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The Prize in Life Science & Medicine

Discoveries in the biomedical sciences and innovations in clinical medicine have led to significant victories in our longstanding war against illness and suffering. With the mapping of the entire human genome, we are now closer to the understanding of the mechanisms of life, aging, illness and death, opening up exciting new opportunities for advances in therapeutics. Novel insights in the life science and technological advances in medicine will result in better health and an improved quality of life for the human race in the new century.


The Shaw Laureate in
Life Science & Medicine

Gero Miesenböck

Peter Hegemann

Georg Nagel

for the development of optogenetics, a technology that has revolutionized neuroscience.


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Life Science and Medicine

2004 - 2020



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