Singapore-led team of Asian cancer researchers wins AACR Team Science Award

IMAGE: These are the winners of the American Association for Cancer Research Team Award. Top (L-R): Associate Professors Chawalit Pairojkul and Narong Khuntikeo (Khon Kaen University, Thailand), Professors Sen-Yong Hsieh Jacob… view more 

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Singapore, March 24, 2018 – For the first time, an Asian team of cancer researchers has won the prestigious American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Team Science Award, an award that honours researchers for their global impact on cancer research. This year’s winning team is an international collaboration led by a Singapore team comprising Professors Patrick Tan (Team Leader), Bin Tean Teh, Steve Rozen and colleagues from Duke-NUS Medical School, National Cancer Centre Singapore, Genome Institute of Singapore, and collaborators from Japan, Taiwan and Thailand. Since inception, teams from the US have won the award eight times, and a team from the UK won in 2012.

The focus of the team’s research is on cancers that are prominent in Asia but less studied in the West, because such cancers constitute a major global healthcare burden and an unmet medical need. Professor Tan said, “Our research programme was founded on a common realisation — that in Asia, there existed several endemic, highly prevalent, and lethal cancers rarely


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