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The Breakthrough Prizes, the world’s largest science award, aim to celebrate science and scientists and generate excitement about the pursuit of science as a career.

The prizes were founded by Silicon Valley innovators Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Yuri Milner and Julia Milner, and Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan. For the fifth year, the 2017 Breakthrough Prize will award up to five prizes in Life Sciences, one in Fundamental Physics and one in Mathematics. One of the Life Sciences awards will be given specifically for work contributing to the understanding of Parkinson’s disease and neurodegenerative disorders. The Physics award will recognize an individual or individuals who have made profound contributions to theoretical, mathematical, or experimental human knowledge.

The annual celebration includes a full-day symposium sponsored by UCSF, UC Berkeley, and Stanford University, with the physical venue alternating each year.

This year's symposium at UCSF will feature three sessions of TED Talk-style presentations by 2016 and 2017 Breakthrough Prize laureates, covering their research across life sciences, mathematics and fundamental physics.


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