On March 19, 2015, University of Washington geneticist and Lasker Laureate Dr. Mary-Claire King spoke at Morehouse School of Medicine’s Lasker Lectureship 2015. Dr. King’s discussion, titled Inherited Breast Cancer: From Gene Discovery to Public Health, covered the increased vulnerability of African American women to getting breast cancer (due to an inherited mutated breast cancer gene) and recommended genetic breast cancer screening for all women at around the age of 30.
In September 2014, the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation awarded Dr. King its prestigious Special Achievement Award in Medical Science.
More about the Lasker Foundation
Founded in 1942, the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation envisions a healthier world through medical research. It seeks to improve health by accelerating support for medical research through recognition of research excellence, public education, and advocacy. For much of the 20th Century, the Foundation was led by Mary Lasker, who was America’s most prominent citizen-activist for public investment in medical research. She is widely credited with motivating the White House and Congress to greatly expand federal funding for medical research, particularly through the National Institutes of Health.