Professor Steve Jackson will receive the prestigious Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Medicine, value $200,000, for his "fundamental research into DNA repair in human cells and for the successful application of knowledge of that process in the development of new cancer drugs".
The prize is conferred by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, along with others in Biochemistry and Biophysics, Environmental Sciences, Cognitive Science, History and Art.
The Heineken Prizes are the largest international research prizes in the Netherlands and are awarded every other year. The winners are selected by juries consisting of leading international researchers put together by the Academy.
The prizes are named after Dr Henry P. Heineken (1886-1971), Dr Alfred H. Heineken (1923-2002) and Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken (1954-). Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken is chair of the Dr H.P. Heineken Foundation and the Alfred Heineken Fondsen Foundation, which finance the prizes.
"It is a great honour and privilege to receive the 2016 Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Medicine," said Jackson, adding: "I would like to thank all the many dedicated, innovative and highly talented people who have worked in my laboratory, as it is their groundbreaking science that has led to me receiving this award. I also express my deepest thanks to my mentors and inspirational colleagues in the Gurdon Institute at Cambridge University for their invaluable support and advice over the years."
The prize-giving ceremony will take place in September 2016 in Amsterdam's Stock Exchange building, the Beurs van Berlage, now a grand venue for municipal events and conferences.
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