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Herbert W. Dickerman Award Lectures

Herbert W. Dickerman

Herbert W. Dickerman, M.D., Ph.D., was director of the Wadsworth Center from 1986 until his untimely death in 1991. Dr. Dickerman cared passionately about the success of young scientists and used his position to foster and encourage them. He believed that the measure of senior scientists such as himself was not just the papers they published but also the next generation of scientists that they trained. The Herbert W. Dickerman Award embodies that belief. Appropriately, it recognizes scientists rising in their careers who have made outstanding, creative contributions to basic research.

Dr. Dickerman received his medical degree from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, in 1952. He then accepted the prestigious Osler Internship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Following a residency at Stanford University and service in the U.S. Navy, he obtained a doctorate in biochemistry in 1960 from the McCollum-Pratt Institute at Johns Hopkins. He was an associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine until joining the New York State Department of Health in 1975, becoming director of its laboratories in 1986.

Dr. Dickerman championed the role that fundamental scientific research plays in practical public health issues. His own investigations included studies on the function of pyridine nucleotides, folic acid and vitamin B12, and later, the regulation of gene expression by estrogen as related to breast cancer.

Past Dickerman Award Lecturers

Eric S. Lander1993
Andrew P. McMahon1995
Gerald F. Joyce1997
Lynne J. Regan1999
Sean B. Carroll2000
Christopher S. Chen2004
David P. Bartel2007
Kevin Eggan2010