History of Accomplishments

The research community at Weill Cornell Medical College and its Graduate School of Medical Sciences has a rich history of accomplishments that includes some of the world's foremost basic and clinical research achievements. As a result, our faculty members have been the recipients of an impressive array of awards that recognize their groundbreaking achievements.

We share some historic "firsts" at Weill Cornell as well as of the prestigious awards received by our faculty.

Historic Firsts

  • 1928 Development of the "Pap" test for the early detection of cervical cancer
  • 1946 Synthesis of penicillin
  • 1955 Synthesis of the pituitary hormone oxytocin, used today in childbirth
  • 1965 Clinical introduction of laparoscopy into US gynecological practice
  • 1970 Demonstration that hypertension as a hormonal disease originating in the kidney, and the first to demonstrate the connection between rennin and hypertension
  • 1986 The gene for the human nerve growth factor receptor is cloned and expressed, a major step in understanding human brain growth and development
  • 1987 Structure and origins of the vasodilating molecule nitric oxide discovered
  • 1992 The first successful "embryo biopsy" pregnancy and birth in the US
  • 1995 Demonstration that the human brain has the potential to grow new neurons
  • 1997 Demonstration that the cholesterol-lowering drug, Mevacor, can reduce the risk of heart disease by one-third, even in healthy adults
  • 2002 First clinical trial for gene therapy for Parkinson's disease
  • 2003 First demonstration that Cox-2 inhibitors may boost the effectiveness of chemotherapy in the treatment of cancer
  • 2004 Demonstration that reducing Enlarged Heart Muscle Cuts Patients' Cardiac Risk, Independent of Lowered Blood Pressure

Our Awards

Among the awards received by Weill Cornell Faculty, we proudly include the:

  • Beckham Young Investigators Award
  • Dorothy Rodbell Cohen Award
  • Ellison Medical Foundation Award
  • Edwin Beer Fellowship Award
  • Ellen Glesby Hohen Award
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigatorship
  • Laennec Society Young Clinician Award from American Heart Association
  • Lawyers' Breast Cancer Group
  • Mallinckrodt Foundation Research Award
  • Melvin L. Marcus Young Investigator Award in Cardiovascular Science from American Heart Association
  • Okamoto Award
  • Pew Award
  • Cancer Research Institute Clinical Investigation Award
  • Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers
  • Rachele Research Prize
  • Researcher of the Year Award from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Rita Allen Foundation Award
  • Lewis and Jack Rudin New York Prize for Medicine and Health
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
  • Young Investigator Award (Mayor's Awards)
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award in the Biomedical Sciences