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David Altshuler receives the Roy O. Greep Lecture Award from The Endocrine Society.

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Vamsi Mootha has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

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Fred Ausubel won the 2014 Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal, awarded to an individual GSA (Genetics Society of America) member for lifetime achievement in the field of genetics. It recognizes the full body of work of an exceptional geneticist.

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Vamsi Mootha is the winner of the 2014 Padma Shri Award, one of the highest civilian awards in the Republic of India. The award recognizes distinguished and exceptional achievements in all fields. Vamsi, of course, has been recognized for his contribution to science and medicine.

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Gary Ruvkun and his friend and colleague, Victor Ambros, won the 2014 Wolf Prize in Medicine "for the discovery of the micro-RNA molecules that play a key role in controlling gene expression in natural processes and disease development." The highly prestigious Wolf Prize follows a long series of honors that Gary and Victor have won for their discovery of this fundamental regulatory mechanism in biology.

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Molecular Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital

The Department of Molecular Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital is a part of both the research community of the hospital and the Division of Medical Sciences of the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Members of the Department carry out basic genetic and molecular biological research on a variety of topics at the cutting edge of the discipline. At present, approximately 170 people, including 13 faculty and over 85 postdoctoral fellows and graduate students comprise the Department of Molecular Biology. The Department is a major component of the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School. All Molecular Biology faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students have concurrent appointments at Harvard, mostly in HMS Genetics.

Massachusetts General Hospital has a long-standing relationship with Harvard Medical School. MGH was the first teaching hospital associated with the medical school, and continues to play a major role in the clinical and research training of medical students, residents and fellows. The location of the Department of Molecular Biology at MGH reflects the belief that basic biological science and medical research will both benefit from close interaction.

A Tradition of Science

In 2011, Massachusetts General Hospital celebrates the 200th anniversary of its founding and association with Harvard Medical School as its first affiliated teaching and research hospital. The history of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School during the past two centuries has been one of continuous interaction; without basic medical research there would have been no new knowledge to improve the treatment of disease and care of patients. MGH, the first hospital established in New England, owes its recognition as one of the world's great medical centers in large part to its long-standing commitment to research in the basic sciences.

The history of basic research at MGH began on October 16, 1896, with the formal opening of the Pathology Laboratory, 50 years to the day after the first public demonstration of anesthesia in an MGH operating theatre, the now-famous Ether Dome. The times called for a new kind of scientist-doctor, someone who combined the practice of medicine with a sound knowledge of science and an instinct for experimentation.