What could we possibly learn from massaging rat pups? The answer is, a lot. Just ask the millions of families whose prematurely born infants have survived and thrived on account of that research.

That’s why the researchers behind this work – Saul Schanberg, Tiffany Martini Field, Cynthia Kuhn and Gary Evoniuk – will receive the Golden Goose Award September 18 at a ceremony at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. (Katie Eimers will accept the award on behalf of her grandfather, Saul Schanberg, who died in 2009.)

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