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John W. Suttie, PhD, received the twenty-second annual Bristol-Myers Squibb/Mead Johnson Award for Distinguished Achievement in Nutrition Research. He was recognized for outstanding experimental work that defined the molecular action of vitamin K. Dr. Suttie proved that the production of active prothrombin, one of the blood-clotting proteins, involved the vitamin K-dependent carboxylation of a precursor protein. Suttie received the award at a dinner in his honor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on October 10, 2002. Preceding the award dinner, a symposium on “Vitamin K-Dependent Proteins and Their Clinical Significance” was held in the auditorium of the Department of Biochemistry.
When Dr. Suttie initiated his studies of vitamin K in the late 1960s, it was well established that the …
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