Ceremony recognizing Francis S. Collins held at Case Western Reserve
University, home of the new Inamori Ethics Prize
CLEVELAND, Sept. 5 /CNW/ -- Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., a
physician-geneticist and leader of the Human Genome Project, has been awarded
with the new Inamori Ethics Prize from the Inamori International Center for
Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University.
Modeled after the Nobel and Kyoto Prizes for science, technology,
philosophy and the arts, the Inamori Ethics Prize instead honors outstanding
international ethical leaders. It is presented annually to an individual who
has demonstrated exemplary ethical leadership and whose actions and influence
have greatly improved the condition of humankind. The prize recipient also
receives a $25,000 cash award intended to support his or her ongoing work.
Noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes, Collins serves as
director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the
National Institutes of Health (NIH). His laboratory is dedicated to
researching both rare and common diseases and has discovered a number of
important genes, including those responsible for cystic fibrosis,
neurofibromatosis, Huntington's disease, adult onset diabetes and
Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, a dramatic form of premature aging.
Collins led the multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional Human Genome
Project, an international effort to map and sequence the three billion letters
in the human DNA, offering the first complete view of the "human instruction
book." With its ultimate goal of improving human health, many consider the
project to be one of the most significant scientific undertakings of our time.
All the groundbreaking data are now available to the scientific community
without restrictions on access or use.
"Throughout his long and distinguished career, Dr. Collins has
consistently emphasized the importance of ethical and legal issues in
genetics, while at the same time working tirelessly to improving the lives of
people worldwide," said Shannon French, director of the Inamori Center.
Case Western Reserve University
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