Cancer Research UK scientist receives prestigious award

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A scientist at the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute has been handed the 2008 Liliane Bettencourt Life Sciences Award.

Immunobiologist Caetano Reis e Sousa has received the international accolade for his role in increasing scientists' understanding of the immune system.

Dr Reis e Sousa leads the Immunobiology Laboratory at the London Research Institute, where his work focuses on how the immune system detects and responds to infection. His goal is to manipulate the immune system to target and destroy cancer cells.

In particular, Dr Reis e Sousa is keen to understand the regulation of adaptive immunity by antigen-presenting cells and the mechanisms leading to the activation of dendritic cells (DCs), which form part of the immune system.

Described by Cancer Research UK as an "outstanding investigator, first-rate author, excellent public speaker and wonderful mentor", Dr Reis e Sousa is regarded as a world leader in his field.

The EUR250,000 Liliane Bettencourt Life Sciences Award recognises top-level European researchers under the age of 45 and aims to support his or her team in its research.

The winner is chosen by an international jury chaired by Professor Pierre Corvol, administrator of the College de France and member of the French Academy of Sciences.