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Jaenisch to receive MGH's Warren Triennial Prize

Whitehead member, biology professor wins prize alongside Kyoto University professor.
Whitehead Institute Founding Member and MIT Professor of Biology Rudolf Jaenisch.
Whitehead Institute Founding Member and MIT Professor of Biology Rudolf Jaenisch.
Photo: Sam Ogden/Whitehead Institute

Whitehead Institute Founding Member Rudolf Jaenisch, who is also a professor of biology at MIT, has been named a recipient of the 2011 Warren Triennial Prize of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).

Created in 1871, the Warren Prize was named for Dr. John Collins Warren, a co-founder of the MGH who played a leading role in establishing what would become The New England Journal of Medicine and, on Oct. 16, 1846, performed the first public surgical operation on a patient under ether anesthesia. Usually given every third year, the Warren Prize, which includes a $50,000 award, honors scientists who have made outstanding contributions in fields related to medicine. By tradition, the prize is awarded to two scientists, and Jaenisch will share the prize with Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, who is on the faculty of both Kyoto University in Japan and the Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco.

"The Warren Triennial is the top scientific award presented by the MGH, and we are delighted to be able to honor the groundbreaking work of Drs. Yamanaka and Jaenisch," said Dr. Daniel Haber, MD, PhD, chair of the MGH Executive Committee on Research and director of the MGH Cancer Center. "Their research has opened up a new direction for the future of medicine, and the MGH is particularly proud to recognize these discoveries in our bicentennial year, in which we will celebrate both the rich history and future promise of biomedical research."

“I am very honored and particularly pleased to be awarded this prize with Yamanaka, who has made such important contributions to this field,” Jaenisch said.

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