Geriatric oncologist Dr. Etienne Brain wins Prix Albert Ier at Monaco Biennial Cancer Congress

During the latest edition of the Monaco Biennial Cancer Congress, which took place at the Grimaldi Forum between 23rd and 26th January, the work of one doctor in particular was honoured with the esteemed Prix Albert Ier award. 

On 25th January, Monaco’s current sovereign Prince Albert II headed down to the venue in the Larvotto neighbourhood for a ceremony that celebrated the work of Dr. Etienne Brain (pictured on the right of Prince Albert) and personally bestow the Prix Albert Ier, a prestigious oncology-focused award that carries the name of his great-great grandfather, on this leading figure of geriatric oncology.  

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Over the last 25 years, Dr. Brain of the Institut Curie in Paris has become a globally recognised specialist in the treatment of older cancer patients, and he has been instrumental in developing and honing tailored care and therapeutic approaches for this often-overlooked age group. 

The acknowledgement of Dr. Brain’s work comes at a time when the representation of elderly patients in cancer research is disproportionately low, despite them constituting a significant portion of the cancer patient demographic. It has been a key mission of Dr. Brain’s distinguished career to not only shed light on this disparity but also to establish more inclusive research practices that better consider the unique needs of, and challenges faced by, older cancer patients. 

The Prix Albert Ier was established in 1921 by the National Academy of Medicine in memory of Prince Albert I of Monaco. It champions laureates whose work has contributed to advances in the diagnosis or treatment of cancer. 

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