A Malaysian scientist has won the Dr Josef Steiner Cancer Research Prize 2019 for her work on cancer genome interpretation.

The prestigious award was originally known as the "Nobel Prize for Cancer Research", according to The Star.

Professor Dr Serena Nik-Zainal was the principal investigator in the research, “Accelerating holistic cancer genome interpretation towards the clinic”, which was carried out in collaboration with two other collaborators, Dr Paul Calleja and Dr Ignacio Medina from the University of Cambridge.

Serena, who is the daughter of the renowned late cardiologist Dr Nik Zainal Abidin Nik Abdul Rahman, is attached to the University of Cambridge's Medical Genetics Department and Medical Research Council Cancer Unit.

The report said the research allows for mutations in cancer tumours to be analysed using new bio-informatic methods, which then enables targeted therapies.

The prize will be awarded today at the University of Cambridge.

In a statement posted on the university's website, Serena said the award would help the university enhance translation of its expertise and develop novel, clinically meaningful algorithmic tools.

Source: The Star
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