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Burnham Scientist Awarded AACR-National Foundation for Cancer Research Professorship in Basic Cancer Research

LA JOLLA, Calif. , May 2, 2003

Dr. Manuel Perucho
Manuel Perucho, Ph.D.
Program Director, Professor

Manuel Perucho, Ph.D., Director of The Burnham Institute’s Program on Cancer Genetics and Epigenetics, has been named recipient of the Cancer Research Professorship in Basic Cancer Research for 2003 awarded jointly by American Association for Cancer Research (“AACR”) and the National Foundation for Cancer Research (“NFCR”). The $50,000 award is given annually by peer nomination to a scientist of extraordinary achievement who shows promise for continued outstanding contributions to basic cancer research.

Dr. Perucho was awarded The AACR-NFCR Professorship in recognition of his pioneering contributions to the field of cancer genetics. The funding will support Dr. Perucho’s research on mechanisms underlying gastrointestinal cancer of the microsatellite mutator phenotype pathway.

The AACR and the NFCR established the Basic Science Professorship in 2000 to honor National Foundation for Cancer Research founders Tamara and Franklin Salisbury, Sr. The award is presented each year in conjunction with AACR’s annual meeting. (This year’s meeting, scheduled in Toronto, was cancelled due to SARS.)

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