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Prizes awarded at the SAKK semi-annual meeting

The SAKK/Amgen Research Grant and the SAKK/Astellas GU Oncology Award were once again presented at the SAKK semi-annual meeting held on 23 November 2017.

Prof. Dr. Roger von Moos, Dr. Sara Christina Meyer, Dr. Christian Merkle (Amgen)

This year’s SAKK/Amgen Research Grant goes to Dr. med. et phil. nat. Sara Christina Meyer from Basel University Hospital (Haematology) in recognition of her translational research project titled “Targeting therapeutic resistance to novel JAK2 inhibitors in myeloproliferative neoplasms”. The prize is CHF 50,000. Every two years the SAKK and Amgen Switzerland AG award a research grant for innovative translational cancer research in Switzerland that improves the lives of cancer patients.

Gianpasquale Ruggieri (Astellas), Prof. Dr. Jean-Philippe Theurillat, Prof. Viviane Hess

The SAKK/Astellas GU Oncology Award 2017 goes to Prof. Dr. med. Jean-Philippe Theurillat from the Cancer Research Institute (IOR) in Bellinzona. The prize of CHF 30,000 is being awarded to Prof. Theurillat for his exceptional scientific paper on “Opposing effects of cancer type-specific SPOP mutations on BET protein degradation and sensitivity to BET inhibitors”.  The aim of the SAKK/Astellas GU Oncology Award is to promote preclinical and clinical cancer research in Switzerland, and it is awarded in recognition of an outstanding academic or clinical achievement that features in a scientific publication. The focus should be on tangible improvements in the treatment of urogenital cancers.

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