The foundation

The Beug Foundation for Metastasis Research recognizes that the molecular bases of metastasis still remain elusive and thus represent an area of significant opportunity for progress.

The prizes awarded by the Foundation aim to support basic research on cancer metastasis mechanisms and promote both basic and translational research, the ultimate aim being the development of novel therapies. The focus of the prize is based on Hartmut Beug’s idea of supporting “new and original approaches to basic research on cancer metastasis, as well as new activities in the field of translational research”.

The Metastasis Prize

We are happy to introduce you to the winners of the “Metastasis Prize 2019”: Berta Sánchez-Laorden, Lisa Sevenich, and Francesco Baschieri. The prizes were symbolically handed over at the “Seed and Soil” metastasis meeting of the European Association for Cancer Research (EACR).
The junior prize winner, Francesco Baschieri, studies how cancer associated fibroblasts that migrate away from cancer cells lay down a path that is used by metastatic cells. Both senior prize winners, Berta Sánchez and Lisa Sevenich, study how cancer cells metastasize to the brain. Berta mainly studies the role of the microenvironment in the brain, such as the cells that support and isolate the neuronal cells. Lisa studies how immune cells can attack metastasis in the brain. Our financial situation allowed us to award a junior prize and two senior prizes by exception. More information on their line of research and on the selection procedure can be found on the website:


Hartmut Beug was a pioneering spirit who saw early on the value of investigating the plasticity and invasiveness of cancer cells as a necessary step towards understanding metastasis. The study of metastasis is now wide open to many technologies and talents, and its pursuit stands to provide fundamental knowledge for the treatment of cancer. Funding metastasis research offers an opportunity of contribute to medical impact of historical proportions.

Joan Massagué, PhD

Chair, Cancer Biology & Genetics Program, SKI Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA


The Beug Stiftung was created in the hope of raising awareness of the importance of cancer metastasis research and the need for additional funding. We understand that cancer touches the lives of almost everyone and realize that we are not alone in our desire to find a cure. Thanks to people like you who share our vision of a world with better treatment options for cancer patients, we promote cutting edge science to fight one of the biggest killers in modern medicine – cancer metastasis.

You can further our cause by helping us with your donation.