Covid Vaccine Pioneers and Others Win 2021 Lasker Awards in Medicine Congratulations to the panel of Physicians Award winners and to the other 31 recipients of the 2019 Lasker Awards in Medicine. The Awards honor physicians and scientists at medical centers around the country who make extraordinary contributions to medicine. These 30 “Physicians of the Year” all share a vision of the most important work in medicine today and are determined to make a measurable difference. Perhaps the greatest example of this is Dr. Charles “Chuck” Gerba, who demonstrates an exciting idea for an innovative and novel use of immunotherapy – restoring the immune system to mount a rescue against a rapidly evolving polio infection.
A key episode in this series was Dr. Lawrence Lessig’s shift in position as an advocate for a new public health effort designed to intervene in the development of chronic infectious diseases. Lessig is now considered an eminence grise in the field of infectious disease prevention. In the series Lessig is influential in discussing the role of prevention in combatting threats from emerging diseases and public health threats like the opioid epidemic.
Each episode of “The Icarus Effect” and the rest of the series, by Video Presenter Neal Peirce, show for viewers the early days of Dr. Chuck Gerba’s vaccine research while leading University of Arizona researchers demonstrated how to create a durable immunity using a combination of two “monoclonal” antibodies.