Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Vilcek Foundation announces the 2010 winners of its annual prizes for biomedical science and the arts

The Vilcek Foundation is pleased to announce the 2010 winners of its annual prizes for biomedical science and the arts. The Vilcek Prize for Biomedical Science is awarded to prominent Russian-born biochemist Dr. Alexander Varshavsky, whose research has elucidated the process of protein degradation, presenting the potential for cancer treatments with reduced side effects; he is currently the Howard and Glen Laurie Smits Professor of Cell Biology at the California Institute of Technology. The Vilcek Prize for the arts, is awarded to celebrated Spanish-born chef and culinary pioneer Jose Andres, credited with bringing Spanish culture to the forefront of American cuisine while pushing the boundaries of food as both a sensory experience and vital component of well-being.

The Vilcek Prizes epitomize the mission of the Vilcek Foundation, which was formed by Jan and Marica Vilcek to honor the contributions of foreign-born individuals in the United States. The Foundation's fifth annual awards presentation dinner will be held at the Mandarin Oriental in New York on Wednesday, April 7, 2010.

For more information go to www.vilcek.org

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