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The Scientist Writer Wins Michael E. DeBakey Journalism Award

(Philadelphia, PA - May 2002) Jennifer Fisher Wilson, a contributing editor to The Scientist, has won the first annual Michael E. DeBakey Journalism Award from the Foundation for Biomedical Research for a series of articles on the senses that was published over five issues of The Scientist in 2001.The first article of the series, "Sensory Perceptions" (September 17, 2001), examined how investigators are using gene therapy and stem cell transplantation to move further toward a cure for blindn

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(Philadelphia, PA - May 2002) Jennifer Fisher Wilson, a contributing editor to The Scientist, has won the first annual Michael E. DeBakey Journalism Award from the Foundation for Biomedical Research for a series of articles on the senses that was published over five issues of The Scientist in 2001.

The first article of the series, "Sensory Perceptions" (September 17, 2001), examined how investigators are using gene therapy and stem cell transplantation to move further toward a cure for blindness. "Hair Cell Regeneration Continues to Elude Scientists" (October 1, 2001), reviewed the ongoing effort to replicate the avian method of hearing regeneration into human hearing regeneration. "Bittersweet Research" (October 15, 2001), explored the research that led to the first identification of the sweet and bitter taste receptors, and is beginning to reveal the complex inner workings of the taste cells. "Pain Research Comes into Its Own" (October 29, 2001), investigated...

Dr. DeBakey will present the award to Ms. Wilson at a black-tie dinner ceremony in Washington, D.C. on May 15, 2002. For her winning article series Wilson will receive a $3,000 cash award and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington.

The Foundation for Biomedical Research is America's oldest and largest non-profit organization dedicated to the humane use of animals in medical and scientific research. Since 1981, the foundation has worked to bring scientists and journalists together to encourage ongoing news coverage of this complex issue in contemporary research. The creation of the Michael E. DeBakey Journalism Award represents a new effort to recognize and honor journalistic excellence in this field.

The judging panel for the DeBakey Journalism Award gave weight to entries that demonstrated thorough research, accurate reporting, originality, insight and fairness. The work's contribution to public understanding, respect and appreciation for the responsible treatment of animals in medical and scientific advancement was also considered.

To access the full text articles of the award-wining series, log on to www.the-scientist.com or for copies of the five issues, call or e-mail Amanda Addis, Marketing Director at 215-385-9601 ext. 3027 or aaddis@the-scientist.com.

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