List of medicine awards

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This list of medicine awards is an index to articles about notable awards for contributions to medicine, the science and practice of establishing the diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. The list is organized by region and country of the organization giving the award, but the awards may be available to people from around the world.


Country Award Sponsor Notes
International Edison Award Edison Awards Honoring excellence in innovation
International Edwin Grant Conklin Medal Society for Developmental Biology Distinguished and sustained research in developmental biology[1]
International Gonin Medal International Council of Ophthalmology Ophthalmologist[2][3]


Country Award Sponsor Notes
Canada McLaughlin Medal Royal Society of Canada Important research of sustained excellence in any branch of medical sciences[4]
Canada CNIB Chanchlani Global Vision Research Award Vasu Chanchlani, CNIB Foundation Vital world-class research to explore the causes of blindness and vision loss, as well as potential cures, treatments and preventions[5]
Canada Canada Gairdner International Award Gairdner Foundation Outstanding discoveries or contributions to medical science[6]
Canada Canada Gairdner Wightman Award Gairdner Foundation Canadian who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of medicine and medical science
Canada Chanchlani Global Health Research Award McMaster University World leading scholar in the area of Global Health
Canada Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Prize Canada Council Eminent Canadian researchers who distinguish themselves in the fields of social, human, natural, or health sciences
Canada J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine Robarts Research Institute Individuals who have made significant contributions to a field of basic or clinical research in one of the Institute's principal areas of research
Canada Léo-Pariseau Prize Association francophone pour le savoir Distinguished individual working in the field of biological or health sciences
Canada Marcel-Piché Prize Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal Researcher at the IRCM in recognition of the quality of [biomedical] research and the contribution to the growth and outreach of the Institute
Canada Robert L. Noble Prize Canadian Cancer Society Researchers whose contributions have led to a significant advance in cancer research
Canada The Louis and Artur Lucian Award in Cardiovascular Diseases McGill University Cardiovascular medicine
Chile National Prize for Medicine Chilean Academy of Medicine etc. Doctors who have excelled among their peers in the area of clinical or public health and, in addition, have had a prominent role in teaching, academic administration, or research
Chile National Prize for Natural Sciences (Chile) National Prize of Chile Natural sciences

United States[edit]

