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Stanford Report, September 10, 1997

Shooter honored by Bristol-Myers Squibb: 9/10/97

Shooter honored by Bristol-Myers Squibb

Eric Shooter, professor of neurobiology, has won the tenth annual Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Distinguished Achievement in Neuroscience Research. He shares this year’s award with Dr. Hans Thoenen, director emeritus of neurochemistry at the Max-Planck Institute in Germany.

Shooter and Thoenen are being honored for their research on the structure and mechanism of neurotrophins, the proteins that keep nerve cells alive. Shooter was cited for isolating pure nerve growth factor, and Thoenen was recognized for demonstrating that it is a member of an entire gene family of neurotrophins. Their research laid the groundwork for promising new forms of treatment for neurodegenerative disorders.

“The studies undertaken by Dr. Shooter and Dr. Thoenen over long and distinguished careers have paved the way for the modern-day science of nerve growth factors and the remarkable role these proteins play in keeping groups of nerve cells alive,” said Dr. Perry Molinoff, vice president of Central Nervous System Drug Discovery at Bristol-Myers Squibb. “If the brain is the final frontier of biomedical research, these men are true pioneers in opening it up to greater understanding.”

The two researchers will receive silver medallions and their shared $50,000 award at a dinner in their honor on Sept. 17 in New York City.