James Allison, Ph.D., of UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, has been named one of seven scientists to receive the 2014 Breakthrough Prize winners in Fundamental Physics and Life Sciences. The $3 million Life Sciences prize recognizes excellence in research aimed at curing intractable diseases and extending life. Allison discovered a new approach to effective cancer therapy using a T cell checkpoint blockade.
He is among seven scientists whose names were recently unveiled at an exclusive ceremony at the NASA Ames Research Center in California. The Breakthrough Prize was established by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, his wife Priscilla Chan and other sponsors who are dedicated to advancing breakthrough research, celebrating scientists and generating excitement about the pursuit of science as a career.