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The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award goes to Coleman and Friedman, discoverers of the appetite hormone
Date:1/29/2013

mmendation from one of his teachers to enter the basic research lab at The Rockefeller University, where he started out studying the effects of endorphins on the development of narcotic addiction under Dr. Mary-Jane Kreek . After receiving his PhD in 1986, he stayed on at Rockefeller in a professorial post, while continuing his investigation into the nature of the ob/ob gene present in obese mice. This research project culminated in 1994 with his discovery and characterization of the leptin hormone.

BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge AwardsThe BBVA Foundation primarily engages in the generation and diffusion of scientific knowledge and culture, through ongoing programs in the areas of basic sciences, biomedicine, ecology and conservation biology, social sciences, literary and musical creation, and the visual arts.

Its focus on the core concerns of today's society, like health or the environment, has materialized in major research projects, including those involving the study of cancer. The Foundation's support for research, advanced training and knowledge dissemination is also manifest in a series of award families which not only honor the winners' contributions but also shed a wider light on their fields of work, the values they represent and the combined endeavors of the research and creative communities.

The BBVA Foundation established its Frontiers of Knowledge Awards in 2008 to recognize the authors of outstanding contributions and radical advances in a broad range of scientific and technological areas characteristic of our times. They are in this sense a prize family congruent with the knowledge map and central challenges of the 21st century.

The nominations received from leading universities and research and cultural centers all round the world, the independence and objectivity of the prize juries formed by reputed specialists in their respective fields, and the excellence of the laureates in the
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