Receives AACR-Pezcoller International Award for Cancer Research
Carlo M. Croce, MD, Director, Jeffersons Kimmel Cancer Center, and Chair and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, has been named the recipient of the second American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)-Pezcoller International Award for Cancer Research. The award is given to a scientist who has made a major scientific discovery in the field of cancer research.
Dr. Croce has been a pioneer in understanding the genetic causes of cancer. The Association notes that Dr. Croces major contributions to cancer have not only greatly extended our knowledge of cancer genetics, but they also constitute the basis for potential breakthroughs in the development of gene therapy for human cancer.
Over the past decade, the Pezcoller Foundation has given a major award for outstanding contributions to cancer and cancer-related biomedical science. The award, which consists of a check for $75,000 and a commemorative plaque, is now given in conjunction with the AACR. Dr. Croce will deliver the award lecture on Sunday, April 11, at 11:15 a.m., at the annual AACR meeting in Philadelphia. He will receive the award the following week at a ceremony in Trento, Italy.
Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Croce has explained the roles of chromosome alterations in human leukemias and lymphomas and identified several genes involved in blood cancers. Dr. Croce, who is a member of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, has also won numerous awards for his work in cancer research.