Dr. Lee Hartwell, center president and director, is the recipient of the 2004 Alfred G. Knudson Award in Cancer Genetics from the National Cancer Institute. Hartwell received the award, which recognizes his pioneering studies on genetic regulation of cell division, on Jan. 16 at the NCI Combined Intramural Program Investigator Retreat.
Hartwell addressed more than 600 attendees at the meeting about the prospects of eliminating cancer by harnessing new technologies-including nanotechnology, imaging and proteomics-to improve the early detection and treatment of the disease.
Hartwell's past honors include the 2001 Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology, the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award and the American Cancer Medal of Honor Basic Research Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and serves as co-chair of the National Cancer Advisory Board subcommittee on advanced technologies.
The Knudson award fosters the development of research programs in cancer genetics. It is named for Dr. Alfred Knudson, who revolutionized the understanding of the genetic basis for cancer.