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Two IDI investigators and a member of the scientific advisory board have been named as recipients of the 2007 Novartis Basic Immunology Prize. The prize will be awarded to Drs. Frederick W. Alt (on right in picture), Klaus Rajewsky (on left in picture), and Fritz Melchers for discovery of novel and fundamental mechanisms of B lymphocyte physiology at the genetic, developmental and cell-receptor levels.

The Novartis Prizes for Immunology are presented every three years and are renowned as the most prestigious awards in the field. The 2007 Novartis Immunology Prizes will be awarded at the XIIIth International Congress of Immunology in Rio de Janeiro on August 23, 2007. The prizes are a major feature of the triennial International Congress, the leading world event in immunology.

The Novartis Basic Immunology Prize is worth SFr 100,000, which will be shared among the three recipients. Developed to recognize individual accomplishments and provide financial support for further research, the prize has two fundamental aims: to stimulate research of unsolved, difficult problems in biology and medicine, and to further links between academic and industrial research.

Dr. Alt is the Charles A. Janeway Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Genetics, and Scientific Director of IDI. Dr. Rajewsky is the Fred S. Rosen Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Pathology, and Senior Investigator at IDI. Dr. Fritz Melchers is a Professor at the Biozentrum in Basel, Switzerland, and a Visiting of Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School based at IDI. Dr. Melchers is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of IDI.

More information on the Novartis Immunology Prizes can be found on the Novartis website: http://www.novartisimmunologyprizes.org.