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During the 34th Annual Congress of the European Association of Urology (EAU), the Head of the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS), Professor Freddie Hamdy, was awarded the prestigious Willy Gregoir Medal - the highest recognition conferred by the Association.

The award honours significant contributions to the development of the urological speciality in Europe. The European Association of Urology has been founded in 1973 and represents urological practice, research and education throughout Europe.

Professor Richard Bryant, who was in the audience at the EAU Opening Ceremony in Barcelona, said: “This is a tremendous honour and achievement for Professor Freddie Hamdy, and reflects his tremendous lifetime contribution to the urology speciality in Europe. It also indicates the amazing influence he has had on so many urology trainees and clinician scientists, both in the UK and across Europe and beyond, and is extremely well deserved.

Professor Hamdy is the Chief Investigator of many studies, including the ProtecT (Prostate testing for cancer and Treatment) study of case-finding and randomised controlled trial of treatment effectiveness in prostate cancer – the largest of its kind worldwide. He is also establishing various multidisciplinary research platforms at Oxford and introducing, with colleagues, a new centre for evaluation of minimally invasive technology including robotic surgery.

Third Prize for the Best Abstract by a resident

Congratulations also go to NDS Clinical Research Fellow and DPhil student Dr Jessica Whitburn for winning the EAU Third Prize for the Best Abstract by a resident for her research paper 'The bone microenvironment drives upregulation of the pentose phosphate pathway in prostate cancer, improving antioxidant properties'.

 

See the list of previous winners of the Willy Gregoir Medal.

News item courtesy of Cancer Research UK, Oxford Centre

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