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Nominations Open for 2013 Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award for Cancer Research

July 16, 2012
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Nomination deadline is 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012.

PHILADELPHIA — The American Association for Cancer Research is currently accepting nominations for the Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award for Cancer Research.

This award, now in its 16th year, recognizes an individual scientist or co-nominated scientists of international renown who have made a major scientific discovery in basic or translational cancer research, and whose ongoing work holds promise for continued substantive contributions to progress in the field of cancer.

The recipient of the Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award for Cancer Research will receive an unrestricted grant of €75,000 and a commemorative plaque. In addition, he or she will receive full support to attend the AACR Annual Meeting 2013, to be held April 6-10 in Washington, D.C., and will give a 50-minute award lecture at the Annual Meeting.

The award recipient will also present the Eighth Annual Stanley J. Korsmeyer Lecture in Padua, Italy, just prior to the official award ceremony in Trento, Italy, in May 2013.

Nominations must be submitted online at no later than 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012.

The Pezcoller Foundation was established in 1980 by Professor Alessio Pezcoller, a dedicated Italian surgeon who made important contributions to medicine during his career. Through Pezcoller’s foresight, vision and generous gift in support of the formation of the foundation, he encouraged others to join this effort in sustaining the work of the foundation. He has inspired scientists around the world to make significant advances in cancer research. In addition to sponsoring this prestigious award, the Pezcoller Foundation also sponsors a series of symposia, publishes a journal and supports awards for early-career European scientists who have submitted highly rated abstracts for presentation at the AACR Annual Meeting.

Robert A. Weinberg, Ph.D., a founding member of the Whitehead Institute and a professor of biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), was the recipient of the 2012 Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award for Cancer Research. He was honored for his outstanding contributions to the field of molecular oncology, and delivered his award lecture titled “Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition, Cancer Stem Cells and Metastasis” during the AACR Annual Meeting 2012, held in Chicago, Ill. View the webcast of Weinberg’s award lecture.

Learn more about eligibility criteria, the nomination process and other details about the Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award for Cancer Research. Additional inquiries should be directed to Monique P. Eversley at or visit

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About the AACR

Founded in 1907, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is the world’s first and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research and its mission to prevent and cure cancer. AACR’s membership includes 34,000 laboratory, translational and clinical researchers; population scientists; other health care professionals; and cancer advocates residing in more than 90 countries. The AACR marshals the full spectrum of expertise of the cancer community to accelerate progress in the prevention, biology, diagnosis and treatment of cancer by annually convening more than 20 conferences and educational workshops, the largest of which is the AACR Annual Meeting with more than 17,000 attendees. In addition, the AACR publishes seven peer-reviewed scientific journals and a magazine for cancer survivors, patients and their caregivers. The AACR funds meritorious research directly as well as in cooperation with numerous cancer organizations. As the Scientific Partner of Stand Up To Cancer, the AACR provides expert peer review, grants administration and scientific oversight of individual and team science grants in cancer research that have the potential for near-term patient benefit. The AACR actively communicates with legislators and policymakers about the value of cancer research and related biomedical science in saving lives from cancer.  

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About The Pezcoller Foundation

The Pezcoller Foundation is a non-profit organization created in 1980 by Prof. Alessio Pezcoller (1896-1993), chief surgeon of Santa Chiara Hospital of Trento, Italy. The goal of the foundation is to promote biomedical research in the field of cancer.

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