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2004 Scientific Report

Daniel Nathans Memorial

Daniel Nathans Memorial Award The Daniel Nathans Memorial Award was established in memory of Dr. Daniel Nathans, a distinguished member of our scientific community and a founding member of VARI’s Board of Scientific Advisors. We established this award to recognize individuals who emulate Dan and his contributions to biomedical and cancer research. It is our way of thanking and honoring him for his help and guidance in bringing Jay and Betty Van Andel’s dream to reality. The Daniel Nathans Memorial Award was announced at our inaugural symposium, “Cancer & Molecular Genetics in the Twenty-First Century,” in September 2000. 2003 Award to Dr. Robert A. Weinberg The 2003 recipient of the Daniel Nathans Memorial Award was Robert A. Weinberg, who received the award for his pioneering work in cancer research as discoverer of the first human oncogene and the first tumor suppressor gene. He presented two talks on March 8, 2004, in Grand Rapids, a technical presentation on mechanisms of human tumor formation, which involved some of his current research on telomerases, and a talk to the lay public titled “How cancer begins.” George Vande Woude and Robert Weinberg 69

Award Recipients 2000 Richard D. Klausner, M.D. 2001 Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. 2002 Lawrence H. Einhorn, M.D. 2003 Robert A. Weinberg, Ph.D. 70

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