The Robert A. Pritzker Prize
"INSPIRING HOPE FOR A WORLD FREE FROM PARKINSON'S"
Honoring scientists who have made it their life’s work to speed better treatments for Parkinson's patients is how Karen Pritzker and her late husband, Michael Vlock, decided to pay tribute to her late father. With their generous support, the Foundation began awarding the Robert A. Pritzker Prize for Leadership in Parkinson's Research annually in 2011 to researchers whose work embodies those attributes of the renowned industrialist, entrepreneur and philanthropist.
Known for his creativity, giving spirit, humility and enthusiasm for finding innovative solutions, Robert Pritzker was a true visionary, and the award is a fitting tribute to his legacy.
Using the prize to empower scientists is not only about paying tribute to the man for whom it is named but also inspiring hope for a world free from Parkinson's. The award is given to scientists who make an exceptional contribution to Parkinson's research and are committed to mentoring the next generation of PD researchers.
Karen Pritzker, along with her husband and father, has long recognized the unwavering dedication required for pursuing a lifelong career in science. Rewarding the contributions of those who are moving the dial in a meaningful way for PD patients speaks to our shared belief in the power of research. MJFF is so fortunate to count the Pritzkers among our longest standing, and most generous, donors. Their support of our mission to cure PD, and this prize, helps make our work possible.
The award, designed by renowned artist and Parkinson's patient Tom Shannon, is presented by the Foundation annually in New York City.
The Robert A. Pritzker Prize Awardees
2011: Anders Björklund, MD, PhD; Lund University, Sweden
2012: J. William Langston, MD; Parkinson's Institute and Clinical Center, California
2013: Alim-Louis Benabid, MD, PhD; Clinatec, France
2014: Heiko Braak, MD; Ulm University, Germany
2015: John Hardy, PhD; University College London, England
2016: Ira Shoulson, MD; Georgetown University, Washington, DC
2017: Ken Marek, MD; Institute for Neurodegenerative Disorders, Connecticut
Learn more about the Pritzker Prize recipients.