Eisenman wins first Landon Prize
Dr. Robert Eisenman of the Basic Sciences Division, is the first recipient of the Kirk A. Landon Prize for Basic Cancer Research from the American Association for Cancer Research. The $200,000 prize was established to honor significant, fundamental contributions to lab research.
Eisenman receives the award at the AACR annual meeting April 6-10 in San Francisco, where he will deliver a lecture on his research.
Eisenman, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, is a leader in the field of oncogenes, aberrantly regulated genes that cause cancer. His studies on a gene known as myc are seminal to scientists' understanding of how normal cells progress to cancer cells, said Dr. Mark Groudine, Basic Sciences Division director.
"Bob has contributed the most innovative, insightful and reliable work in the field," he said.
The AACR was founded in 1907 to facilitate communication and dissemination of knowledge among scientists and others dedicated to the cancer problem. Its more than 17,000 researchers are dedicated to advancing the understanding of cancer causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment throughout the world.