Dr. Tak Mak, Director of The Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research, and Dr. John Dick, Senior Scientist at Princess Margaret Hospital, were awarded the first ever Premier’s Summit Awards in Medical Research. Of fourteen applicants in its inaugural year, four were selected for their contributions to their field, the research community, and their promise for even more world-leading work in the future. The Premier’s Summit Award in Medical Research recognizes the extraordinary research being undertaken by individuals in Ontario by providing support in the form of $5 million over a five-year period, derived from a $2.5 million contribution from the Award program matched by $2.5 million from the sponsoring institution. Recipients must be internationally recognized leaders in medical research, whose work is transforming their field.

Dr. David Jaffray was presented with the 2007 Inventor of the Year award by the UHN Technology Development & Commercialization Office for his creativity in bringing cutting-edge physics and engineering to the practice of imaging in the clinic. The honour recognizes the UHN inventor or team that has made the greatest contribution to the advancement of human health by means of a patentable invention.

Dr. Richard Hill was awarded one of Canada's top cancer research awards, the National Cancer Institute of Canada's 2007 Robert L. Noble Prize, sponsored by the Canadian Cancer Society, and recognizing outstanding achievements in cancer research. Dr. Hill is a Senior Scientist in the Division of Applied Molecular Oncology at OCI and a Professor in the Departments of Medical Biophysics and Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto. His research program focuses on laboratory and translational research studies in tumour and normal tissue radiobiology, metastasis and aspects of the tumour microenvironment, notably tumour hypoxia.

PMH medical oncologist, Dr. Hans Messner, received the Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Messner is a pioneer of allogenic bone marrow and stem cell transplantation in Canada. At PMH, Dr. Messner is Medical Director of the Philip S. Orsino Cell Therapy Facility. Dr. Messner was instrumental in establishing the Canadian Blood Marrow Transplant Group. He is currently vice-chair of a Canadian Standards Association technical committee on cell tissue, organ transplantation and reproduction.

Drs. John Dick and Pamela Catton were awarded new funding under the Ontario Research Fund’s Research Infrastructure program. Dr. Catton is the Medical Director of the Breast Cancer Survivorship Program. She will receive $1.2 million of funding for the Electronic Living Laboratory for International Cancer Survivorship Research. Dr. Dick is a Senior Scientist at PMH and a Professor in the department of molecular genetics at the University of Toronto. His award will help further his research into cancer stem cells.

Dr. David Jaffray, Head of Radiation Physics, was ranked among the Top 10 radiation oncologists/cancer researchers for the second consecutive year. The Medical Imaging Industry Top 10 honours professionals and facilities in several categories, with over 600 readers voting to give recognition to their colleagues.

Drs. Tak Mak, Director, and Mary Saunders, Scientific Editor, The Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research, won an Honourable Mention for their book The Immune Response: Basic and Clinical Principles. The award was presented by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP), and is given yearly in 30 categories covering a range of academic disciplines.

Dr. Pamela Catton, Medical Director of the Breast Cancer Survivorship Program at Princess Margaret Hospital, was awarded the inaugural PMH Butterfield/Drew Chair in Breast Cancer Survivorship.

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