What is the Szent-Györgyi Prize?
The Szent-Györgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research was established in honor of NFCR’s co-founder, Albert Szent-Györgyi, M.D., Ph.D., who received the 1937 Nobel Prize for his study of vitamin C and cell respiration. The prize is a symbol of NFCR’s enduring commitment to uphold Dr. Szent-Györgyi’s vision of curing cancer through innovation and collaboration.
The annual prize honors scientists who have made an original discovery or breakthrough in scientific understanding that has had a lasting impact on the cancer field and a direct impact of saving people’s lives. In addition to winning the coveted award itself, prize recipients are given a $25,000 honorarium and attend a gala in their honor. The award serves to highlight the essential role basic research plays in understanding cancer.
Nominations for the Prize may be made by individuals from the research community, industry, government, or other organizations who are sufficiently familiar with the research accomplishments and contributions of the nominee. Self-nominations are not accepted. Candidates must have made an original discovery or breakthrough in scientific understanding that has led to better prevention, earlier diagnosis, or new treatments for patients with cancer.
The Szent-Györgyi Prize Selection Committee has been established to advise and consult with the National Foundation for Cancer Research on each year’s pool of Prize nominees.
The Prize Winner each year will serve as the selection chair of the Szent-Györgyi Prize Selection Committee for the following year.
2017 Award Recipient
Michael N. Hall, Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry, Biozentrum of the University of Basel, Switzerland
The 2017 Selection Committee announced cell growth research pioneer Michael N. Hall will receive the 2017 Szent-Györgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research.
In 1991, Hall discovered one of the most important cancer cell targets in the modern era of oncology, which he named “Target of Rapamycin” or TOR. He discovered that TOR – a conserved protein kinase – controls cell growth and a wide range of metabolic processes that when dysregulated cause disorders such as cancers, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. TOR inhibitors are used today in treatments for kidney, breast, brain and pancreatic cancers, and numerous clinical trials are currently underway testing TOR inhibitors in the treatments of many types of cancer.
2018 Szent-Györgyi Prize Ceremony
Saturday, May 5th, 2018
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004
2018 Szent-Györgyi Prize is awarded to a duo of oncology vaccine pioneers at the National Cancer Institute – Dr. Douglas R. Lowy, M.D., and John T. Schiller, Ph.D. – for development of vaccines for human papilloma virus(HPV).