Dr. Jeremy Squire, a senior scientist at Princess Margaret’s research arm, the Ontario Cancer Institute, was awarded one of 16 grants to innovative Canadian researchers from The Prostate Cancer Research Foundation of Canada. Dr. Squire is investigating a gene-fusion protein that is specific to prostate cancer, and could yield a new, highly accurate diagnostic marker of the disease in as little as 12 months of study.

Dr. Tak Mak, Director of the Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute and Director of the Advanced Medical Discovery Institute has been elected as a full honorary member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences for his work in the fields of cellular and developmental biology, microbiology, and immunology.

Drs. Ernest McCulloch, James Till, and Tak Mak were honoured by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Ontario Cancer Research Network as three of the four top Canadian scientists for the contributions to cancer research. Drs. Till and McCulloch were also inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and received honorary doctor of science degrees from the University of Toronto.

Dr. John Dick, senior scientist, Division of Cellular and Molecular Biology and current Canada Research Chair in Stem Cell Biology, University of Health Network, was awarded the William Dameshek Prize from the American Society of Hematology. This honour is given to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to hematology.

Dr. John (Jack) Cunningham, senior scientist, 1958-1989, and medical physicist, was named Officer of the Order of Canada, recognizing a lifetime of achievement. Dr. Cunningham developed innovative concepts and methods for radiation does calculations used to treat cancer patients around the world.

Dr. Gary Rodin, Head of the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at PMH was awarded the Harold and Shirley Lederman Chair in Palliative Care, Psychosocial Oncology.

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