ESMO Award for Translational Research

The Award is presented to candidates who are internationally recognised for outstanding achievements in translational research.

2017 – Alberto Bardelli, Italy

The ESMO Translational Research Award was presented to Alberto Bardelli during the ESMO 2017 Congress.

Alberto Bardelli is a Professor in the Department of Oncology at the University of Torino, Director of the Laboratory of Molecular Oncology, and deputy Director of the Candiolo Cancer Institute-IRCCS, Torino, Italy.

In particular, Bardelli’s exploration of the molecular landscape of response and resistance to CRC treatments has found clinical applicability through the use of liquid biopsies to monitor treatment-response. His translational discoveries in the field of metastatic CRC have led to paradigm-changing applications in the clinic.


I am thrilled and honoured to receive this award, which acknowledges the work of my entire team of geneticists, molecular biologists, medical oncologists, physicists and mathematicians. In the last five years, our efforts to define how genomic alterations drive tumours, and how oncogenic events affect the ability of cancer cells to evade drugs, have translated into new ideas for clinical trials, which has been extremely gratifying. The ESMO Award for Translational Research energizes me to move forward in this direction and to get even closer to the clinical needs of patients.

Alberto Bardelli, 2017 ESMO Translational Research Award winner

On behalf of the ESMO Fellowship and Award Committee, Christoph Zielinski said: “Professor Bardelli is a highly-respected geneticist and world-renowned expert in the field of precision medicine. His innovative work in the area of liquid biopsies has paved the way for optimising diagnosis and treatment options for CRC patients, and made him one of our most outstanding translational research scientists.”

Read the press release: Alberto Bardelli Recognised with the ESMO Translational Research Award

Previous winners of the Award (ESMO Award for Translational Research as of 2017, previously Hamilton Fairley Award)

  • 2016 - Carlos Caldas, United Kingdom
  • 2015 - Cornelius Punt, The Netherlands
  • 2014 - Heikki Joensuu, Finland
  • 2013 - Roger Stupp, Switzerland
  • 2012 – Jean-Yves Blay, France
  • 2011 - Rafael Rosell, Spain
  • 2010 - Bengt Glimelius, Sweden
  • 2009 - T.Andrew Lister, United Kingdom
  • 2008 - Yosef Yarden, Israel
  • 2006 - V. Diehl, Germany
  • 2004 - B.A.J. Ponder, United Kingdom
  • 2002 - A. Levitzki, Israel
  • 2000 - P. Borst, The Netherlands
  • 1998 - T. Tursz, France
  • 1996 - A. de la Chapelle, Finland
  • 1994 - B. Coiffier, France
  • 1992 - H.M. Pinedo, The Netherlands
  • 1990 - R. Mertelsmann, Germany
  • 1988 - G. Klein, Sweden