David Olmos, the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre's (CNIO) Head of the Prostate Cancer and Genitourinary Tumours Clinical Research Unit, has won the 2014 Stewart Rahr-PCF Young Investigator Award, endowed by the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) the leading philanthropic organisation for cutting-edge research into prostate cancer.
Olmos is the first Spanish scientist and one of a select number of European researchers to receive this prestigious award, which is normally awarded to Canadian and US scientists.
The $225,000 prize is earmarked for the Research Unit led by Olmos at the CNIO and that was set up in 2012 with the support of the CRIS Foundation for Cancer Research and the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC). The project's objective will be to study the biological mechanisms associated with DNA repair, errors in which could lead to more aggressive forms of prostate cancer.
Olmos states that he feels "privileged as a researcher who, at an early stage of his career, has been able to make a significant contribution to our understanding of prostate cancer," and he highlighted the fact that "previous winners of this award are now world leaders in the field."
Since he joined the CNIO after having worked at the Institute for Cancer Research (ICR) and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London, he and with his team have made important contributions to the field of cancer research; for example, his 2013 description of the first hereditary factor with a prognostic role in prostate cancer.
EARLY DETECTION OF TUMOUR AGGRESSIVENESS
"From these analyses we have identified hereditary alterations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which lead to far more aggressive forms of prostate cancer. These or similar alterations could spontaneously occur in other patients and be responsible for
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