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2013 Serono Symposia International Foundation Award in Oncology

GENEVA, December 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Serono Symposia International Foundation (SSIF) announces the winner of the SSIF 2013 Award in oncology. The winner, chosen among all the evaluations and upon the documentation provided by the candidate, is Professor Fortunato Ciardiello, Full Professor of Medical Oncology, Head of the Laboratory of Experimental Therapeutics, Head of the Division of Medical Oncology, Director of the "Dipartimento Medico-Chirurgico di Internistica Clinica e Sperimentale" and Member of the Academic Senate, Seconda Università di Napoli in Naples, Italy. Recently, Professor Ciardiello has been also nominated European Society of Medical Oncology President 2016-2017.

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"I'm very proud to receive this prestigious Award from SSIF - says Professor Fortunato Ciardiello - I would like to thank the Foundation for the big chance given us to share thoughts and opinions with the brightest minds among the oncology community. It is a great opportunity to exchange knowledge and get started on new projects and research."

The SSIF Award Committee - to whom some of the most prestigious worldwide experts in bioscience belong - assessed the applications and drew up the shortlist of candidates.

Professor Fortunato Ciardiello has been chosen as the medical expert who has done most to drive medical education forward, through his results on educational activities, academic and research work in the field of oncology.

Every year SSIF promotes the Award in a different field of expertise and this edition has been dedicated to oncology which is one of the most evolving fields of medical and scientific researches.

"Our knowledge about the molecular mechanisms resulting in tumour growth and spread have changed drastically during the last years" - says Professor Christoph Zielinski, member of the Scientific Committee of Serono Symposia International Foundation and member of the Award Committee - We are grateful to researchers and clinicians for all their efforts to achieve so important scientific aims which result in optimized treatment options through the understanding of underlying mechanisms".

Through this Award, SSIF intends to highlight the commitment of those who contribute to improve results for cancer patients in terms of survival and quality of life.

Serono Symposia International Foundation (SSIF) is a non-profit organisation based in Geneva (Switzerland). It was founded to disseminate innovative achievements and developments in medical and scientific research through Continuing Medical Education programs with the aim of improving patients' lives.

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