Filipino-Swiss professor Kerstin Vokinger wins science prize for cancer drugs study

Kerstin Vokinger cancer drugs study
A Filipino-Swiss professor with Cagayan De Oro roots wins the prestigious Swiss Science Prize Latsis for her research to make cancer medicine accessible. Photo from SNSF.

Filipino-Swiss professor Kerstin Noëlle Vokinger has won the prestigious Swiss Science Prize Latsis for her work to make cancer treatments more accessible.

Vokinger’s research examines the fairness of cost for cancer medicines, “personalized medicine, and the regulation of innovative technologies” which could help improve access to drugs and new treatments.

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The assistant professor of public law and digitalization at the University of Zurich bagged a science prize from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) for her research activities in the fields of law, medicine, and technology.

The Swiss Science Prize Latsis was presented to Vokinger at a joint award ceremony with the Swiss Science Prize Marcel Benoist, won by Ursula Keller, in Bern Town Hall in Switzerland in November 2022.

“The prize is an unexpected and great honour for me and my research team. I am very grateful to the Latsis Foundation and the SNSF for this award,” Kerstin Noëlle Vokinger said.

“It motivates us in our efforts to develop solutions that improve society’s access to medicine and innovative technologies,” Vokinger adds.

Vokinger also hopes to inspire young people to pursue careers in science.

“I hope that this prize inspires young people and shows them that a career in science is possible,” Vokinger said.

The Swiss Science Prize Latsis, which comes with 100,000 Swiss francs, is awarded annually to a young researcher up to the age of 40.

Vokinger traces her roots to Cagayan De Oro and holds a doctorate in both law and medicine. She studied parallel law and medicine at the University of Zurich (UZH) in Switzerland.

Vokinger completed her Ph.D. in biomedical ethics and law at the UZH before obtaining a Ph.D. in medicine from the University of Basel. She also has a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Harvard University Law School and has conducted research at Harvard Medical School.

University of the Philippines (UP) alumna Sophia Raine Hernandez’s study on malaria bagged the 2nd Prize at the Researchers’ Grand Prix in Sweden while Dr. Rodney Perez became the first Filipino to win the Young Asian Biotechnologist Prize for his study on the power of microbes.

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