Sanger Institute researcher, Henry Lee-Six, wins Dr Falk Pharma/Guts UK essay prize
A medical student who undertook an MBPhD at the Wellcome Sanger Institute in Cambridge has gained a top prize in the prestigious Dr Falk-Pharma/Guts UK charity national awards. Mr Henry Lee-Six won the award for his project entitled ‘Mutational Landscape of Normal Colon’ which examined potential causes of the evolution of colon cells from normal to cancerous.
Mr Lee-Six, who is currently in his fifth year of medical training at Cambridge University, was awarded his £1,000 prize at a dinner on Tuesday 18th June at the British Society of Gastroenterology Annual Meeting in Glasgow.
The Dr Falk Pharma UK/Core Awards, now celebrating its thirteenth year, are dedicated to encouraging research and promoting patient care in the field of gastroenterology and hepatology.
"I was looking for a project that had the potential to make a real difference to patients’ lives while also revealing new and exciting biology. I wanted to try to understand how cancer happens through the lens of Darwinian evolution and this project has allowed me to do exactly that. We hope that future research will pinpoint the agents responsible for each of these mutational processes, allowing us to avoid them or develop drugs to protect us against them, and so prevent bowel cancer from occurring in the first place.
"The Dr Falk-Guts UK essay prize allows me to share our work with a wider audience. It recognises that all the late nights and weekends that our lab spend at the scientific coalface do mean something. I am proud for all of us who worked on this and for those whose work I have built upon, to have been awarded it."
Henry Lee-Six, part of the Cancer Genome Project at the Wellcome Sanger Institute
"These awards have supported numerous medical students, junior doctors, nurses and dietitians at crucial early stages in their careers. These are the most talented health professionals and leaders of tomorrow and support at this early stage helps to signal their potential to them and their peers and foster self-belief as the bright stars of tomorrow. The awards continue to be highly competitive and help to attract the brightest and the best to the field of UK gastroenterology.
"Guts UK is delighted to continue its collaboration with Dr Falk Pharma UK, and the trustees of Guts UK greatly value Dr Falk’s clear vision and ongoing support of this valuable initiative."
Professor Chris Hawkey, President of Guts UK Charity