A Life Devoted to Immunology, Education and Philanthropy
The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC
Jan Vilcek, renowned immunologist and professor of Microbiology at NYU Langone Medical Center, grew up as the son of Jewish parents in Czechoslovakia during the aftermath of World War II. In his memoir, Love and Science, he tells the story of how he embarked on a career in the new fields of virology and immunology, and immigrated to the United States as a refugee in 1965. His work has led to major advances in cancer and autoimmune disease treatment and research, including the development of the anti-inflammatory drug Remicade, used for the treatment of Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and other chronic inflammatory disorders. He and his wife, Marica Vilcek, an art historian, founded the Vilcek Foundation.
A Look Back at 2017
From amazing scientific recognitions to renowned art exhibitions, Vilcek Prizewinners held the spotlight last year. Take a look back at our favorite moments of 2017.
In Support of DACA
2017 was a tumultuous year for immigration policy in the United States, with several controversial restrictions issued by the new administration. As former refugees and green card holders, our founders Jan and Marica Vilcek share their thoughts on these policies.