The group leader of the Stem Cells and Cancer Laboratory at IRB Barcelona and ICREA researcher, Salvador Aznar Benitah, has been awarded the National ‘Doctores Diz Pintado 2016’ Cancer Research Prize. This distinction has been given in recognition of Salvador Aznar’s contributions to transferring knowledge from basic research to clinical research. The award coincides with the recent publication of his study in Nature, which has identified the cells responsible for initiating and promoting metastasis in several types of human tumour.
The research developed by Salvador Aznar Benitah is mainly basic; however, it pursues clinical application thanks to the combination of several methodologies that allows systematic study of the molecular mechanisms underlying tumour growth.
His research group aims to characterize the molecular pathways that regulate the behaviour of normal stem cells during homeostasis and to determine how they become deregulated during carcinogenesis and ageing.
More information at IRB Barcelona website.