Network sportscaster Greg Gumbel will host a March of Dimes black tie gala on Monday, May 6, 2013 at the Willard Intercontinental in Washington, D.C. The event honors the recipient of the March of Dimes $250,000 Prize in Development Biology. This year’s award goes to Eric N. Olson, Ph.D. for his research that suggests potential cures for heart disease and treatment for heart defects – the most common type of birth defects.
Dr. Olson is professor and chair of Molecular Biology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas. He receives the March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology for discoveries that help explain how heart formation occurs and have provided new ideas for ways to treat heart disease in children and adults.
Individuals who receive the March of Dimes Prize are leaders in the field of developmental biology. Their pioneering research offers hope for prevention and treatments for some of the most serious birth defects and other human diseases.
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