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24th Biennial Congress of the European Association for Cancer Research

Mike Price Gold Medal Award

EACR awards 2016 Mike Price Gold Medal to Professor Sir Michael Stratton

The Mike Price Gold Medal is presented biennially to a senior researcher who has made an exceptional contribution to cancer research in Europe.

We are delighted to announce that the 2016 award will be presented to Professor Sir Michael Stratton of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK. Professor Stratton will receive the Mike Price Gold Medal and deliver the closing lecture at EACR-24 in (Manchester, UK, 9-12 July 2016).

About the Winner: Professor Sir Michael Stratton

Mike Stratton is Director of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. His primary research interests have been in the genetics of cancer. His early research focused on inherited susceptibility. He mapped and identified the major high risk breast cancer susceptibility gene BRCA2 and subsequently a series of moderate risk breast cancer and other cancer susceptibility genes.

In 2000 he initiated the Cancer Genome Project at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute which conducts systematic genome-wide searches for somatic mutations in human cancer. Through these studies he discovered somatic mutations of the BRAF gene in malignant melanoma and several other mutated cancer genes in lung, renal, breast and other cancers. He has described the basic patterns of somatic mutation in cancer genomes revealing underlying DNA mutational and repair processes.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) and was Knighted by the Queen in 2013.

More information:

Mike Stratton at the Sanger Institute 

The Cancer Genome Project 

Above: Mike Price Gold Medal Award winner Professor Stratton

Who was Mike Price?

The Mike Price Gold Medal Award commemorates the life and work of perhaps the most significant figure in the EACR’s history. Mike Price served as Secretary General of the EACR for 21 years. He died in 2000 after fighting bravely for just over a year against an unusual form of cancer. Edith Olah, EACR President at the time, wrote that his death brought immense sadness to all the many members of the EACR who knew and loved him.

Mike Price was an excellent educator and countless students benefitted from his enthusiasm and understanding. Among many initiatives, he was instrumental in setting up the EACR Travel Fellowship scheme which continues to give young scientists the opportunity to visit and train in centres of excellence throughout Europe and beyond.