The winner of the 2014 Basser Global Prize was Dr. Mary-Claire King, from the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. King is known worldwide for her major accomplishments in human genetics research and one of her most noteworthy achievements is the identification of the BRCA1 gene. 2014 marked the 20th anniversary of the identification of the gene.
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.