Each year, the Fred W. Stewart Award of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center pays tribute to a pathologist who has made exceptional contributions to help advance in the knowledge of human cancer.
The award highlights the clinical importance of these contributions, especially for patient diagnosis and care. It reflects the traditions and values contributed to the Pathology Department by Fred W. Stewart, firstly as an associate of James Ewing, and later as President of the Department, over a period exceeding thirty years.
On 22 October 2021, Elías Campo, head of the Molecular Pathology of Lymphoid Neoplasms group and director of IDIBAPS, received the award within the framework of the forty-fifth annual meeting of former students of the Pathology Society, which was held online. As award winner, he delivered the lecture “Lymphoid neoplasms, From Microscope to (Epi)Genomes and Back”.
The research led by Campo focuses on the characterisation of the pathology of lymphoid neoplasms and the knowledge of the molecular and genetic mechanisms responsible for the appearance and progression of these tumors. The main objective is to transfer to clinical practice knowledge that can improve diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment for these patients.
The author of over 600 scientific articles and codirector of the Spanish ICGC-CLL genome project, Campo has received numerous awards and distinctions, such as the National Award for Research 2013 and the Rei Jaume I 2016 Prize for Medical Research. In 2018, he was elected member of the National Medicine Academy of the United States and in 2020 was recognised with the Gregorio Marañón National Research Award in the area of Medicine which is awarded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation.