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White men still dominating Lasker medical research awards


Consistently low proportion of women winning Lasker Awards since 1940s sparks call for transparency

One of the world’s most prestigious prizes for medical research has overwhelmingly been awarded to white men, according to a study in the British Medical Journal.

The Lasker Awards have been given annually since 1945 for important contributions to medicine. Awarded by the US-based Lasker Foundation but open internationally, the awards are often called ‘America’s Nobels’, as many winners go on to win the most famous international prize for research.

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