The Mike Price Gold Medal Award was created in 2012 in memory of Dr. Mike Price, Secretary General of the EACR for 21 years, who died of cancer in 2000. The Award Winner gives a keynote lecture at the EACR Congress and receives a commemorative medal and €10,000 honorarium.
We are delighted to announce that Professor Pier Giuseppe Pelicci is the winner of the 2020 Mike Price Gold Medal Award. The award was planned to be presented at the EACR 2020 Congress (Torino, Italy, 17-20 June 2020) and due to the postponement of the physical event it will now be presented at the EACR 2020 Virtual Congress (18-19 June 2020).
Pier Giuseppe Pelicci is Director of Research and Chairman of the Department of Experimental Oncology of the European Institute of Oncology (IEO), in Milan. He is also full professor at the University of Milan, President of the European School of Molecular Medicine (SEMM), and Scientific Director of Alleanza Contro il Cancro (ACC), a network of 21 cancer research hospitals promoted and coordinated by the Ministry of Health, engaged in the set-up of multicentric mechanism–based clinical trials.
With a medical degree, a specialty in Internal Medicine and a PhD in Molecular Biology, he devoted his life to research, contributing to seminal discoveries in the elucidation of mechanisms of tumorigenesis (such as the identification /functional characterization of PML-RAR and mutated NPM oncogenes in myeloid leukemia) and the definition of the molecular basis of some of currently used targeted treatments (such as retinoic acid, HDAC- or histone- demethylase inhibitors).
More recently, he has been focusing on the biological and molecular characterization of normal and cancer stem cells, in leukemia and breast cancer, and mechanisms of DNA damage accumulation in normal and cancer cells.
2018: Karen Vousden
2016: Michael Stratton
2014: Harald zur Hausen
2012: José Baselga
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