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Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award for Cancer Research recognizes Axel Ullrich
Date:2/21/2008

PHILADELPHIA Axel Ullrich, Ph.D., is the recipient of the 2008 Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award for Cancer Research for his pioneering work in the translation of genomics-based discoveries into novel approaches for cancer therapy. Ullrich is the Director of Molecular Biology at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany, and is a renowned expert in gene technology and one of the most frequently cited cancer scientists in the area of signal transduction research.

We are proud to honor Axel Ullrich, a brilliant scientist whose work is an exceptional triumph for biomedical research, said AACR Chief Executive Officer Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D. (h.c.). His study of EGFR proteins and gene expression technology has benefitted countless individuals with cancer and has substantial implications for future advances in cancer research.

The award, now in its 11th year, recognizes an individual who has made a major scientific discovery in basic or translational cancer research. Ullrich will give his award lecture in San Diego, Calif. during the AACR Annual Meeting on April 13, 2008 at noon in Halls G & H of the San Diego Convention Center.

In Ullrichs honor, the Pezcoller Foundation will hold an award ceremony in early May in Trento, Italy, where he will receive a cash award of 75,000.

Lauded for his contributions to the discovery of the HER2/neu oncogene, Ullrich is an international leader in cancer research whose work has helped introduce an era of personalized medicine not only for the treatment of breast cancer, but also for other cancers. His strategy of genomics-based, target-driven drug development has helped to revolutionize the way cancer is studied and treated, and he is being honored for his ingenuity and insight into attacking the cancer problem through his study of signal transduction and genetics.

For more than 25 years, Ullrich has led the cancer research field in gene t
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Contact: Jennifer Ryan
jennifer.ryan@aacr.org
267-646-0558
American Association for Cancer Research
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