MedzhitovIn 2012 the SMI Board nominated SMI member Ruslan Medzhitov for the inaugural Else Kröner Fresenius Immunology Award. A scientific jury organized by the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) considered 45 nominees and selected Dr. Medzhitov for his pioneering contributions to understanding innate immunity. A news story published in Lancet in 2013 tells the inspiring story of how an email Dr. Medzhitov sent to Dr. Charles Janeway at Yale University ultimately led to their collaborative discovery of mammalian Toll-like receptors.

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