Un­prece­dented No­bel for former Sher­brooke res­i­dent

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Former Sher­brooke res­i­dent and Jewish com­mu­nity mem­ber, Ralph Stein­man passed away on Septem­ber 30th, be­fore

be­ing awarded the pres­ti­gious No­bel Prize of Medicine. Un­prece­dented, Stein­man will be awarded the prize posthu­mously.

Born in Montreal and raised in Sher­brooke, Ralph Stein­man was one of four chil­dren of Irv­ing and Net­tie Stein­man. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Sher­brooke High School, Ralph re­ceived his Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence de­gree from McGill Univer­sity, his M.D. from Har­vard Med­i­cal School and com­pleted his res­i­dency at the Mas­sachusetts Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal.

Dr. Stein­man had an il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer and is cred­ited with hav­ing dis­cov­ered the im­mune sys­tem’s den­dritic cells in 1973. His work lead to in­no­va­tive ways of treat­ing can­cer, in­fec­tious dis­eases and im­mune sys­tem dis­or­ders.

Dr. Stein­man was the re­cip­i­ent of the A. H. Heineken Prize for Medicine in 2010, the Al­bany Med­i­cal Cen­ter Prize in Medicine and Biomed­i­cal Re­search in 2009 and the Al­bert Lasker Ba­sic Med­i­cal Re­search Award in 2007. He has also re­ceived the Debrecen Prize in Molec­u­lar Medicine in 2006, the New York City Mayor’s Award for Ex­cel­lence in Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy in 2004, the No­var­tis Prize in Im­munol­ogy in 2004 and the Gaird­ner Foun­da­tion In­ter­na­tional Award in 2003. He was a mem­ber of the National Academy of Sciences and of the In­sti­tute of Medicine.

Dr. Stein­man is sur­vived by his wife Claudia, his mother Net­tie, his sib­lings, his son Adam, his twin daugh­ters Les­ley and Alexis, and three grand­chil­dren.

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