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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 >

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2021 Dickson Prize Goes to Cynthia Kenyon

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

Cynthia Kenyon, PhD, is the 2021 recipient of the Dickson Prize in Medicine, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s highest honor. Kenyon is a pioneer in the field of aging biology whose research has helped reveal that aging is subject to genetic regulation, overturning the longstanding belief that aging is simply a haphazard decline.

Kenyon is currently vice president of aging research at the Alphabet subsidiary Calico Life Sciences, a basic research and drug development company seeking to advance our understanding of aging and improve the quality of life as we age.

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