Drs. Pamela Catton, John Dick and Igor Jurisica headed up three of five research teams awarded federal grants by the Canada Foundation for Innovation. The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is an independent corporation created by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure. The CFI's mandate is to strengthen the capacity of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and non-profit research institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development that benefits Canadians.

Drs. Amit Oza, Malcolm Moore and Lillian Siu successfully renewed the Phase II Drug Development program. This program was one of nine successful applications across North America—and the only Canadian network—chosen by the U.S. National Cancer Institute to develop new anti-cancer agents.

Dr. Patrick Gullen, Otolaryngologist-in-Chief, was the recipient of the Medtronic Alumni Award for Health Care and Medical Science from Galway University, Ireland.

Dr. Michael Jewett, President of the Canadian Urology Association and a member of the Department of Surgical Oncology of PMH, was appointed as the inaugural Farquharson Chair in Kidney Cancer Research at Princess Margaret Hospital.

Dr. Joan Murphy
, Head, Division of Gyn Oncology, was the recipient of the J. Douglas Crashley Chair in Gynecological Cancer Research. The chair is Canada’s most comprehensive chair in gynecological cancer research.

Dr. Brian Raught, a scientist at PMH, was appointed to a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Proteomics and Molecular Medicine.

Paul Alofs, President and CEO, The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, was appointed to the UICC International Cancer Foundation Governing Board. Paul joins Dr. Mary Gospodarowicz, Medical Director, Princess Margaret Hospital, as the second Canadian representative on the Board. The UICC International Cancer Foundation (ICF) was created in 1971 to support the vision, mission, and work of the International Union Against Cancer (UICC), the only international non-governmental organization that is dedicated solely to the global control of cancer.

Dr. Lea Harrington, a senior scientist at The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute and Ontario Cancer Institute at Princess Margaret Hospital, was one of 39 chosen—out of a pool of 546 applications—as a winner of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Research Scholar awards. Dr. Harrington will receive a five-year award totaling nearly $500,000 CDN for use toward scientific research, education and shared departmental equipment.

Dr. David Jaffray, Head of Radiation Physics, was voted by readers of the journal Medical Imaging as one of the top 10 radiation oncology/cancer researchers in the field. He is the only non-MD on the list.

Dr. Robert Sutherland, Division of Hematolgy/Oncology at the Ontario Cancer Institute was the recipient of the Wallace H. Coulter Award from the Clinical Cytometry Society. The award recognizes lifetime contributions to the science, education and practice of clinical cytometry.

Dr. David Wiljer, PMH Research Information Manager, and colleagues Dr. Mark Minden, Sima Bogomilsky, Janice Stewart, Cindy Murray, Lydia Lee and Dr. Pamela Catton received the Innovation Award in the category “Improving Efficiency Through Process Redesign” at Celebrating Innovations in Health Care Expo, designed to profile the diversity of innovation that is improving Ontario’s health care system, organized by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Dr. Pamela Ohashi, of The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute, has received a $705,000 grant from the Canadian Cancer Society, to continue her research into T-cells, which have the potential to kill cancer cells. Dr. Ohashi was also elected to the Royal Society of Canada Academy of Sciences in the Division of Life Sciences for her international leadership in the field of immunology.

Dr. Frances Shepherd, Leader, Lung Cancer Site Group at PMH received the 2006 O. Harold Warwick Prize for Cancer Research from the National Cancer Institute of Canada.

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