Cancer expert awarded $50k prize

Prof. Patrick Johnston.
Prof. Patrick Johnston.

Professor Patrick Johnston - another career landmark

The award recognizes Professor Johnston’s pioneering research work and its benefit to cancer patients. Professor Johnston is recognised internationally as a leading authority in cancer treatment and research. He was the brains behind the establishment of a comprehensive Cancer Care and Research Programme in Northern Ireland.

This year’s Pinedo Prize of $50,000 will be presented at the Society for Translational Oncology’s Fourth Annual meeting, to be hosted by the VU University Medical and Cancer Center, Amsterdam, at the ING House in Amsterdam on October 1.

Professor Johnston, who will deliver the keynote lecture at the meeting, said: “I am delighted and humbled to have been awarded the Pinedo Prize. It is a great honour to have my work and that of my research team recognised by the international research community in this way.”

Queen’s University’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Peter Gregson, praised the work of Prof Johnston in the Cancer Research and Cell Biology magazine, saying: “Queen’s is bringing some of the finest minds in clinical and scientific research together to take medical translational research to new levels.

“It is developing a new £175 million Institute of Health Sciences. This is happening under the leadership of Professor Patrick Johnston who has devoted his life to improving the lives of others. The Society’s award is testimony to his foresight and commitment and is recognition of the work he is undertaking on a global scale.”

The work of Professor Johnston, a member of Cancer Research UK Scientific Executive Board, has focused on furthering understanding and treatment of gastrointestinal tumors and improving patient care. Prof. Johston received his medical degree with distinction from University College Dublin in 1982, followed by a 1988 PhD in Medicine. He obtained a fellowship at the National Cancer Institute (NCI USA) in 1987 where he pursued further clinical training in medical oncology and doctoral studies in molecular pharmacology, drug resistance and drug development. The Pinedo Prize is the second award of the summer for Prof. Johnston, who is Dean of The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Queen’s. His department was also presented with an Athena SWAN Silver Award in June. It commends good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) in higher education.