Candidates for the award will be considered by a prestigious international Selection Committee of renowned cancer leaders appointed by the president of the AACR in consultation with the Council of the Pezcoller Foundation. The committee will consider all nominations as they have been submitted; the committee may not combine submitted nominations, add a new candidate to a submitted nomination, or otherwise make alterations to the submitted nominations. After careful deliberations by the committee, its recommendations will be forwarded to the Executive Committee of the AACR and the Council of the Pezcoller Foundation for final consideration and determination.
Selection of the award winner will be made on the basis of the candidate's scientific accomplishments. No regard will be given to race, gender, nationality, or religious or political view.
Responsibilities of the Award Recipient
The recipient will also present the Tenth Annual Stanley J. Korsmeyer Lecture in Padua, Italy, just prior to the official award ceremony in Trento, Italy, in May 2015. Remarks to be made during the ceremony must be delivered to the Pezcoller Foundation at least four weeks prior to allow sufficient time for translation into Italian. Should the recipient be unable to participate in either event, the award must be forfeited and may be presented instead to the alternate.
In the rare event that there are dual recipients of the award, the cash award will be shared equally between them, and the AACR Executive Committee will determine which of the two co-recipients will present the Pezcoller-AACR Award Lecture at the AACR Annual Meeting.
The Stanley J. Korsmeyer Lecture
This lectureship has been created through the Pezcoller Foundation, the Venetian Institute of Molecular Medicine, and the AACR to honor the late Dr. Stanley J. Korsmeyer's outstanding and significant contributions to our understanding of the mechanisms that regulate programmed cell death and survival.
Dr. Korsmeyer's numerous accomplishments in the cancer field led to his being named the recipient of the Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award for Cancer Research in 2004. He subsequently presented a lecture at the Venetian Institute of Molecular Medicine – his last European lecture before his untimely death from cancer in 2005.
Through this lectureship, the foundation, the institute and the AACR wish to remember Dr. Korsmeyer in the manner he would have liked best – with the presentation of significant science and discussion among colleagues in cancer research. The lecture will be presented annually by the recipient of the Pezcoller-AACR Award, and will be delivered each year in May at the Venetian Institute of Molecular Medicine in Padua, Italy.
The Pezcoller Foundation
The Pezcoller Foundation was established in 1980 by Professor Alessio Pezcoller, a dedicated Italian surgeon who made important contributions to medicine during his career and who, through his foresight, vision, and generous gift in support of the formation of the foundation, stimulated others to join this effort in sustaining the work of the foundation. Professor Pezcoller has inspired scientists around the world to make significant advances in cancer research. In addition to sponsoring this prestigious award, the foundation also sponsors a series of symposia, publishes a journal, and supports awards for early-career scientists from Europe who have submitted highly rated abstracts for presentation at the AACR Annual Meeting.