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The Robert A. Pritzker Prize for Leadership in Parkinson's Research

"Basic research is often remarkably unspectacular, but every scientist who falls under its spell remains dedicated for their career.”
Heiko Brak, MD

Honoring scientists who have made it their life’s work to speed better treatments for Parkinson's patients is how Karen Pritzker and her late husband, Michael Vlock, decided to pay tribute to her late father. With their generous support, The Michael J. Fox Foundation began awarding the Robert A. Pritzker Prize annually in 2011 to researchers whose work embodies those attributes of the renowned industrialist, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Known for his creativity, giving spirit, humility and enthusiasm for finding innovative solutions, Robert Pritzker was a true visionary, and the award is a fitting tribute to his legacy. Using the prize to empower scientists is not only about paying tribute to the man for whom it is named but also inspiring hope for a world free from Parkinson's. The award is given to scientists who make an exceptional contribution to Parkinson's research and are committed to mentoring the next generation of PD researchers.

The award, designed by renowned artist and Parkinson's patient Tom Shannon, is presented by the Foundation annually in New York City.

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    Dario Alessi, PhD
    School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, UK

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    J. Timothy Greenamyre, MD, PhD
    University of Pittsburgh

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    Glenda Margaret Halliday, PhD
    University of Sydney

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    Caroline Tanner, MD, PhD
    Weill Institute for Neurosciences, University of California, San Francisco

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    Andrew Singleton, PhD
    National Institutes of Health, Maryland

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    Virginia Man-Yee Lee, PhD
    Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

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    Ken Marek, MD
    Institute for Neurodegenerative Disorders, Connecticut

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    Ira Shoulson, MD
    Georgetown University, Washington, DC

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    John Hardy, PhD
    University College London, England

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    Heiko Braak, MD
    Ulm University, Germany

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    Alim-Louis Benabid, MD, PhD
    Clinatec, France

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    J. William Langston, MD
    Parkinson's Institute and Clinical Center, California

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    Anders Björklund, MD, PhD
    Lund University, Sweden

  • Silver, round award for the Pritzker Prize
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  • Round, silver award engraved with The Michael. J. Fox Foundation and The Robert A Pritzker Prize wording
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