NWO-ENW awards first ‘Stairway to Impact’ prize to Dr. Kateřina Staňková

The new NWO Science Domain awards recognize inspirational scientists in five categories, among which societal impact. Staňková receives the €50.000 cash prize for her contributions to mathematics-based cancer therapies. 

Staňková is particularly effective at setting up the interdisciplinary collaborations needed to get her mathematical models to the clinic. These dynamic game theory models suggest that certain cancer patients can benefit from a rigorously different approach to treatment: applying smaller doses of drugs less frequently could extend their lives and improve their life quality. Although clinical trials are still ongoing, preliminary data suggests that these predictions are indeed true.
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