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Join us in congratulating Ruslan Medzhitov!

Ruslan Medzhitov, Yale School of Medicine and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, received the 2024 Jessie Stevenson Kovalenko Medal.

Medzhitov’s pioneering contributions have advanced our understanding of the mechanisms of innate immunity, which provides immediate defense against infection. 

His research incorporates insights from metabolism, neuroscience, and the microbiota to examine innate immunity, including molecular mechanisms of innate immune recognition, control of adaptive immune responses by innate immune recognition, and mechanisms of autoimmunity and allergy. His work has elucidated the fundamental link between innate immune system signaling and the induction of adaptive immune responses and describes the key molecular pieces and cell biology involved in the process. 

Medzhitov’s many fundamental discoveries concerning the importance of Toll-like receptors in controlling adaptive immunity, infections, chronic inflammation, and tumor growth have had enormous impact in multiple areas of medicine, including inflammatory and metabolic diseases, infectious disease and vaccine design, cancer, and allergic disease.

The Jessie Stevenson Kovalenko Medal is awarded every two years for outstanding research in the medical sciences. The medal carries with it a $25,000 award, and an additional $50,000 for research. The Kovalenko Fund, gifted by Michael S. Kovalenko in 1949 to the National Academy of Science in memory of his wife, Jessie Stevenson Kovalenko, was specifically designed to recognize the achievements made to the medical sciences and, over the past 67 years, has honored many outstanding contributors.

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 Congratulations to Ruslan Medzhitov of Yale School of Medicine and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, winner of the National Academy of Sciences’ 2024 Jessie Stevenson Kovalenko Medal for foundational contributions to the understanding of innate immunity! Watch him accept the medal at the 161st NAS Annual Meeting on April 28. The Kovalenko Medal is awarded every two years for outstanding research in the medical sciences.

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 Congratulations to Ruslan Medzhitov of @YaleMed and @HHMINEWS, winner of the 2023 @theNASciences Jessie Stevenson Kovalenko Medal for foundational contributions to the understanding of innate immunity! #NASaward #academia #medicalsciences

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