Dr. Noel Rose, an immunologist and long-time faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, was honored with a 2019 Golden Goose Award at a ceremony at the Library of Congress on Sept. 10. Sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the award recognizes scientists whose fundamental research returned unexpected benefits to society.
Dr. Rose was recognized for his pioneering work on autoimmune disease, along with his mentor, Dr. Ernest Witebsky, in memoriam. Dr. Rose’s lab experiments in the 1950s on thyroglobulin, a substance made by thyroid cells, found something unexpected: animals produced an immune response that inflamed and destroyed their own thyroid glands. The picture mimicked Hashimoto Disease, showing that autoimmunity can cause human disease. Dr. Rose’s discovery increased the understanding of many autoimmune diseases and enabled potential treatments.
Dr. Rose, professor emeritus in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, joined Johns Hopkins in 1981. He has held many positions at the Bloomberg School, including department chair and director of the autoimmune disease research center.
This year’s Golden Goose Awards also recognize Dr. Frederick Bang, in memoriam, former faculty member and department chair at the Bloomberg School, for his research with Dr. Jack Levin, then on the medical faculty at Johns Hopkins Medicine, to develop an in vitro test for the presence of endotoxin using horseshoe crab blood.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on September 13