Bill and Melinda Gates win public service award
AFPWASHINGTON -- Bill and Melinda Gates were among the winners of the prestigious Lasker Awards Monday, bestowed each year for advances in medicine.
September 11, 2013, 12:11 am TWN
The philanthropic couple were honored for “leading a historic transformation in the way we view the globe's most pressing health concerns and improving the lives of millions of the world's most vulnerable,” the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation said in a statement.
Other recipients include Richard Scheller and Thomas Sudhof for discoveries linked to rapid neurotransmitter release, a process key to the way our brain cells communicate, according to the foundation.
“These advances have provided a molecular framework for understanding some of the most devastating disorders that afflict humans as well as normal functions such as learning and memory,” it said on its website.