publication date: Nov. 17, 2017

De la Chapelle receives lifetime achievement award from colorectal cancer group

Albert de la Chapelle, professor in the department of cancer biology and genetics at Ohio State University, has received a lifetime achievement award from the Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancer, which was established to improve understanding of inherited colorectal cancer and the clinical management of affected families, particularly those living in the Americas.

De la Chapelle, who is a member of the Molecular Biology and Cancer Genetics Program at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, received the award Oct. 20.

De la Chapelle’s work spans more than five decades and includes more than 800 publications. His early research contributed to the detection of a gene that helps determine maleness and to characterizing the XX male syndrome, also called De la Chapelle syndrome. Most of his career has focused on identifying, mapping, cloning and characterizing disease genes, especially genes that predispose people to cancer.

In particular, he played a key role in the discovery of genes that cause Lynch syndrome, a cancer-causing condition that occurs when a person inherits a mutation in one of four genes. De la Chapelle is known for having a compassionate approach to clinical research. He shows an interest in the patients seen by his staff in clinic, … Continue reading De la Chapelle receives lifetime achievement award from colorectal cancer group

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