A scientist who discovered a powerful malaria drug and two others who illuminated how proteins fold within cells have won prestigious medical awards. The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation announced the $250,000 prizes Monday and will present them Sept. 23 in New York.
Tu Youyou, 81, of the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in Beijing, won the clinical research award for discovering the malaria drug artemisinin (ar-tuh-MIHS’-ihn-ihn), which the foundation said has saved millions of lives.
On September 23, the tenured researcher Tu Youyou of the China Academy of traditional Chinese medicine, in the United States, New York, awarded Lasker Award. The same day, international medical Award–United States Lasker Awards will be granted to Chinese Tu Youyou, in recognition of her “discovered artemisinin-a drug for malaria and save the lives of millions of people in the world, particularly in developing countries.” This is the first time Chinese scientists have received the Lasker prize.
“discovered artemisinin-a drug for malaria and save the lives of millions of people in the world, particularly in developing countries.”Lasker Award Committee considers that TU’s group develop the one of the oldest Chinese medicine into the most powerful anti-malaria drugs, which makes modern technology combined with traditional Chinese medicals. And this will be one of the most valuable compliment in the 21st century.
In the history of human drugs, we celebrate for such grand move of relieving the pain of hundreds of millions of people and pressure, and saving the lives of millions of people in hundreds of countries,”Lucy Shapiro said, a professor from Stanford University and the judge member of Lasker Award. Shapiro said the artemisinin, a highly effective antimalarial drug comes from TU’s team, Professor TU’s work provided the world with the most important drugs intervention program in the past half century.