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On Saturday 30 May, a young UK-based worker in the field of cancer research will be awarded the prestigious Rotary Club Leonardo da Vinci Prize, worth £10,000, at an international event to be held at London’s Goldsmiths’ Hall, hosted by the Rotary Club of London (

This year’s winner is John Saunders, Clinical Research Fellow in the Division of Cancer & Stem Cells at University of Nottingham. The prize has been awarded for demonstrating outstanding promise working in the translational field - that is applying findings from basic science to enhance human health and well-being.

Clive Amos, President of the Rotary Club of London, says, ‘Each year we join with nine other Rotary Clubs from across Europe for a weekend meeting, in what is known as the Leonardo da Vinci group. This year it’s London's turn to host the event announcing the annual Prize we offer.’

The Group offers its prize to a young person working in one of the many disciplines that Leonardo da Vinci exemplified. The host club chooses the discipline and holds an internal competition to select the best candidate. The prize money is contributed by all clubs in the Group and the winner presents his or her work at a weekend meeting.

Last year the meeting was in Brussels, and the prize went to Historian, Monique Weis . The first winner in London in 1987 was Evelyn Glennie the deaf percussionist. Other past winners have included a film Animator and a Silver Designer, denoting the wide variety of disciplines honoured.

This year the emphasis was on medicine and a number of researchers in the vital field of cancer research were assessed by the panel of expert judges, assembled by the Royal Society of Medicine.

About the Rotary Club of London

The Rotary Club of London is a leading member in the network of 33,000 Clubs representing more than 1.2m Rotarians all over the world. London is the premier Rotary Club in Britain, being the first to have been chartered outside North America.

The London Club combines experience with youthful enterprise. Our membership includes politicians from all major parties, numerous High Commissioners, religious leaders from various faiths, and leading figures from the arts, industry, commerce and the professions.

Because of its international membership and frequent visits by Rotarians from all over the world, the London Club has a particular focus on international charity projects and on promoting international dialogue and understanding.

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