LUGANO, Switzerland – The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), the leading organisation for medical oncology, has revealed the 2019 winners of its annual awards. The four distinguished clinicians and scientists will be formally honoured during the ESMO 2019 Congress in Barcelona, on Friday, 27 September. (1)
ESMO Award 2019 honours Eric Van Cutsem
This year’s ESMO Award goes to Prof. Eric Van Cutsem, the architect and current head of one of the earliest specialist oncology units for gastrointestinal cancers in Europe at University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium. The ESMO Award comes in recognition of Van Cutsem’s role as a pioneer in the field of gastrointestinal oncology and honours the contribution of the unit he created – one of the largest in western Europe today – to promoting medical oncology as a specialty within the GI oncology community.
Angelo Di Leo wins ESMO Lifetime Achievement Award 2019
Dr. Angelo Di Leo is to be presented with the ESMO Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 in tribute to his outstanding career dedicated to cancer research and education. Di Leo is an internationally renowned expert in breast cancer, who pioneered research into the biology of these tumours and contributed significantly to the development of personalised treatment approaches for cancer patients. He also developed the medical oncology department at the Hospital of Prato, Italy, into a leading national centre for integrated cancer care and clinical research.
ESMO Women for Oncology Award 2019 distinguishes Cristiana Sessa
Prof. Cristiana Sessa, Scientific Clinical Consultant of the Clinical Trial Unit at Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale and Consultant for Gynaecological Cancer at the Oncology Institute of Southern Switzerland (IOSI) in Bellinzona, Switzerland, is to receive the ESMO Women for Oncology Award 2019 for her contributions to supporting the career development of women in oncology and for her role in sensitising organisations to perceive the female oncology workforce as a valuable resource. A respected clinician and expert in the field of gynaecological cancers, Sessa has worked tirelessly to help the next generation of women climb the professional ladder, be it through direct mentorship or through her many activities aimed at facilitating access to education and development programmes for female oncologists.
Charles Swanton wins the ESMO Translational Research Award 2019
The 2019 ESMO Translational Research Awardee is Prof. Charles Swanton, Royal Society Napier Professor and Chief Clinician at Cancer Research UK. The Award honours Swanton’s exceptional achievements in translational research: among other things, his research group provided conclusive evidence that the way in which tumours evolve over time follows Darwinian principles of natural selection and branched evolution – and that this frequently constitutes an underlying cause of treatment failure.
- The ESMO Award, ESMO Lifetime Achievement Award, ESMO Award for Translational Research, and ESMO Women for Oncology Award will be presented during the ESMO 2019 Opening Ceremony, Friday 27 September, 11:45-13:30 CEST, Barcelona Auditorium