The Pearl Meister Greengard Prize


Helen Hobbs, M.D. Announced as 2015 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize Recipient

Helen Hobbs, M.D.The Rockefeller University is pleased to announce that Helen Hobbs, professor of internal medicine and molecular genetics at the University of Texas Southwestern, will be awarded the 2015 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize. The annual prize, which celebrates the achievements of outstanding women in biomedical science, will be presented to Dr. Hobbs at The Rockefeller University in a ceremony on Tuesday, November 17, 2015.

Dr. Hobbs will be recognized for her discoveries in human genetics, which have advanced our understanding of cardiovascular disease and other complex disorders.

The 2015 prize will be presented by broadcast journalist and author, Rachel Maddow.

For more information on the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize ceremony, click here.

The Pearl Meister Greengard Prize, awarded annually by The Rockefeller University, was established by Dr. Paul Greengard, the University’s Vincent Astor Professor, and his wife, the sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard. Dr. Greengard donated his monetary share of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Medicine to Rockefeller and, in partnership with generous supporters of the University, created this major international prize. Named in memory of Dr. Greengard’s mother, who died giving birth to him, the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize provides recognition of the accomplishments of women in science.

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