This award recognizes an individual scientist whose novel and significant work has had or may have a far-reaching impact on the detection, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of cancer, and who embodies the dedication of the princess to multinational collaborations.
12th Award Recipient
Lisa M. Coussens, PhD
Professor and Chairwoman, Department of Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology
Associate Director for Basic Research
Knight Cancer Institute
Dr. Coussens delivered her award lecture titled "Modulating Immune Response: Lessons Learned from Mouse Models of Cancer Development" at the AACR Annual Meeting 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The award lecture was held Monday, April 16, 2018, in the McCormick Place North/South Convention Center.
The AACR Princess Takamatsu Memorial Lectureship was established and first presented in 2007 in honor of the late Princess Takamatsu of Japan. During her extraordinary life, Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamatsu expended tremendous efforts toward the public and humanitarian cause of the eradication of cancer. She is an honored and respected figure in Japan, the United States, and the cancer research community worldwide.
The lectureship recognizes an individual scientist whose novel and significant work has had or may have a far-reaching impact on the detection, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of cancer, and who embodies the dedication of the Princess to multinational collaborations.
Lisa M. Coussens, PhD, is honored for her groundbreaking contributions which have underscored the importance of the tumor microenvironment to cancer progression and established that immune cells can both enhance and inhibit tumor growth. Dr. Coussens’ paradigm-shifting studies have demonstrated that tumor infiltrating immune cells can be both pro and anti-tumorigenic, as well as influence response to cytotoxic and targeted therapy. She is also recognized for her outstanding international collaborations that have enabled translation of her basic science studies into the clinic.
Dr. Coussens currently is the chair of the Department of Cell, Developmental and Cancer Biology, and associate director for Basic Research in the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU), and holds the Hildegard Lamfrom Chair in Basic Science. She received her doctorate in biological chemistry from Universtiy of California Los Angeles in 1993, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in cancer biology at the University of California San Francisco in Douglas Hanahans' laboratory.
In recognition of her research contributions to studying underlying mechanisms of cancer development, Dr. Coussens was awarded a V Foundation Scholar Award (2000), the AACR Gertrude B. Elion Award (2001), two Era of Hope Scholar Awards (2006, 2011), the AACR-Women in Cancer Research Charlotte Friend Memorial Lectureship (2012), the 13th Rosalind E. Franklin Award from the National Cancer Institute (2015), and a Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina (2017)
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