I am pleased to share the exciting news that UCSF Professor Peter Walter has received the 2014 Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, announced today. Popularly known as the “American Nobel,” this is one of the most prestigious honors in science and medicine.
Peter, who is a professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, was honored for his groundbreaking work on a cellular quality-control system known as the unfolded protein response, or UPR. Found in organisms ranging from yeast to humans, the UPR is crucial to life and is fundamental to a cell’s ability to ensure that proteins are properly constructed, especially when the cell’s quality control systems are overwhelmed. Disruptions in its workings are believed to play a role in neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, diabetes and other illnesses. As such, Peter’s work is a perfect example of the importance of basic biomedical research, its impact on health and its importance for society.
Peter is the 12th UCSF faculty member to receive a Lasker and shares this year’s award with Kazutoshi Mori, PhD, a leading UPR researcher at Kyoto University in Japan. More details can be found at http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2014/09/116936/ucsf-professor-peter-walter-rece....
Peter is currently in Europe, contributing his expertise to a grants review group, so we will hold a celebration upon his return. Please join me on Monday, September 15 from 12:30-1:30 p.m., in the Genentech Hall atrium, to congratulate Peter on a career of outstanding work and this very well-deserved recognition.
Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor