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Northwestern accepting nominations for $200,000 Nemmers Prize in Medical Science

Physician-scientist nominations invited for 2018 prize

Northwestern University is accepting nominations for its $200,000 Mechthild Esser Nemmers Prize in Medical Science. The biennial prize will be awarded in fall 2018.

Candidacy for the 2018 Nemmers Prize is open to physician-scientists whose body of research exhibits outstanding achievement in their disciplines as demonstrated by works of lasting significance. Individuals of all nationalities and institutional affiliations are eligible, except current or recent members of the Northwestern faculty, past recipients of the Mechthild Esser Nemmers Prize and recipients of the Nobel Prize.

The 2018 recipient of the Nemmers Prize will deliver a public lecture and participate in other scholarly activities at Northwestern.  

The inaugural Nemmers Prize was awarded in 2016 to Dr. Huda Zoghbi, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and professor at Baylor College of Medicine known for her groundbreaking research on Rett syndrome and other neurological disorders.

“We look forward to honoring another outstanding investigator whose discoveries have contributed to improving human health and can transform the way we think about mechanisms of disease,” said Dr. Eric Neilson, vice president for medical affairs and Lewis Landsberg Dean at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. "At Feinberg, we are committed to fostering scientific discovery and innovation that will improve human health and lead to tomorrow's cures."

This award is made possible by a generous gift to Northwestern by the late Erwin Esser Nemmers and the late Frederic Esser Nemmers. The Nemmers Prize in Medical Sciences is the fourth Nemmers prize established by Northwestern and joins the Erwin Plein Nemmers Prize in Economics, the Frederic Esser Nemmers Prize in Mathematics, the Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition and the new Nemmers Prize in Earth Sciences, now the fifth Nemmers prize at Northwestern.

Nominations for the Prize will be accepted until November 1, 2017. Nominating letters of no more than one page should describe the nominee’s professional experience, accomplishments, qualifications for the award and a curriculum vitae of the nominee. Nominations from experts in the field and institutional nominations are welcome; direct applications will not be accepted.

Nominations can be submitted on the Feinberg website.