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ESMO recognizes leading oncologists with prestigious awards
Date:9/22/2009

ibution to the development of oncology in Europe and who recognizes the importance of promoting oncology as a specialty within the international community.

Professor de Vries is working to develop personalized treatments for cancer patients. She uses interdisciplinary, translational research to improve the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and other malignancies, and applies molecular imaging to search for drug targets in cancers of the breast and neuroendocrine tissue. In 1997, she was appointed as the first female Professor in Medical Oncology in the Netherlands and the first female head of a department of medical oncology in a Dutch university medical centre. In addition to her experimental work, Professor de Vries treats patients and teaches medical students. She has also been part of initiatives run by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Alan Ashworth, Director of the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research Centre at the Institute of Cancer Research, London, has been awarded the 2009 ESMO Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is open to all international research teams/individuals with demonstrated commitment to cancer research treatment.

In 1995, Professor Ashworth contributed to the discovery of the breast cancer susceptibility gene BRCA2, and ten years later his team uncovered the exquisite sensitivity of cells that carry mutant forms of BRCA1 or BRCA2 to a class of drugs known as PARP inhibitors. The early results from clinical trials of this approach have generated considerable excitement. Professor Ashworth has been director of the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research Centre since 1999 and the Centre now has more than 120 staff working on diverse aspects of the disease. In 2008 he was elected as a fellow of Britain's Royal Society.

"I am delighted and honored to receive this important award which is testament to all the hard work of my
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