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Published: 05 October 2018

Surrey scientist awarded prestigious cancer prize

A cancer specialist at Surrey is just one of four oncology experts in Europe and one of 20 worldwide to win a 2018 Young Investigator Award from the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

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Dr Mohammed Asim, Head of Oncology and Lecturer in Molecular Cancer Biology, has been recognised for his ground-breaking research tackling prostate cancer.

Dr Asim will receive a $225,000 grant over three years to develop a novel drug to treat aggressive prostate cancer, which has no long-term cure and is fatal in the majority of cases.

Nearly 14 million men worldwide are battling prostate cancer and over 40,000 are newly diagnosed every year in the UK. Men over 50 have a 1 in 8 chance of developing prostate cancer and black men are at a higher risk of developing the disease.

Dr Asim is a renowned expert in prostate cancer and has held a number of high-profile academic positions including as a senior scientist at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute at the University of Cambridge, and he has also previously worked at the Cancer Cell Biology Center at the University of Wisconsin in the US.

He said: “I am delighted to have received this award. Prostate cancer is a devastating illness, with many complications that are difficult to treat. This award will facilitate further investigation into aggressive prostate cancer, an area currently lacking in research, potentially helping to save men’s lives.”