Awards and Recognitions
Lee C. Howley Sr. Prize for Arthritis Research
The Lee C. Howley Sr. Prize for Research in Arthritis recognizes those researchers whose contributions during the previous five years have represented a significant advance in the understanding, treatment or prevention of arthritis and rheumatic diseases. It is a fitting memorial tribute to Lee C. Howley Sr., former chairman of Revco D.S., Inc., who was instrumental in the establishment of the Revco Arthritis Research Center at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Arthritis Foundation extends its gratitude to the Howley family on behalf of the estimated 50 million Americans who have arthritis for making the Lee C. Howley Sr. Prize for Research in Arthritis possible. The recognition that this program offers for excellence in arthritis research will ensure that the search will continue for cures to the more than 100 forms of arthritis and the rheumatic diseases. The Howley family's expression of commitment offers hope that one day the problems of arthritis will be solved.
2012 Lee C. Howley Sr. Prize for Arthritis Research
George C. Tsokos, MD
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Chief of Rheumatology Division, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
After receiving his doctorate in medicine from the University of Athens, Greece, Dr. Tsokos trained in internal medicine at Georgetown and in rheumatology at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Between 1987 and 2007, he was a member of the Uniformed Services/Walter Reed community before joining the Beth Israel Medical Center as chief of rheumatology and Harvard Medical School as professor of medicine.
Dr. Tsokos has served the community in leading roles, including president of the Clinical Immunology Society, chair of NIH Study Sections and editor of journals, such as Clinical Immunology, PLOS ONE and The Journal of Immunology. He has been elected to the Association of American Physicians, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, and Master of the American College of Physicians.
Over the past two decades at Walter Reed and Harvard University, Dr. Tsokos has systematically characterized biochemical and molecular abnormalities in immune cells from patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and furthered the understanding of the disease’s origin. His studies have identified novel treatment targets and disease biomarkers to improve the lives of patients.
2013 Nominations are not yet being accepted