Nominations Sought for Largest Prize in Medicine in the United States

    ALBANY, N.Y., Jan. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- With less than two weeks to the
 deadline, Albany Medical Center announces that final nominations are due by
 January 15, 2002, 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 last year 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 Ronald A. Joyce, 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 of the Prize will be announced in March 2002; the award
 ceremony will be held on April 17, 2002, in Albany, N.Y.
     For further information, log on to http://www.amc.edu.
 
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SOURCE Albany Medical Center

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