Lewis C. Cantley, PhD, Director of the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medicine, was named a recipient of the 2016 Wolf Prize in Medicine, considered “Israel’s Nobel Prize.” The Wolf Foundation announced the 2016 winners. The seven winners share $100,000 awards in five categories—agriculture, chemistry, physics, medicine, and architecture. Dr. Cantley shares the Wolf Prize in Medicine with C. Ronald Kahn, MD, of Harvard Medical School, best known for his work with insulin receptors and resistance in diabetes and obesity.
Dr. Cantley is being recognized for his discovery of phosphoinositide-3 kinases (PI3K) and their roles in physiology and disease. He is widely recognized for his seminal contributions to understanding growth factor signaling, cellular metabolism, and tumor formation. ■