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May 5, 2017  RSS feed
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Jewish American medical pioneers celebrated


Dr. Gertrude Elion, a cancer researcher Dr. Gertrude Elion, a cancer researcher Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) this year celebrates Americans Jews who have made a significant impact in the field of medical research.

The national commemoration of the contributions that Americans Jews have made to the fabric of our nation’s history, culture, and society, is celebrated each May.

Now in its 12th year, JAHM encourages people of all backgrounds to learn about and draw inspiration from the more than 360-year history of Jewish life in this country.

“The stories of American Jews are woven into the rich history of this diverse nation,” says Ivy Barsky, CEO, and Gwen Goodman, director of the National Museum of American Jewish History, the lead sponsor of JAHM. “By celebrating JAHM, we honor the values of inclusion, acceptance, and religious liberty cherished by this country. “

“It is a timely story that will lift our national spirit by assuring us that liberty and opportunity ultimately triumph over bigotry and divisiveness,” said Dr. Gary P. Zola, executive director of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and a member of JAHM’s board,

Mathilde Krim receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton for her AIDS research and activism.Mathilde Krim receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton for her AIDS research and activism.
JAHM’s website, wwwJAHM. us, provides educational resources to facilitate the nationwide engagement around this year’s celebration. A variety of events taking place across the country are listed on the events calendar, and all are encouraged to submit their own exhibitions, concerts, gallery talks, film screenings, lectures, or other related programs.

Website visitors will also find stories about American Jews in the medical field and other industries, a historical timeline, lesson plans, reading lists, programming ideas, and more.


Dr. Jonas Salk created the first polio vaccine. Dr. Jonas Salk created the first polio vaccine. JAHM’s 2017 theme provides an opportunity to recognize the many American Jews who have made groundbreaking and invaluable contributions to the field of medical research such as:

• Medical physicist Rosalyn S. Yalow (1921-2011) became the second woman to win a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine when she shared the 1977 prize for her work in the development of radio-immunoassay, a technique used to measure minute amounts of substances in the body.

• Biochemist Gertrude Elion (1918-1999) developed life-saving drugs, including the first chemotherapy for childhood leukemia and treatments for lupus, hepatitis, arthritis, gout, and other diseases. She won a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1988.

• Virologist Jonas Salk (1914- 1995) created the first vaccines against polio.

• Geneticist Baruch Blumberg (1925-2011) discovered the Hepatitis B virus and helped develop the first vaccine to prevent it. He was a co-recipient of the 1976 Nobel Prize in Medicine.

• Mathilde Krim (b. 1926), the founding chair of amfAR (the American Foundation for AIDS Research), received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000 for her commitment to AIDS patients and research

• Neuroscientist Eric Richard Kandel (b. 1929) received the 2000 Nobel Prize for his research on the physiological basis of memory storage in neurons.


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