For his discoveries of how proteins fold and twist into their complex but precise shapes, alumnus Arthur L. Horwich ’73, ’75 M.D., now the Sterling Professor of Genetics and professor of pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine, has won a share of this year’s prestigious Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award. The award, shared with Franz-Ulrich Hartl of the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Germany, carries a prize of $250,000 and will be presented Sept. 23, 2011, in New York. Lasker Awards are viewed as good predictors of the Nobel prize: 80 Lasker winners have won Nobels since 1945. Horwich was an early award winner. He earned his M.D. as part of Brown’s first M.D. graduating class. He was the medical school’s first valedictorian.

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