Hans Clevers has been awarded the William Beaumont Prize in Gastroenterology by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA). Hans Clevers is director of the Hubrecht Institute KNAW. On 1 June 2012 he will succeed Robbert Dijkgraaf as President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
The work of Hans Clevers is described as extending beyond high impact and has led to paradigm shifts in intestinal epithelial biology, stem cell biology, regenerative medicine and colon cancer genetics. He is a very collegial and ethical individual who has earned the respect of his co-workers and peers throughout the world. He will share the 2012 award with Richard S. Blumberg of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston.
'AGA recognition award recipients are individuals who have been nominated by their peers for achieving the highest level of esteem and confidence from their colleagues. These individuals are the leaders of our field and have made truly remarkable contributions to the AGA and society,' said C. Richard Boland, MD, AGAF, president of the AGA Institute. 'AGA is comprised of many distinguished and talented individuals who help make AGA an accomplished organization by their tremendous contributions to the field of gastroenterology.'
The William Beaumont Prize in Gastroenterology recognizes a member’s major contribution that has significantly advanced gastroenterological basic or clinical research.