February 2022


Milan, 11th February, 2022 – On the occasion of the International Day of Women in Science, Fondazione Gianni Bonadonna, with Prada Group as Supporting Partner, and Fondazione AIRC presented the two young researchers, winners of the first Call for Fellowship in memory of the father of Italian medical oncology, Gianni Bonadonna: Gaia Giannone and Stefania Morganti.
Gaia Giannone, coming from the Istituto di Candiolo - Fondazione del Piemonte per l’Oncologia - IRCCS, will work on ovarian cancer at the Imperial College in London. Her project will focus on high-grade serous ovarian carcinoma, the most frequent and aggressive cancer of this kind. The aim is to identify mutations that occur during tumor progression and the development of resistance, in order to offer more precise therapies to patients at each stage of the disease.
Stefania Morganti will move from the Istituto Europeo di Oncologia in Milan to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, for a research on HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer. The aim of her research project is to deepen the studies on minimal residual disease as a possible indicator of long-term response to therapy. More adequate treatment strategies based on specific characteristics of the tumors may emerge in this way, for the benefit of patients.
Both research projects will contribute to the advancement of knowledge on ovarian and breast cancer and to an improvement in patients' treatments and quality of life. Thus, one of the most ambitious aims of this partnership is now realized: to train a new generation of clinician scientists, which will be able to combine the expertise and knowledge of basic research with a solid clinical preparation, to be made available to cancer patients.

Fondazione Gianni Bonadonna and Fondazione AIRC announced the second edition of the Call for the "Gianni Bonadonna" Fellowship 2022. Details will be published in the upcoming months on the institutional websites of Fondazione Gianni Bonadonna and Fondazione AIRC.

Education and culture are essential tools that help us not only to understand ourselves and the world we live in but also push us to explore what we do not know. I am happy that Prada can support a new generation of excellent researchers in their study and education path alongside the Gianni Bonadonna Foundation”, declares Miuccia Prada.

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Fellowship Fondazione Gianni Bonadonna and AIRC: the winners

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