Country Award Sponsor Notes
United States / United Kingdom Donald Mackay Medal Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Outstanding work in tropical health, especially relating to improvements in the health of rural or urban workers in the tropics[7]
United States AMA Scientific Achievement Award American Medical Association Physicians or non-physician scientists who have contributed significantly to the field of medical science
United States APUA Leadership Award Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics Outstanding global contributions and commitment to preserve the power of antibiotics
United States ASCB Public Service Award American Society for Cell Biology National leadership in support of biomedical research
United States Albany Medical Center Prize Albany Medical Center Physician or scientist, or group, whose work has led to significant advances in the fields of health care and scientific research with demonstrated translational benefits applied to improved patient care
United States Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal Sabin Vaccine Institute Work in the field of vaccinology or a complementary field
United States Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research Lasker Foundation Outstanding discovery, Contribution and achievement in the field of medicine and Human Physiology
United States Alfred P. Sloan Jr. Prize General Motors Cancer Research Foundation Outstanding oncological research. No longer awarded
United States American Association of Immunologists Lifetime Achievement Award American Association of Immunologists Lifetime achievement in immunology
United States Archon X Prize X Prize Foundation First team to rapidly, accurately and economically sequence 100 whole human genomes to an unprecedented level of accuracy
United States Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Sergey Brin, Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg etc. Research aimed at curing intractable diseases and extending human life
United States Bristol-Myers Squibb Awards Bristol-Meyers Squibb Foundation Distinguished achievements in fields such as cancer, infectious disease, neuroscience, nutrition, and cardiovascular disease
United States Charles S. Mott Prize General Motors Cancer Research Foundation Outstanding recent contribution related to the cause or prevention of cancer. No longer awarded
United States Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award Cherokee Uniforms Nurses and other non-physician, clinical, health care professionals who work directly with patients in the United States
United States Clinical and Translational Science Award National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences Researchers and research teams working to apply new knowledge and techniques to patient care
United States David Rall Medal National Academy of Medicine Distinguished leadership as chair of a study committee or other such activity, showing commitment above and beyond the usual responsibilities of the position
United States Dickson Prize University of Pittsburgh US citizens who have made significant, progressive contributions to medicine
United States Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research Johnson & Johnson Individual who has made a significant, transformational contribution toward the improvement of human health
United States E. Mead Johnson Award Society for Pediatric Research Clinical and laboratory research achievements in pediatrics
United States E.B. Wilson Medal American Society for Cell Biology Significant and far-reaching contributions to cell biology over the course of a career
United States Elizabeth Blackwell Medal American Medical Women's Association Woman physician who has made the most outstanding contributions to the cause of women in the field of medicine
United States Gabbay Award Jacob and Louise Gabbay Foundation / Brandeis University Outstanding work in the biomedical sciences
United States Gorgas Medal Association of Military Surgeons of the United States Contributions to the eradication, control and/or prevention of disease, etc.
United States Gruber Prize in Neuroscience Gruber Foundation Discoveries that have advanced the understanding of the nervous system
United States Halbert L. Dunn Award National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems Outstanding and lasting contributions to the field of vital and health statistics at the national, state, or local level
United States Hilary Koprowski Prize in Neurovirology Drexel University Neurovirology
United States Jessie Stevenson Kovalenko Medal National Academy of Sciences Important contributions to the medical sciences
United States John Howland Award American Pediatric Society Distinguished service to pediatrics as a whole
United States Karl Landsteiner Memorial Award AABB Scientists with an international reputation in transfusion medicine or cellular therapies whose original research resulted in an important contribution to the body of scientific knowledge
United States Kelly West Award American Diabetes Association Individual who has made significant contributions to the field of diabetes epidemiology[8]
United States Kettering Prize General Motors Cancer Research Foundation Outstanding recent contribution to the diagnosis or treatment of cancer. No longer awarded
United States Komen Brinker Award for Scientific Distinction Susan G. Komen for the Cure Significant work in advancing research concepts or clinical application in the fields of breast cancer research, screening or treatment
United States Lasker Award Lasker Foundation Living persons who have made major contributions to medical science or who have performed public service on behalf of medicine
United States Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award Lasker Foundation Individual or organization whose public service has profoundly enlarged the possibilities for medical research and the health sciences and their impact on the health of the public
United States Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award Lasker Foundation Outstanding work for the understanding, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and cure of disease[6]
United States Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science Lasker Foundation Special achievement in medical science
United States Library of Congress Living Legend Library of Congress Creative contributions to American life
United States Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize[6] Columbia University Outstanding contribution in basic research in the fields of biology or biochemistry
United States Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences Foundation for the National Institutes of Health Outstanding achievement by a promising young scientist in biomedical research
United States Lydia's Professional Uniforms and AACN Nursing Scholarship Uniform Advantage / American Association of Colleges of Nursing Deserving nursing students enrolled in master's and doctoral programs
United States March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology March of Dimes Investigator whose research brings us closer to the day when all babies will be born healthy
United States Massry Prize Meira and Shaul G. Massry Foundation Scientists who have made substantial recent contributions in the biomedical sciences
United States Maxwell Finland Award National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Outstanding contributions to the understanding of infectious diseases or public health
United States Medical Director of the Year Award AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine Medical directors with exceptional leadership and commitment to quality patient care
United States Methuselah Mouse Prize Methuselah Foundation Research team that broke the world record for the oldest-ever mouse / Team that developed the most successful late-onset rejuvenation strategy
United States Metlife Foundation Award for Medical Research in Alzheimer's Disease MetLife / American Federation for Aging Research Scientific contributions toward a better understanding of the underlying causes, prevention, and treatments of Alzheimer's disease
United States National Institutes of Health Director's Pioneer Award National Institutes of Health Pioneering research that is highly innovative and has a potential to produce paradigm shifting results
United States Nemmers Prize in Medical Science Northwestern University Awarded to a physician-scientist whose body of research exhibits outstanding achievement in medical science as demonstrated by works of lasting significance
United States Palo Alto Longevity Prize Joon Yun Encourage teams from all over the world to compete in an all-out effort to "hack the code" that regulates our health and lifespan
United States Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Cancer researchers who are making significant contributions to the understanding of cancer or are improving the treatment of the disease through basic or clinical research
United States Pollin Prize for Pediatric Research NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital Important advances to the field of pediatrics. No longer awarded
United States Potamkin Prize American Academy of Neurology Achievements on emerging areas of research in Pick's disease, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias
United States Quilligan Scholars Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Promising residents in Obstetrics and gynaecology who exhibit unparalleled potential to become future leaders in the field of Perinatology
United States Rema Lapouse Award American Public Health Association Significant contributions to the scientific understanding of the epidemiology and control of mental disorders
United States Remington Medal American Pharmacists Association Distinguished service on behalf of American pharmacy
United States Rob Sias Award University of Minnesota Excellence in clinical dermatology
United States Pasarow Foundation Medical Research Award Pasarow Foundation Distinguished accomplishment in areas of investigation that included neuropsychiatry, cardiovascular disease, and cancer research (to 2013)
United States Rosenstiel Award Brandeis University Recent discoveries of particular originality and importance to basic medical research
United States Sarnat Prize National Academy of Medicine Outstanding achievement in improving mental health
United States Sarnoff Fellowship Sarnoff Fellowship Medical students interested in cardiovascular research
United States Schottenstein Prize in Cardiovascular Sciences Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center extraordinary and sustained contributions to improving cardiovascular health
United States Sheila Essey Award American Academy of Neurology Seminal research contributions in the search for the cause, prevention of, and cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
United States Stanley J. Korsmeyer Award American Society for Clinical Investigation Outstanding achievements advancing knowledge in a specific field and mentoring future generations of investigators in the life sciences
United States Szent-Györgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research National Foundation for Cancer Research Researchers whose scientific achievements have expanded the understanding of cancer and whose vision has moved cancer research in new directions
United States Llura Liggett Gund Award Foundation Fighting Blindness Career achievements that have significantly advanced the research and development of preventions, treatments and cures for eye disease
United States Victor A. Prather Award American Astronautical Society Researchers, engineers and flight crew members in the field of extravehicular protection or activity in space
United States Warren Alpert Foundation Prize Warren Alpert Foundation Scientific achievements that have led to the prevention, cure or treatment of human diseases or disorders, and/or whose research constitutes a seminal scientific finding that holds great promise of ultimately changing our understanding of or ability to treat disease
United States Wiley Prize Wiley Foundation Breakthrough research in pure or applied life science research that is distinguished by its excellence, originality and impact on our understanding of biological systems and processes
United States William Allan Award American Society of Human Genetics Substantial and far-reaching scientific contributions to human genetics carried out over a sustained period of scientific inquiry and productivity
United States William B. Coley Award Cancer Research Institute Outstanding achievements in the fields of basic and tumor immunology and work that has deepened our understanding of the immune system's response to disease, including cancer
United States William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research Baxter International Contributions to health care research
United States William Beaumont Prize American Gastroenterological Association Major contribution (a single accomplishment or series of accomplishments) that has significantly advanced care of patients with digestive diseases through clinical or translational research
United States Sedgwick Memorial Medal American Public Health Association Distinguished service and advancement of public health knowledge and practice


