Office of the Director - August 4, 2008
NHLBI Director Elizabeth G. Nabel, M.D., introduced Nobel Laureate Joseph L. Goldstein, M.D., who gave a lecture entitled, "The Cholesterol Feedback Story: A Tale of Membrane Proteins and Sterol Sensors”. Dr. Goldstein together with his colleague, Michael S. Brown, M.D., won the 1985 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Goldstein and Brown’s ground breaking work on the regulation of cholesterol metabolism laid the groundwork for the development of statins, drugs that are used by millions around the world to lower high cholesterol and prevent heart attacks. Dr. Goldstein shared the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1968 with Nobel Laureate Marshall W. Nirenberg, Ph.D. From 1968 to 1970, Dr. Goldstein worked in Dr. Nirenberg's NIH lab as a post-doctoral fellow.