The Pezcoller Foundation-EACR Translational Cancer Researcher Award celebrates academic excellence and achievements in the field of translational cancer research. The award is presented annually to a researcher of excellence with no more than 15 years post-doctoral experience (or equivalent degree), with at least five years spent in Europe and presently employed in a European institution.
The winner gives the prestigious Pezcoller Foundation – EACR Translational Cancer Researcher Award Lecture at the EACR 2022 Congress ‘Innovative Cancer Science: Translating Biology to Medicine’ to be held in Seville, Spain from 20 – 23 June 2022.
The award winner will also be invited to give a lecture in Trento, Italy, at the Pezcoller Foundation, and will receive a €10,000 honorarium.
Professor Turner leads the Molecular Oncology Team at The Institute of Cancer Research, London. He has a laboratory in the Breast Cancer Now Toby Robins Research Centre – a world-leading facility comprising more than 70 cancer researchers – at the ICR.
He is also Chief Investigator of numerous clinical trials on personalised therapies for breast cancer, and a Consultant Medical Oncologist at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, where he is also Head of the Ralph Lauren Centre for Breast Cancer Research.
The Academy of Medical Sciences recognises a global cohort of researchers each year with Fellowships for their exceptional achievements in medical science, which have advanced scientific progress and improved care and prospects for patients.
At the ICR, Professor Turner’s research involves analysing and validating new breast cancer therapies for different molecular subtypes of the disease. He helped pioneer and develop an innovative type of personalised blood test called a liquid biopsy that can predict when a patients’ breast cancer will return and spread.
The Pezcoller Foundation is a non-profit institution, whose goal is to promote scientific research against diseases which afflict mankind, specifically the fight against cancer. The Founder, Prof. Alessio Pezcoller, was Chief Surgeon at Santa Chiara Hospital in Trento, Italy. The Foundation was established in 1980.
The Foundation depends primarily on the substantial sum of money bequeathed by Professor Alessio Pezcoller, and by significant contributions from its sponsors: the Cassa di Risparmio di Trento e Rovereto Foundation, the Province of Trento, the Administrative Councils of Trento and of Rovereto and other occasional private donations.
Due to its ever increasing recognition within the international oncological community, the Foundation collaborates with some of the most important cancer institutions: the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the European Association for Cancer Research (EACR). The Pezcoller Awards are officially recognised during the international conferences of the two above mentioned associations.
2021: Andrea Ablasser (EPFL, Switzerland)
This award was previously organised as the Pezcoller Foundation – EACR Cancer Researcher Award. Previous winners of this award:
2020: Nitzan Rosenfeld (University of Cambridge, UK and Inivata Ltd)
2018: Jan Korbel (EMBL Heidelberg, Germany)
2016: Yardena Samuels (MICC, Israel)
2014: Eduard Batlle (IRB Barcelona, Spain)
2012: Eric So (King's College London, UK)
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