August 31, 2016


HzH_1Nobel Prize Session

Infections in cancers of the colon and breast
German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany


Professor Harald zur Hausen studied Medicine at the Universities of Bonn, Hamburg and Düsseldorf and received his M.D. in 1960. After his internship he worked as postdoc at the Institute of Microbiology in Düsseldorf, subsequently in the Virus Laboratories of the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia where he was later appointed as Assistant Professor. He was appointed in 1972 as Chairman and Professor of Virology at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. In 1977 he moved to a similar position to the University of Freiburg. From 1983 until 2003 he was appointed as Scientific Director of the Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (German Cancer Research Center) in Heidelberg. He retired from this position in 2003. He received 30 honorary doctorates. He received a number of national and international awards, most notably the Nobel-Prize for Medicine, 2008 “for his discovery of human papilloma viruses causing cervical cancer”. From 2000-2009 zur Hausen was Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Cancer, and from 2006-2009 he was member of the Board of Directors of the International Union against Cancer (UICC).

Professor zur Hausen’s research has completely revolutionized the way we think of cancer from the discovery of several strains of HPV and their relation to cervical cancer to his contribution to first linking a virus to cancer. Furthermore, he has also been dedicating himself to colorectal cancer research, namely the role of dairy cattle meat and milk factors in its presence as well as breast cancer.

Location: Heidelberg, Germany

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