Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D., and Carol Greider, Ph.D., Nobel laureates who made a groundbreaking discovery in what makes cells age, are the winners of the 2017 Alma Dea Morani M.D., Renaissance Woman Award, an honor reserved for a special group of women dedicated to preserving and promoting the legacy of women in medicine.
"This year, we have the unique privilege of honoring two women, molecular biologists whose discoveries could revolutionize the treatment of illnesses related to aging."
It was the first time the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was shared by two women. Since the prize was established in 1901, it has been awarded to 199 men and 12 women.
Their work has far-reaching implications in health and longevity. As cells age, telomeres shorten, and shortening can lead to age related degenerative diseases.