publication date: Feb. 17, 2017

In Brief Salk scientist awarded $500K Swedish prize

Tony Hunter, who holds an American Cancer Society Professorship at the Salk Institute, has been awarded $500,000 as part of the $1 million Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences’ inaugural Sjöberg Prize for Cancer Research for “groundbreaking studies of cellular processes that have led to the development of new and effective cancer drugs.”

The prize ceremony will be held in Stockholm during the Academy’s annual meeting on March 31 in the presence of the king and queen of Sweden.

Hunter studied how normal cells become tumor cells, demonstrating that a special process was necessary: tyrosine phosphorylation of proteins. His discovery led to the development of a new type of cancer pharmaceutical, tyrosine kinase inhibitors. These have revolutionized the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia and also are of great benefit in several other forms of cancer.

Hunter, who holds the Renato Dulbecco Chair in Salk’s Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory, is also the recipient of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge award in biomedicine, the Royal Medal in the Biological Sciences of the Royal Society, the Wolf Prize in Medicine and the Gairdner International Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Born in 1943 … Continue reading Salk scientist awarded $500K Swedish prize

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