June 17, 2005


General Motors awards cancer research scientists

Detroit, Michigan – General Motors has awarded US$750,000 to three world-renowned scientists for their contributions to cancer research, through the General Motors Cancer Research Awards (GMCRA). The 2005 awards mark the 27th anniversary of the GMCRA program; General Motors has given more than US$51 million to cancer research.

Angela M. Brodie, Ph.D., of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore was honoured with the Charles F. Kettering Prize for pioneering the development of aromatase inhibitors, used widely to treat breast cancer. Dr. Brodie is the first female scientist to be awarded the Kettering prize.

Gerald N. Wogan, Ph.D., of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, received the Charles S. Mott Prize for his studies related to Aflatoxin, a mold, food contaminant and human carcinogen that acts with the hepatitis virus to cause liver cancer.

Roger D. Kornberg, Ph.D., of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California received the Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. Prize for his major contributions in groundbreaking work in discovering the inner workings of RNA, one of the largest and most central structures of molecular biology. In addition, his discoveries help shed light on how a gene can mutate and cause cancer.

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