Country Award Sponsor Notes
Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences Board of Trustees Medical research that serves the larger interests of humanity[9]
Hong Kong Shaw Prize Shaw Prize Foundation Outstanding contributions in medicine[10]
India Dr. B. C. Roy Award Medical Council of India Statesmanship of the Highest Order in India, Medical man-cum-Statesman, Eminent Medical Person, Eminent person in Philosophy, Eminent person in Science and Eminent person in Arts[11]
India Om Prakash Bhasin Award Shri Om Prakash Bhasin Foundation Health and Medical Sciences[12][13]
Iran Razi medical sciences research festival Ministry of Health and Medical Education innovation and research in medical sciences [14]
Israel Wolf Prize in Medicine Wolf Foundation Medicine
Japan Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize[6] Japan International Cooperation Agency Outstanding achievements in the fields of medical research and medical services to combat infectious and other diseases in Africa, thus contributing to the health and welfare of the African people and of all humankind
Japan Keio Medical Science Prize Keio University[6] Significant contributions to the field of medical sciences or life sciences
South Korea Asan Award in Medicine Asan Foundation Medical scientists devoting themselves to the country’s medical development
South Korea Ho-Am Prize in Medicine Ho-Am Foundation / Samsung Individuals of Korean heritage who have furthered the welfare of humanity through distinguished accomplishments in the field of Medicine
Thailand Prince Mahidol Award Prince Mahidol Award Foundation Outstanding achievements in medicine and public health worldwide
Saudi Arabia King Faisal Prize King Faisal Foundation


