The Clifford Prize for Cancer Research is an International Prize awarded in recognition of outstanding cancer research leading to significant clinical outcomes. The Prize, awarded at the biennial Barossa Meeting 'Science Amongst the Vines consists of a Perpetual Trophy, an ad hominem glass sculpture and a magnum of Australia's most famous wine Penfold's 'Grange Hermitage'.
The 2015 Clifford Prize was awarded at the Seventh Barossa Meeting "Cell Signalling in Cancer Biology and Therapy" conducted in November 2015 in the Barossa Valley, South Australia. The 2015 Clifford Prize was awarded jointly to Inder Verma of the Salk Institute and Jane Visvader of WEHI. Inder spoke of the micro-environmental signals that may lead to glioblastoma progression. Jane combined genetic lineage tracing techniques with beautifully 3D-reconstructed confocal images to define the origins of pre-neoplastic breast cancer cells.
Previous awardees were Axel Ullrich (2005), Tony Hunter (2007), John Dick (2009), Vishva Dixit (2011) and Arul Chinnayian (2013) for their pioneering work in targeted cell therapies for cancer.
Nominations for the 2017 Clifford Prize for Cancer Research will open in early 2017.