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April 13, 2017 - SIOG member, Jean-Pierre Droz honored with 2017 B.J. Kennedy Award

Jean-Pierre Droz, MD, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Medical Oncology at Claude-Bernard Lyon 1 University, Lyon, France and SIOG member since 2000, is the recipient of the 2017 B.J. Kennedy Award for Scientific Excellence in Geriatric Oncology.

The B.J. Kennedy Award honors ASCO members who have made outstanding contributions to the research, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer in elderly patients, and in bringing an understanding of geriatric oncology to fellows and junior faculty. It is named for B.J. Kennedy, MD, one of the fathers of both medical and geriatric oncology in the United States.

Brief profile
Jean-Pierre Droz has obtained his M.D. degree in 1975 at the Paris-VI University School of Medicine, his Ph.D. at the Lyon-I Claude-Bernard University.
He was formerly Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Institut Gustave-Roussy in Villejuif and thereafter Chairman of the Department of Medical Oncology, Director of Teaching Program at the Centre Léon-Bérard in Lyon and Professor of Medical Oncology at the Claude-Bernard-Lyon1 University.

Since September 2008 he is Emeritus Professor at the Claude-Bernard-Lyon1 University, Lyon-Est School of Medicine, and Scientific Consultant at the Centre Léon-Bérard. Since January 2010 he is attending physician of medical oncology at the University Hospital in Cayenne (French Guiana) and is teaching at the French Guiana and West Indies University Medical School.

His major subjects of clinical research are: Genito-Urinary tumours, mainly Germ-Cell Tumours and Prostate Cancer, Geriatric Oncology and Endocrine Tumours medical treatment. He was the chairman of the Genito-Urinary Tumour Group (GETUG) of the French Comprehensive Cancer Centre Network (1994-1999). He is past-president of the SIOG (International Society of Geriatric Oncology).

He served as member of the Geriatric Oncology Board and president of Rare Cancer Program Task Force of the French National Cancer Institute. He has managed and/or participated to more than 80 clinical trials. He has published more than 300 manuscripts in international peer-reviewed journals. He has participated to more than thirty chapters in books and has edited a textbook on uncommon cancers and a textbook on GU cancers in elderly patients and a textbook on tropical hematology and Oncology.

Since 2009 he is involved in the organization of oncology in the French Guiana and manages patients with cancer in Cayenne University Hospital and Hospital at Saint-Laurent du Maroni. His interest concerns prostate cancer treatment, geriatric Oncology and now the management of cancers and malignant haematological diseases in the tropical area.