Congratulations to Prof. Franco Cavalli: the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has presented him with the “Distinguished Public Service Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research” 2024.

This award honors Prof. Cavalli for his remarkable scientific accomplishments and his impactful contributions to the development of cancer therapeutics.

For almost 20 years, this internationally acclaimed lymphoma and breast cancer expert has selflessly shared his boundless energy and insight with the Foundation Council of the ISREC Foundation. From 2008 to 2021, he was the president of its Scientific Board.

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Heartfelt THANKS to all the members of this association! Thanks to their efforts, an amazing CHF 150’000.- were raised for the purchase of a BeaQuant-S device for the AGORA center’s molecular imaging lab.

In nuclear medicine, the detection of tumors in a PET scan requires the intravenous administration of radioactive tracers. Prof. Margret Schottelius and her research groups are working on the development of novel tracers for the study and quantification of tumoral cells. Thanks to this innovative device, which affords a resolution 1000-fold higher than that of a PET scan, the imaging capacity of the AGORA center will reach a whole new level of precision.

The ECHEC AU CANCER DE LA BROYE Association has been supporting cancer research for 28 years, and has, to date, donated an impressive total of CHF 337’000.- to the ISREC Foundation.

Congratulations to our director, Prof. Susan M. Gasser: she has been presented the 2024 Swiss Who’s Who public choice award, honoring outstanding women in Switzerland.

This recognition underlines Prof. Gasser’s dedication, passion and positive impact on scientific research.

The ISREC Foundation extends its warmest congratulations to Prof. Andrea Alimonti who has been appointed the new director of the Institute of Oncology Research (IOR) starting January 1, 2024.

The ISREC Foundation is proud to be able to draw on the internationally recognized scientific expertise of Prof. Alimonti, a member of its Scientific Board.

Prof. Alimonti has received numerous Swiss and international awards honoring his remarkable contributions to cancer research. He is, in particular, renowned for his groundbreaking research on prostate cancer biology. His work has already led to promising new therapeutic approaches for this common malignant tumor in men.

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Congratulations to Prof. Johanna Joyce, a former member of the AGORA community, who has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) for 2024. Each year, the AACR honors scientists whose contributions have led to significant advances in the fight against cancer.

The AACR, a global working group consisting of renowned scientists, is dedicated to preventing and healing cancer through research, education, communication, collaboration, science policy and advocacy, as well as funding for cancer research.

Congratulations to our scientific director, who, during her time in the Swiss Science Council (2016-2023), contributed to projects that may lead to innovations in medical research and to changes in the political system.

Well known for outstanding basic research and its superior system for the funding and promotion of science, Switzerland emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary collaborations when tackling pressing global issues.

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Congratulations to Prof. Elisa Oricchio, winner of the 2024 Pezcoller Foundation-EACR Award. This recognition honors her academic excellence and her research in the field of translational cancer research.

Currently the director of ISREC@epfl, Elisa was the holder of the ISREC Foundation Chair in Translational Oncology at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne from 2014 to 2020. We are proud to have contributed to the career of this brilliant scientist.


In 2023, six AGORA members were named Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate/Web of Science!

This recognition not only means that their publications rank in the top 1% by citations for their respective field over the past decade, but is also a hallmark of analysis quality and expert judgement.

We would like to express our sincere congratulations to the following six brilliant scientists: Prof. George Coukos, Prof. Michele De Palma, Prof. Raphael Gottardo, Prof. Johanna Joyce, Prof. Olivier Michielin, and Prof. Mikaël Pittet.

We were greatly honored to welcome the president of the Executive Council of the Canton of Vaud, Christelle Luisier Brodard, to our annual conference entitled “At the Heart of Oncological Research”.

This event was a great opportunity to draw attention to the power of scientific collaborations as well as to the fundamental role played by private foundations.

On this occasion, Mrs. Luisier Brodard had the opportunity to visit the AGORA research center and to exchange views with young scientists.

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