On February 15, the New York-based Metropolitan Life (MetLife) Foundation recognized two teams of biomedical scientists for the significance of their research and the collaborative nature of their work. The cash portion of the prize, known as the Awards for Medical Research, totaled $500,000. It was shared by the team of Robert W. Mahley, director of the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease and a professor of pathology and medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and Karl Weisgraber, associate director at Gladstone and a UC-San Francisco professor of pathology; and the team of Alison Goate, an associate professor of genetics in psychiatry at Washington University, and John Hardy, director of the Alzheimer's Research Laboratory and Pfeiffer Endowed Professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at the University of South Florida.

According to MetLife officials, this is the first time that four people have shared the award and...

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