On Wednesday, May 24th, the Pershing Square Research Alliance held its Fourth Annual Prize Dinner at the Park Avenue Armory, awarding its 2017 Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research to six exceptional innovative scientists in New York City. The evening began with a panel discussion entitled, “Journey to Discovery”, featuring Mikael Dolsten, MD, PhD, Head of Worldwide R&D at Pfizer; Thomas Maniatis, PhD, Isidore S. Edelman Professor and Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Columbia University Medical Center; Charles L. Sawyers, MD, Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chair in Human Oncology and Pathogenesis at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; and Richard P. Lifton, MD, PhD, President of The Rockefeller University, who also moderated the discussion. The panel gave insight into and various perspectives on the long path from initial discovery in the lab to medical translation and application in the field, as well as advice for the young scientists in the audience.
The 2017 Pershing Square Sohn Prize winners are: Yimon Aye, PhD and Juan Cubillos-Ruiz, PhD from Weill Cornell Medicine, Mikala Egeblad, PhD from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Daniel Heller, PhD and Richard White, MD, PhD from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Eirini Papapetrou, MD, PhD from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Other guests included leaders from the academic, business, and philanthropic communities.