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Sheffield academic given top award


A Sheffield academic has been awarded a top international honour for his work in the field of Academic Urology.
Jim Catto received the European Association of Urology's Crystal Matula Award for his innovative work in the fields of epigenetic gene regulation and bladder cancer.
The award is given to the most promising urologist in Europe under 40 and is the highest prize of the Association.
The winner of the award is selected by the European Association board after each EU member state selects its candidate.
Jim, who won the award for his dedication in the field, is the current head of the Academic Urology Unit at the University of Sheffield, and is a member of various university committees and clinical bodies.
He was also recently elected as member of the Executive Committee of the British Association of Urological Surgeons, Section of Academic Urology.
The award was presented to Jim during the Leading Lights in Urology Meeting held between May 13 and 15, 2010, in Lago Maggiore, Italy.
The award also includes an honorarium of £8,300 (10,000 euros) to stimulate research work and encourage future potential leaders in academic European urology.
Jim said: "I am honoured by this award. It is recognition of the hard work and excellence in Sheffield. I thank Professors Mark Meuth and Freddie Hamdy for their encouragement, the patients who participated in our studies and my family for their support."
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