Member Update


Gairdner fund and AACR recognize Cantley

Lewis Cantley is being honored with the 2015 Canada Gairdner International Award for his groundbreaking work in the field of cancer research. The Canada Gairdner International Awards, which come with a 100,000 Canadian dollar prize, recognize biomedical scientists who present novel research toward understanding human biology and disease. The Gairdner Foundation is recognizing Cantley for his discovery of the enzyme phosphoinositide 3-kinase, or PI3K, which has proven vital in understanding cancer. Additionally, the American Association for Cancer Research is recognizing Cantley’s outstanding work with the Princess Takamatsu Memorial Lectureship. This award, started in 2007, is given out annually to a scientist whose work makes a profound impact toward understanding and treating cancer. His lecture, entitled “Targeting PI3K for Cancer Therapy,” was in April. Cantley is director of the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medical College.


Sharp wins Chemical Heritage Foundation’s Othmer medal

The Chemical Heritage Foundation is presenting the 2015 Othmer Gold Medal to Phil Sharp. The Othmer Gold Medal was established in 1997 to recognize the achievements of individuals who have made significant contributions to chemical and scientific heritage in a number of key areas, such as research, legislation or entrepreneurship. Sharp’s innovative research in the field of genetics has dealt with the molecular biology of gene expression relevant to cancer and the mechanisms of RNA splicing. Sharp, who serves both as Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and member of the department of biology and the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, also has founded several biotech companies including Biogen and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals. Sharp is one of three scientists who will get an Othmer Gold Medal at the Heritage Day Awards, the CHF’s annual celebration of scientific and technological achievement, this month.

6 members named HHMI investigators

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute named 26 researchers HHMI investigators in late May. Six members of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology were among them. They were:

Squire J. Booker Xinzhong Dong Reuben S. Harris Kim Orth Tobias C. Walther Jared Rutter
Booker Dong Harris Orth Walther Rutter

10 members elected to the National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences in late April elected 84 new members and 21 new foreign associates. Ten ASBMB members were among those elected. They were:

Brenda Bass Alfred Goldberg Alan Hinnebusch Jeannie Lee John Lis
Bass Goldberg Hinnebush Lee Lis
Thorner Ip Nagata Radi Sonenberg
Thorner Ip Nagata Radi Sonenberg
Erik Chaulk Erik Chaulk is a peer-review coordinator at the ASBMB.