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Dr Simon Boulton receives the 2008 Eppendorf Young European Investigator Award

Eppendorf UK : 26 November, 2008  (Company News)
The 2008 Eppendorf Young European Investigator Award has been won by Dr Simon Boulton of the London Research Institute (Clare Hall Laboratories, South Mimms, Hertfordshire, UK) for his research into DNA damage.
Now in its 14th year of running the Award honours outstanding work in biomedical research for those 35 years of age and under.

Dr Simon Boulton won the prize for his groundbreaking research into SPAR1, a newly discovered helicase. Dr Boulton’s findings indicate SPAR1 plays a paramount role in the repair of double-stranded DNA breaks through homologous recombination (HRC). It was discovered that mice with deactivated SPAR1 died of dramatic genome instability after 11 days thus indicating deregulation of HRC, due to missing SPAR1, to be the cause. Such mechanisms play an important role in the development of certain tumours and, based on a detailed insight into this SPAR1 function, therapeutic approaches to combat specific tumours have already been developed. A prospective therapeutic drug is already being clinically tested.

The presentation of the award took place on November 20, 2008 during a gala dinner in Dusseldorf, Germany. The event was attended by guests from the scientific community with keynote speakers being Dr Michael Schroeder, Eppendorf Board Member, and professor Kai Simons, director of the Max-Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany.
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