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Brupbacher prize to Nubia Munoz and Sir Richard Peto
Date:2/12/2009

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The epidemiologists Nubia Muoz and Sir Richard Peto are receiving the 2009 Charles Rodolphe Brupbacher Prize for Cancer Research. Nubia Muoz is being awarded for research into the causes of tumours such as cervical cancer through human papilloma viruses and Richard Peto for his studies into the health risks of smoking. The prize from the Charles Rodolphe Brupbacher Foundation has a value of 100,000 Swiss Francs for each of the winners.

Every two years since 1993, the Brupbacher Foundation has been awarding the Charles Rodolphe Brupbacher Prize for Cancer Research. The aim of the foundation is to reward researchers who have made important discoveries in fundamental sciences or clinical oncology and have therefore contributed to a better understanding of the causes and treatment of tumour sicknesses. In this year, the prize is going for the first time to two epidemiologists who have made a major contribution to cancer prevention.

Nubia Muoz

In 1999, the Brupbacher Prize was awarded to Harald zur Hausen (German Cancer Research Centre, Heidelberg) for the detection of HPV-DNA in carcinoma in the cervix and his hypothesis that papilloma viruses are involved in the origins of cervical cancer. He received the Nobel Prize for Medicine for this last year. This year, Dr. Nubia Muoz (Lyon) is receiving the prize for fundamental epidemiological work on the causation of tumours through chronic infections, particularly through human papilloma viruses (HPV). Her research has provided final proof of a causal connection. She headed a large, international network in which cervix carcinoma from the entire world were virologically analysed, and this resulted in the conclusion that the HPV types 16 and 18 must be clearly regarded as the cause.

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Contact: Professor Paul Kleihues
brupbacher-stiftung@dekmed.uzh.ch
41-076-435-2110
University of Zurich
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