Country Award Sponsor Notes
Belgium Artois-Baillet Latour Health Prize InBev-Baillet Latour Fund Person whose work has contributed prominently to the improvement of human health in the fields of metabolic disorders, infectious diseases, neurological diseases, cancer and cardiovascular disease[15]
Belgium InBev-Baillet Latour Fund Artois-Baillet Latour Foundation Person whose work has contributed prominently to the improvement of human health in the fields of metabolic disorders, infectious diseases, neurological diseases, cancer and cardiovascular disease
Belgium Marcel Linsman Prize Linsman Foundation, AILg Outstanding achievement in biomedical sciences, medicine, and neurosciences
Finland Matti Äyräpää Prize Finnish Medical Society Duodecim Prize in medicine
France Grand Prix scientifique de la Fondation NRJ Institut de France Medical science, particularly neuroscience
France Danone International Prize for Nutrition Danone Institute International Individuals or teams that have advanced the science of human nutrition
France Leopold Griffuel Prize Fondation ARC Translational and clinical research
France Prix Guzman Académie Nationale de Médecine Person who succeeded in developing an effective treatment for the most common forms of heart disease
France, United States Richard Lounsbery Award French Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences American and French scientists, 45 years or younger, for extraordinary scientific achievement in biology and medicine
Germany Aronson Prize Senate of Berlin Achievements in microbiology and immunology
Germany Ernst Jung Prize Ernst Jung Foundation Excellence in biomedical sciences
Germany Max Delbrück Medal Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association Outstanding scientist, on the occasion of the annual Berlin Lecture on Molecular Medicine
Germany Meyenburg Prize Meyenburg Foundation / German Cancer Research Center Outstanding achievements in cancer research
Germany Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize Paul Ehrlich Foundation Medical research in Immunology, Cancer research, Haematology, Microbiology and experimental and clinical Chemotherapy
Germany Robert Koch Medal and Prize Robert Koch Foundation [de] Gold Robert Koch Medallion for accumulated excellence in biomedical research / Robert Koch Prize for a major discovery in biomedical science
Hungary Debrecen Award for Molecular Medicine University of Debrecen Extraordinary achievements in the field of biomedicine
Italy Irving J. Selikoff Award and Lecture Collegium Ramazzini Internationally recognized scientist or humanist whose studies and achievements have contributed to the protection of workers' health and the environment
Italy Ramazzini Award Collegium Ramazzini Scientists who have made outstanding contributions to furthering the aims of Bernardino Ramazzini in safeguarding public health
Norway King Olav V's Prize for Cancer Research Norwegian Cancer Society Researcher who has distinguished himself through his scientific contributions to Norwegian cancer research
Portugal António Champalimaud Vision Award Champalimaud Foundation[16] Contributions to overall vision research / Contributions to the alleviation of visual problems
Soviet Union People's Doctor of the USSR Ministry of Health Worthwhile contributions to public health improvement, for their peculiar skills and expertise and for having proved abnegation and high moral qualities in their duties fulfillment.
Sweden Fernström Prize Lund University Prominent Swedish and Nordic scientists in medicine
Sweden Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Nobel Foundation Outstanding discoveries in the fields of life sciences and medicine
Sweden Nordic Medical Prize SalusAnsvar/Ulf Nilsonnes Foundation Medical Research in cooperation with the insurance company Folksam
Switzerland Cloëtta Prize Max Cloëtta Foundation Personalities who have distinguished themselves in biomedical research
Switzerland Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine Louis-Jeantet Foundation Researchers who have distinguished themselves in the field of biomedical research in one of the member states of the Council of Europe
Switzerland Novartis Prizes for Immunology Novartis Outstanding research in basic ad clinical immunology

