The Echevarne Foundation awarded the 6th National Oncology Prize to Dr. Manel Esteller, Director of the Cancer Epigenetics and Biology Programme of the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) and Head of the Cancer Epigenetics Group, as well as Professor of Genetics at the University of Barcelona School of Medicine and ICREA Research Professor.
The prize has been awarded for the work entitled “Epigenómica del Cáncer: del conocimiento a las aplicaciones”. Esteller’s work concentrates on the study of epigenetic mechanisms, revealing that a series of non-genetic factors are involved in our development, as well as in multiple diseases due to aberrant changes in them. His studies have made a significant contribution to our understanding of the behaviour of cancer cells, especially in the deregulation of tumour suppressor genes and repetitive sequences in cancer. Thanks in part to these studies, new diagnostic tests have been developed and new treatment applications focusing on epigenetic drugs are being tested, especially against cancer.