Ian Tomlinson, Professor of Molecular and Population Genetics and Group Head at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, has been awarded the UEG Research Prize in 2013.
The €100,000 prize will support Professor Tomlinson’s research project entitled ‘The roles of bone morphogenetic protein pathway genes in the normal and neoplastic intestines’. This comprehensive investigation aims to assess the role of a particular BMP pathway locus, BMP5, in susceptibility to colorectal cancer.
A UEG spokesman said ‘Professor Tomlinson’s work focuses principally on cancer predisposition and related fields. His performance is at the cutting edge: in less than two decades he was able to identify more than 20 genes which increase the risk of colorectal cancers, representing the majority of all known bowel tumour genes.’
Professor Tomlinson received the prize at the Opening Plenary Session of UEG Week Berlin on 14 October 2013. UEG (United European Gastroenterology) is a professional non-profit organisation combining all the leading European societies concerned with digestive disease.