The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) announced today the names of two eminent cancer specialists and one European institution that will be recognized for their contribution to the advancement of medical oncology at the ESMO 2012 Congress. The awards will be presented to Professors Ian Tannock and Jean Yves Blay and to the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) during the Opening Ceremony of the 37th ESMO Congress, 28th September - 2nd October, Vienna, Austria.
Prof Ian Tannock will be bestowed with the 2012 ESMO Award for his work on clinical trials for men with metastatic prostate cancer and laboratory-based research on the microenvironment of solid tumors, their resistance to drugs and methods to overcome it.
"His notable efforts have undoubtedly impacted on cancer control and better outcomes for many patients," notes Dr Josep Tabernero, Chair of the ESMO Fellowship and Award Committee. "More specifically, this award recognizes his tremendous contributions in improving methodology for undertaking clinical trials with emphasis on endpoints of clinical benefit and, at a laboratory level, unmasking aspects of solid tumor biology as well as improving outcomes of treatment with chemotherapy."
Based at the University Of Toronto, Canada, where he is Professor of Medicine and Medical Biophysics, Prof Tannock has led and helped to design trials that led to the identification of optimal chemotherapy for men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer.
"ESMO is a truly international and intercontinental society but I am particularly honored to be the first oncologist not based in Europe to receive this award" Prof Tannock comments.
"If the ESMO award is in recognition of my career in oncology, part of it should be given to the many international fellows who have collaborated with me --their ideas and enthusiasm have sustained my career and my greatest reward is observing their success," he continues.
The recipient of the 2012 Hamilton Fairley Award is Professor Jean Yves Blay, for his contribution to translational cancer research. "His work has afforded increased visibility of his country, France, on the international map; the referral system developed by the French Sarcoma group, which he co-chairs, is also setting new standards," says Dr Tabernero.
Jean-Yves Blay is Professor of Medicine in Medical Oncology and Head of the Medical Oncology Department and the Translational Research Pole at the Centre Léon Bérard of the Université Claude Bernard in Lyon, France. He is one of Europe's most published lead and co-authors, with more than 350 peer-reviewed papers, principally on sarcomas, GIST and immunotherapy. He writes and lectures on public health issues such as breast and prostate cancer screening programs. He is a president of the EORTC and serves as scientific committee member of 5 cancer centers in France. He has been a reviewer for the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Blood, Cancer, Annals of Oncology, and the European Journal of Cancer.
"His citation for the distinguished Hamilton Fairley Award - which was established in 1998 to commemorate one of the founding fathers of medical oncology in Europe - notes the international recognition he has achieved for his lifetime of work in cancer science and research," highlights Dr Tabernero.
"It is an immense privilege to receive this award. The recognition by ESMO, an organization I cherish particularly, is extremely important for me." says Prof Blay.