The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) honored Lewis C. Cantley, PhD, with the 9th Annual Princess Takamatsu Memorial Lectureship at the AACR Annual Meeting 2015.
Dr. Cantley is the Meyer Director of the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center, the Margaret and Herman Sokol Professor in Oncology Research, and Professor of Cancer Biology in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr. Cantley was recognized for his seminal contributions to the field of growth factor and oncogene signaling. He discovered the phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) enzyme, and his subsequent work delineated the PI3K signaling pathway. His research revealed this pathway is commonly activated in cancer and has paved the way for the development of therapeutics aimed at inhibiting PI3K signaling. ■