Basser Research Center for BRCA


Basser Global Prize

To further enhance the Basser Center's mission, the Basser Global Prize was established by Shari Basser Potter and Leonard Potter to honor a visionary scientist who has conceptually advanced BRCA1/2 related research that has led to improvements in clinical care. The prize will be considered for a broad range of basic, translational and clinical BRCA1/2 cancer researchers worldwide. Outstanding candidates will be those whose research has produced seminal advances in the field and who continue to drive BRCA1/2 related research towards the ultimate goal of mitigating the adverse impact of deleterious BRCA1/2 and related mutations.

The Basser Global Prize provides $200,000 in unrestricted support of the awardee's innovative BRCA1/2 related research efforts. The Awardee will give the Keynote address at the annual Basser Research Center for BRCA Symposium the following year, at which time they will be awarded the Basser trophy and a personal $10,000 cash prize by the Gray and Potter Families.

The winner of the inaugural Basser Global Prize in 2013 was Professor Alan Ashworth, FRS, from the Institute for Cancer Research (ICR) in the UK. Professor Ashworth's laboratory focuses on using genetic principles to understand cancer biology and then uses this information to change the way patients are treated. For example, using genetic principles Professor Ashworth's lab has developed a novel therapeutic strategy for cancer treatment using PARP inhibitors.

Read the press release here.

The Basser Global Prize Application Process

Eligibility

Nominees are not restricted to any geographic area or type of institution. The appropriate Institutional Official (e.g. Chancellor, Dean or Provost) must nominate applicants. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

The following must be included in the Nomination Package:

  • Basser Global Prize Application 2014 Form including:

    • Nominee and Institutional Official contact information and signatures

    • Summary Statement of Major Research Accomplishments (500 words maximum)
      This statement should summarize and succinctly state the major research accomplishments of the nominee, with a particular emphasis on how these findings have advanced BRCA1/2 related research. Accomplishments can span basic biology, diagnosis, treatment and outcomes for BRCA1/2 carriers and their families.

    • Listing of five most important publications related to BRCA1/2 research (250 words maximum, each)
      Provide a description of the importance of each publication.

    • Vision for future BRCA1/2 research (1,000 words maximum) The Nominee will describe a broad vision of her/his research program over the next 5 years.
  • Download the 2014 Nomination Form (.pdf)

  • Nominee's CV

  • Nominating letter (1 page)
    The Institutional Official will describe the major accomplishments of the nominee and why this individual warrants consideration for the Basser Global Prize.

ALL MATERIALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MAY 15, 2014

Completed nomination forms must be printed and include original signatures of both the Nominee and Institutional Official. Complete packages including nomination form, nominee’s CV and nominating letter from the Institutional Official can be sent to:

Susan Domchek, MD
Director
Basser Research Center for BRCA
Abramson Cancer Center-University of Pennsylvania
3rd Floor, West Pavilion/Breast Center
3400 Civic Center Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19104

 



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