The Pearl Meister Greengard Prize

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2015 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize to honor Helen H. Hobbs, M.D., pioneering geneticist
Special guest speaker Rachel Maddow, broadcast journalist and author


Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Caspary Auditorium
The Rockefeller University
1230 York Avenue at 66th Street
6:30 p.m. Prize Ceremony
7:30 p.m. Reception


The Rockefeller University will host the Twelth Annual Pearl Meister Greengard Prize on Tuesday, November 17. The 2015 recipient will be Helen H. Hobbs, M.D. who, along with collaborator Jonathan Cohen, was the first to identify how gene mutations that inhibit production of a protein called PCSK9 result in extremely low levels of low-density lipoprotein, the so-called “bad” cholesterol, in the blood. This discovery led to the development of the PCSK9 inhibitor drugs, Praluent and Repatha, which were approved by the FDA this year.

Dr. Hobbs will be presented the prize by Rachel Maddow, host of the Emmy Award-winning "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC.



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.  The Prize carries a $100,000 honorarium.



Founded in 1901, The Rockefeller University is a world-renowned center for biomedical research. Its 78 independent laboratories are contributing to the understanding and treatment of cancer, heart disease, neurological and psychiatric conditions, infections and autoimmune disorders, and many other health concerns.  Thirty-five Rockefeller scientists are members of the National Academy of Sciences.  Twenty-four researchers associated with the University throughout its history have been awarded the Nobel Prize


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