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The Astellas European Foundation Winner of Transplantation Grant 2011 Announced
Date:9/6/2011

GLASGOW, Scotland, September 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

The Astellas European Foundation is delighted to announce the winner of the 2011 Transplantation Grant:

Dr Christian Toso of the University of Geneva, Switzerland

Last evening, the University's team, led by Dr Toso, received the grant of US$ 300,000 to support work on their project entitled 'Towards a tailored immuno-suppression after liver transplantation for hepatocellular carcinoma' at the Astellas European Foundation Award presentation.

Dr Ayad Abdulahad, Astellas European Foundation Trustee and Vice President Medical Affairs and Health Economics for Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd. commented, "We received many entries of a very high standard which covered a broad range of topics across Europe.  In the face of very strong competition the Jury chose Dr Toso's research based on its potential impact on clinical practice.  The team's aim is to tailor immunosuppressive strategy for individual patients with hepatocellular carcinoma. It is very exciting and, in the future, their results could possibly be applied to other cancers."

At the Award Presentation Event in Glasgow, UK, the Astellas European Foundation emphasised their continued and long term commitment to research and development in the field of transplant medicine.

Dr Toso said, "We thank the Astellas European Foundation for its generous support. Although liver transplantation is the most efficient treatment for patients with early  unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma, some 10% of recipients still experience recurrence after transplantation. The aim of our study is to define the ideal immunosuppression strategy, both clearing cancer cells and preventing rejection. Such a study has the potential to better tailor immunosuppression after liver transplantat
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