. 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. No self-nominations will be accepted. The recipient will be announced in March 2003. For further information, log on to: www.amc.edu .
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