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$50,000 ICN INTERNATIONAL PRIZE IN VIROLOGY AWARDED TO JOHN JAMES SKEHEL, PH.D., OF LONDON

 COSTA MESA, Calif., Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- John James Skehel, Ph.D., director of the National Institute for Medical Research, London, has been named the winner of the 1992 ICN International Prize in Virology, which consists of an award and $50,000 in cash.
 Awarded annually by ICN Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NYSE: ICN), an international pharmaceutical and biomedical company, the ICN International Prize in Virology recognizes Skehel's pioneering work on virus protein synthesis and structural characterization. His research has helped science better understand the influenza virus. He currently is studying the mechanism of entry of influenza viruses into cells.
 Skehel, 51, has served as director of the National Institute for Medical Research in London since 1987. Previously, he was head of its Virology division and Infections and Immunity group. He has held professorships and research fellowships at Duke University and the University of Aberdeen. He also currently is director of the World Influenza Centre of the World Health Organization, which has responsibility for international surveillance of influenza.
 The ICN award honors researchers who have made important contributions to the understanding of viruses or who have made major advances in the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of viral diseases. Researchers throughout the world are eligible to be nominated.
 Selection of the recipient is made by an independent scientific committee of distinguished international researchers, including the previous year's recipient. The committee reviews nominations submitted by scientists throughout the world.
 Skehel has published numerous articles, reviews and abstracts on viral research. He has received a number of honors for this research, including the Wilhelm Feldberg prize, the Robert Koch prize and the Louis Jeantet Prix de Medecine. He is a fellow of the Royal Society and received an honorary doctor of science degree from the Council for National Academic Awards.
 Previous recipients of the ICN International Prize in Virology are: Wolfgang K. Joklik, Ph.D., chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Duke University Medical Center (1991); Robert M. Chanock, M.D., chief of the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (1990); Peter Vogt, Ph.D., chairman of the Department of Microbiology at the University of Southern California School of Medicine (1989); and Bernard Roizman, Ph.D., chairman of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, the University of Chicago (1988).
 ICN Pharmaceuticals Inc., headquartered in Costa Mesa, is a worldwide health care company that manufactures, markets and distributes a wide range of prescription, non-prescription pharmaceuticals, biotechnology research products and medical diagnostics worldwide. It is a leader in the research and development of antivirals.
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