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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 >

Great Science

2014 Dickson Prize Goes to Gordon

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

Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD, is the recipient of the 2014 Dickson Prize in Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Gordon is known for his pioneering research into how the tens of trillions of microbes that live in our gastrointestinal tracts, and their genes, influence human physiology, metabolism, and nutritional status. His work ultimately could have implications for global efforts to combat a variety of diseases, including obesity and malnutrition.

Dr. Gordon is the Dr. Robert J. Glaser Distinguished University Professor and director of the Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He is the recipient of the Danone International Prize for Nutrition, the Selman A. Waksman Award in Microbiology from the National Academy of Sciences, the Robert Koch Award, and many other honors. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

Dr. Gordon will deliver the Dickson Prize in Medicine Lecture on Thursday, October 2, as the opening plenary session for Science 2014—Sustain It!, the University of Pittsburgh’s annual celebration of science and research. To learn more, visit

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Annual Showcase

Science 2014—Sustain It!

Pitt’s annual science festival highlights the strengths of the University and the region in science, engineering, medicine, and computation, as well as the collective effect of research and advances in these fields on local economic development. Plans for Science 2014—Sustain It!, scheduled for October 1–3 in Alumni Hall, are taking shape. To learn more, visit

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Winning Medal Performance

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