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Tim Hunt of Cancer Research UK appointed to European research body
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Cancer Research UK scientist, Sir Tim Hunt has today been appointed by the European Commission as one of seven new members of the Scientific Council, the governing body of the European Research Council (the ERC).

Harpal Kumar, Cancer Research UK’s chief executive, said: “We are delighted that one of our most eminent scientists has been appointed to this important role.

 “He brings an exceptional wealth of research experience and expertise from his world-leading work on the control of the cell cycle – the process by which all cells multiply.

“His many important discoveries in this area have contributed greatly to our knowledge of how cancer develops and the routes by which we can detect and treat the disease. This understanding is crucial in our work to develop new ways to beat cancer and increase survival.”

Sir Tim's term of office will run from 2 February 2011 to the end of 2013.

Sir Tim, head of the cell cycle control laboratory at Cancer Research UK’s London Research Institute  is a biochemist and has been working with Cancer Research UK (formerly the Imperial Cancer Research Fund) since 1990.. His primary research goal is to understand how cyclin-dependent protein kinases (CDKs) trigger cell cycle transitions, and how the timing of cyclin proteolysis is regulated. He was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2001.

The other new members of the Scientific Council are:

Prof.Nicholas CANNY, National University of Ireland, Galway (IE)

Prof. Tomasz DIETL, Polish Academy of Sciences (PL)

Prof. Daniel DOLEV, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (IL)

Prof. Mart SAARMA, University of Helsinki (FI)

Prof. Anna TRAMONTANO, University of Rome La Sapienza (IT)

Prof. Isabelle VERNOS, Centre Regulació Genómica, Barcelona (ES).

For more information about the European Research Council

    Tim Hunt of Cancer Research UK appointed to European research body

    Notes to editors

    The European Research Council (ERC) is the first European funding body set up to support investigator-driven frontier research.

    Its main aim is to stimulate scientific excellence by supporting and encouraging the very best, truly creative scientists, scholars and engineers to be adventurous and take risks in their research. The scientists are encouraged to go beyond established frontiers of knowledge and the boundaries of disciplines.

    The ERC complements other funding activities in Europe such as those of the national research funding agencies, and is a flagship component of the 'Ideas Programme' of the European Union's Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7).

    The ERC Scientific Council sets the scientific policy of the ERC. It acts on behalf of the scientific community in Europe to promote creativity and innovative research. It directs the scientific strategy and establishes methodologies and procedures for the peer review evaluation of proposals and the scientific reporting and monitoring. The Scientific Council members are appointed by the European Commission, on the recommendations of an independent Identification Committee.

    Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research

     • The charity’s groundbreaking work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.  This work is funded entirely by the public.

    • Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival rates double in the last forty years.

    • Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.

    • Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK's vision is to beat cancer.

    For further information about Cancer Research UK's work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 020 7121 6699.


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    Please note: all amounts expressed in sterling are for information purposes only.


    Last update: 18/01/2011  |Top