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Dr. Frederick W. Alt, Ph.D., Scientific Director of the Immune Disease Institute and Senior Investigator at the Institute, has been named the recipient of the 11th Alfred G. Knudson Award for Excellence in Cancer Genetics from the National Cancer Institute. The Knudson award is named for Dr. Alfred Knudson, who revolutionized the understanding of the genetic basis for cancer, and recognizes a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to the field of Cancer Genetics. Dr. Alt will receive the Award and present the Award lecture on January 9, 2007 at the NCI Combined Intramural Program Investigator Retreat. In addition to his appointments at the Immune Disease Institute, Dr. Alt is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator at Children's Hospital, Boston, and the Charles A. Janeway Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Alt is a member of the National Academy of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His previous awards include the G. H. A. Clowes Memorial Award of the American Association of Cancer Research, the Pasarow Foundation Prize for Extraordinary Achievement in Cancer Research, the de Villiers International Achievement Award of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Rabbi Shai Schacknai Memorial Prize in Immunology and Cancer Research from the Hebrew University, the Irvington Institute Immunology Leadership Award, and the Excellence in Mentoring Award from the American Association of Immunologists.

Past recipients of the Knudson Award for Excellence in Cancer Genetics Research are: Alfred Knudson, Robert Weinberg, Bert Vogelstein, J. Michael Bishop, Arnold Levine, Harold Varmus, Thea Tlsty, Leland Hartwell, H. Robert Horvitz, and Elizabeth H. Blackburn.