2016 Michael E. DeBakey Journalism Award Winners Announced

The awards recognize outstanding journalism demonstrating the essential role of biomedical research in new medical discoveries and scientific breakthroughs

WASHINGTON — The Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) announced today the winners of the 15th annual Michael E. DeBakey Journalism Awards. The awards, named in honor of FBR’s late chairman Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, recognize journalists whose reporting has enhanced public understanding of how scientific and medical research with animal models advances both human and animal health.

“FBR established the DeBakey Journalism Awards to recognize the important role science reporters have, as the bridge between scientists and the public. They are essential for helping people understand how research leads to new breakthroughs and cures,” said FBR president Frankie Trull.

The 2016 Michael E. DeBakey Journalism Award winners are:

Sharon Lurye, “Penn Vet blindness study shows how eye cells regenerate before they die,” PhillyVoice (Online, Small Market)

Claire Maldarelli, “Monkeys Drive Wheelchairs Using Thought Alone,” Popular Science (Online, Large Market)

Sara Falligant, “Saving Jayda,” Opelika-Auburn News (Print, Small Market)

Ed Yong, “Clearing the Body’s Retired Cells Slows Aging and Extends Life,” The Atlantic (Print, Large Market)

Rae Ellen Bichell, “A Fix For Gender-Bias In Animal Research Could Help Humans,” NPR (Radio)

An awards dinner to honor the winners will be held on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. The master of ceremonies will be Robert Bazell, former chief science and health correspondent for NBC News. For more information about the awards, please visit FBR’s website: fbresearch.org.


Established in 1981, the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) is America’s most experienced, trusted and effective non-profit dedicated to improving human and animal health by promoting public understanding and support for biomedical research. For more information, visit fbresearch.org.

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