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Prof. Bert W. O'Malley - Ernst Schering Award Ceremony 2011

Prof. Bert W. O'Malley - Ernst Schering Award Ceremony 2011
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Prof. Bert W. O'Maley - Ernst Schering Award Ceremony 2011

Prof. Bert W. O'Maley - Ernst Schering Award Ceremony 2011
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Prof. Bert W. O'Malley - High School Lecture 2011

Prof. Bert W. O'Malley - High School Lecture 2011
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Bert W. O'Malley

Ernst Schering Prize 2011

Bert W. O'Malley

Ernst Schering Prize 2011


Tom Thompson Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas investigates in his pioneering work the actions of steroid hormones and nuclear receptors. Professor O’Malley’s laboratory has been a leader in uncovering the mode of action of the female sex steroids (progesterone and estrogen) and in determining the fundamental mechanisms for regulation of eukaryotic gene expression.

Prof. Bert O’Malley is awarded the Ernst Schering Prize 2011 for his outstanding achievements in the area of gene regulation, steroid receptors, and transcriptional coactivators.

Furthermore, he will be honored for his contributions to the concept of “team science,” as he has graduated over 250 students and postdoctoral fellows, who now serve as professors, chief executive officers, and deans of their own institutions around the world. On September 20, 2011, the Schering Stiftung in Berlin will award the 2011 Ernst Schering Prize for international excellence in basic medical, biological, and chemical research to Professor Bert W. O’Malley, the Tom Thompson Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, for his pioneering work on the actions of steroid hormones and nuclear receptors.

O’Malley’s Research on Hormone Action and Gene Expression

By virtue of O’Malley’s pioneering work, we now understand that the primary actions of sex steroid hormones and nuclear receptors occur at the level of gene transcription to regulate synthesis of messenger RNAs. He described the pathways of molecular events that lead from hormones to genes to proteins, then went on to discover the “missing link regulators” (coactivators/corepressors) that decipher the transcriptional instructions of the receptors. Coactivators function as “master regulators” for physiology and disease and have immense influence on tissue development and physiology. They activate subfamilies of genes which coordinately regulate growth and metabolism. The role of coactivators for metabolic genes is expanding greatly, indicating control of carbohydrate, lipid, and protein metabolism. Dysfunctions in the coactivators (or corepressors) lead to serious consequences. Such inherited dysfunction has been demonstrated to be causal in reproductive tissue differentiation, embryonic lethality and growth retardation, mental retardation, metabolic regulation, and numerous cancers. This work also led to our molecular understanding of how hormonal antagonists work and has had major importance to the fields of endocrinology, reproduction, genetic disease, and endocrine cancers of the breast and prostate.

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Award Ceremony

September 20, 2011, 6–8 p.m.
Ernst Schering Prize 2011

Berlin

High School Lecture

September 21, 2011, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
A Scientist's Quest to Understand How Hormones Work

Berlin-Tegel

Scientific Lecture

September 21, 2011, 6–8 p.m.
Receptor Coactivators: 'Masters' of Physiology and Pathology

Robert-Koch-Forum, Hörsaal
Dorotheenstr. 96 | 10117 Berlin
in Kooperation mit dem Graduiertenkolleg 1208 der Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin

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