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The Dickson Prize in Medicine

The Dickson Prize in Medicine is awarded annually to a leading American investigator who is engaged in innovative, paradigm-shifting biomedical research. Previous winners >

Great Science

2016 Dickson Prize Goes to Doudna

Prize is Pitt School of Medicine’s most prestigious annual award

Jennifer Doudna, PhD, is the recipient of the 2016 Dickson Prize in Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Doudna is best known for her discoveries involving CRISPR-Cas9-mediated bacterial immunity that have enabled genome engineering in animals and plants through efficient and precise alterations to DNA sequences—a breakthrough for biomedical research and disease treatment.

Dr. Doudna holds the the Li Ka Shing Chancellor’s Chair in Biomedical and Health Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, and is professor of molecular and cell biology and of chemistry and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. She is a recipient of the 2016 Canada Gairdner Award, the 2016 L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Award, the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, the Gruber Prize in Genetics, and the Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences, among numerous other honors. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Doudna will deliver the Dickson Prize in Medicine Lecture on Thursday, October 20, as the opening plenary session for Science 2016, the University of Pittsburgh’s annual celebration of science and technology. To learn more, visit

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Annual Showcase

Science 2016—Game Changers

Pitt’s annual science festival highlights the strengths of the University and the region in science, engineering, medicine, and computation, as well as the collective effect of research and advances in these fields on local economic development. Plans for Science 2016, scheduled for October 19–21, are taking shape. To learn more, visit

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Choosing the Winners

Committee Members

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Winning Medal Performance

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