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Ludwig Lausanne’s Douglas Hanahan elected Foreign Member of the Royal Society

Douglas Hanahan, Ludwig Cancer Research Lausanne
Douglas Hanahan

In May, Ludwig Lausanne’s Douglas Hanahan was elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society, a storied fellowship of eminent scientists, engineers and technologists in the U.K. and Commonwealth whose mission is to “recognize, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.” In honoring Doug, the Royal Society recognized a body of work that has profoundly influenced cancer research and new approaches to cancer diagnosis and treatment. While still a young scientist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York in the 1980s, Doug created one of the first mouse models engineered to develop cancers in specific organs. He has since used his models to examine the stages of cancer progression, the role cancer genes play in that process and the immune system’s interplay with the growing tumor. Doug is also noted for his authorship, with Ludwig MIT Co-director Robert Weinberg, of The Hallmarks of Cancer, which established an unprecedented conceptual framework for understanding the cellular and molecular underpinnings of cancer. He is the third scientist affiliated with the Ludwig Institute to be elected to the Royal Society, which counts among its Fellows and Foreign Members some 85 Nobel Laureates.

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