United Kingdom[edit]

Country Award Sponsor Notes
United Kingdom Aldridge Medal Orthodontic Technicians Association To encourage members to present new research and developments at the annual conference[17]
United Kingdom Baly Medal Royal College of Physicians Person deemed to have most distinguished himself in the science of physiology[18]
United Kingdom Beit Memorial Fellowships for Medical Research Beit Memorial Fellowship Post-doctoral or medical degree research in medicine
United Kingdom Bisset Hawkins Medal Royal College of Physicians Work done in the preceding ten years in advancing sanitary science or promoting public health
United Kingdom Buchanan Medal Royal Society Distinguished contribution to the medical sciences generally
United Kingdom Cameron Prize of the University of Edinburgh University of Edinburgh Highly important and valuable addition to Practical Therapeutics
United Kingdom Chalmers Medal Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Researchers in tropical medicine or international health who obtained their last relevant qualification between 15 and 20 years ago, allowing for career breaks, who demonstrate evidence of mentoring and professional development of junior investigators ...
United Kingdom Donald Reid Medal London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Distinguished contributions to epidemiology
United Kingdom Edward Jenner Medal Royal Society of Medicine Distinguished work in epidemiological research
United Kingdom Ellison–Cliffe Lecture Royal Society of Medicine Lecture on subject connected with the contribution of fundamental science to the advancement of medicine
United Kingdom GlaxoSmithKline Prize Royal Society / GlaxoSmithKline Original contributions to medical and veterinary sciences
United Kingdom James Spence Medal Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Outstanding contributions to the advancement or clarification of paediatric knowledge
United Kingdom Lister Medal Royal College of Surgeons of England Contributions to surgical science
United Kingdom Cohen Medal British Society for Research on Ageing Individuals who have made a considerable contribution to ageing research, either through original discoveries or in the promotion of the subject of gerontology in its broadest aspect
United Kingdom Manson Medal Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Contribution to tropical medicine or hygiene
United Kingdom Mary Kingsley Medal Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Outstanding contributions in the field of tropical medicine
United Kingdom Medawar Medal British Transplant Society Best clinical and scientific research presentations by a scientist or doctor
United Kingdom British Orthodontic Society Technicians Award British Orthodontic Society and the Orthodontic Technicians Association Orthodontic technicians who have made an outstanding contribution to their profession and orthodontics.
United Kingdom Sir Rickard Christophers Medal Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Work in the field of tropical medicine and hygiene
United Kingdom Syme Medal Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Research undertaken as part of a doctoral thesis with particular consideration given to work that is likely to influence clinical practice
United Kingdom UCL Prize Lecture in Clinical Science University College London Prize lecture on contemporary science
United Kingdom Woolmer Lecture Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine Memorial lecture


Country Award Sponsor Notes
Australia Florey Medal Australian Institute of Policy and Science Biomedical research[19]
Australia Gottschalk Medal Australian Academy of Science Outstanding research by Australian scientists under 40 years of age for research in the medical sciences conducted mainly in Australia[20]
Australia New South Wales Cancer Institute Awards Cancer Institute of New South Wales Individuals and teams that work across the cancer research sector to lessen the impact of cancer for the people of NSW[21]

See also[edit]


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  8. ^ 1986 - 2019 Kelly West Award for Outstanding Achievement in Epidemiology, American Diabetes Association, retrieved 2020-01-14
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  11. ^ "Dr. B.C. Roy National Award Fund". 2019. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
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  13. ^ "OPBF Award". OPBF. 2014. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
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  17. ^ "Orthodontic Technicians Association Awards". Orthodontic Technicians Association. 2019. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  18. ^ "Baly Medal for Sir E. Mellanby". BMJ. 1 (4662): 1133. 1950. doi:10.1136/bmj.1.4662.1133-a. PMC 2037688.
  19. ^ "CSL Florey Medal". Australian Institute of Policy & Science. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  20. ^ "GOTTSCHALK MEDAL". Australian Academy of Science. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  21. ^ "NSW Premier's Awards for Outstanding Cancer Research". Cancer Institute NSW. Retrieved 6 March 2018.