Olson receives Lucian Award for his research

By Scott Maier
Office of News and Publications

Dr. Eric Olson, chairman of molecular biology, has been awarded the 26th Louis and Artur Lucian Award for Research in Circulatory Diseases by McGill University in Montreal.

Dr. Olson, holder of the Robert A. Welch Distinguished Chair in Science and director of the Nancy B. and Jake L. Hamon Center for Basic Research in Cancer and the Nearburg Family Center for Basic Research in Pediatric Oncology, received the honor in recognition of his outstanding research in the field of circulatory diseases.

An international committee selects the award recipient, with a goal being to establish collaborative research in circulatory diseases between McGill University and research centers in Canada, the United States and else where.

"I am thrilled to receive this honor, which was made possible by the unwavering efforts and insights of the members of my laboratory," said Dr. Olson. "The list of past recipients of the Lucian Award is a 'Who's Who' in cardiovascular medicine, and I am honored to be included in the list."

Conferred since 1978, the Louis and Artur Lucian Award includes a $50,000 prize (Canadian) and an invitation for a one- or two-week visit to the institution to give a formal Lucian Lecture, have interchanges with members of the McGill community and possibly undertake a research collaboration with university investigators regarding circulatory diseases.

"We're certainly pleased to have Dr. Olson as a winner," said Dr. Rene P. Michel, secretary of the awards committee. "He is an outstanding researcher who is well deserving of this award."