2010

Dr. Cheryl Arrowsmith
Jeanne Manery Fisher Memorial Lectureship (Canadian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology)
This award honours Canadian women scientists who have had distinguished careers in the fields of either biochemistry, molecular or cellular biology. Dr. Arrowsmith’s lab is focused on the structure-function relationships of proteins involved in the control of gene expression, the cell cycle and apoptosis (cell death).

Dr. Bernard Cummings
Honorary Life Member of the Association of Radiation Oncologists of India
Dr. Bernard Cummings was inducted as an Honorary Life Member of the Association of Radiation Oncologists of India for outstanding contributions to the field of Radiation Oncology. Dr. Cummings is a Radiation Oncologist at The Princess Margaret, specializing in anal and rectal cancers, Upper Gastrointestinal System cancers and head and neck cancers.

Dr. Ralph DeCosta
CCO Research Chair for Cancer Imaging
Ralph DaCosta PhD was awarded a CCO Research Chair for imaging physics and STTARR for cancer imaging. He will develop a comprehensive research program that will explore ways to apply advanced imaging technologies to detecting and treating disease.

Dr. John Dick
E. Donnall Thomas Lecture and Prize (American Society of Hematology)
Dr. John Dick, Scientist at The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute located at The Princess Margaret, was awarded the E. Donnall Thomas Lecture and Prize from the American Society of Hematology. He was specifically recognized for his pioneering research achievements in the field of haematology, and for leading the team that identified leukemia stem cells.

Dr. Patrick J. Gullane
Order of Canada
Dr. Gullane’s passion for excellence and teaching have not only benefited Princess Margaret Hospital, but made a significant impact worldwide by training surgeons with the most advanced surgical techniques in the field.

Dr. Richard Hill
The Failla Lectureship (Radiation Research Society)
Dr Hill’s research program focuses on laboratory and translational research studies in tumour and normal tissue radiobiology, metastasis, cancer stem cells and aspects of the tumour microenvironment, notably tumour hypoxia.

Dr. Mitsu Ikura
Robert L. Noble Prize
Dr. Mitsu Ikura has been awarded the Robert L. Noble Prize to honour his outstanding achievements in cancer research. Dr. Ikura is an internationally recognized authority in the field of structural biology and has laid the groundwork for understanding signalling proteins such as cadherins and catenins and molecular signalling processes involved in human diseases such as cancer. His studies also provide excellent platforms for developing new drugs designed to interfere with the functioning of cancer cells.

Dr. Normand Laperriere
Honorary Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiology
Dr. Laperriere was inducted as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiology at the 2009 Annual Meeting in Brisbane. Dr. Laperriere is Associate Director of The Gerry & Nancy Pencer Brain Tumor Centre at The Princess Margaret, and he has become one of the pre-eminent radiation oncologists in the country, and an expert in the treatment of patients living with brain tumours.

Dr. Geoffrey Liu
CCO Research Chair for Experimental Therapeutics and Population Studies
Dr. Geoffrey Liu, Medical Oncology, was awarded a CCO Research Chair for experimental therapeutics and population studies. He will examine how variations in patients' genetic makeup influence their response to cancer treatment.

Dr. Senthil Musathwamy
Young Investigator Award (Canadian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology)
Dr. Muthuswamy's laboratory explores alternative strategies for the treatment of breast cancer. His research is focused on preventing the growth of pre-cancerous lesions before they become malignant tumours.

Dr. Ben Neel
Premier’s Summit Award in Medical Research
Dr. Benjamin Neel, Research Director at The Princess Margaret, received one of two prestigious Premier’s Summit Awards in medical research. Dr. Neel was recognized for his significant contributions to the field of cell signalling in several human diseases, including those associated with cancer. Over the next five years, the Province of Ontario will provide Dr. Neel with $2.5 million to support expanding a research program that determines the detailed pathophysiology associated with several types of childhood and adult leukemias.

Dr. Vera Peters
Inductee to Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
Dr. Peters pursued scientific truth with respect to treating early-stage cancer of the breast, and proved that breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy) followed by radiation is as effective as radical mastectomy. Her findings in both Hodgkin’s disease and breast cancer, although initially met with skepticism, became common practice throughout Canada and the world.

Dr. Lillian Siu
CCO Research Chair for Experimental Therapeutics
Dr. Lillian Siu, Medical Oncologist, was awarded a CCO Research Chair for experimental therapeutics. Her research focus is the study of new anti-cancer drugs, especially in the first stage of clinical testing and in patients with head and neck cancer.

Dr. Brian Wilson
Robert L. Noble Prize (Canadian Cancer Society)
Dr. Wilson heads the division of biophysics and bio-imaging at The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute, and is professor of medical biophysics in the University of Toronto’s faculty of medicine. He is internationally recognized for his pioneering research into various optic tools that can be used for minimally-invasive cancer treatment and early diagnosis. In 1981, he started a program in translational research and collaborative clinical trials of photodynamic therapy (the use of light-activated drugs) for brain, prostate and gastrointestinal cancers.

Dr. Camilla Zimmerman
The William E. Rawls Prize
Dr. Camilla Zimmermann has been awarded The William E. Rawls Prize which is given to a young investigator whose work has led to important advances in cancer control within the past decade. Dr. Zimmermann has already become an internationally recognized expert in palliative care. She has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, including an important systematic review of the effectiveness of palliative care. In her landmark paper, she has stimulated critical evaluation of the field and a rethinking of the methodology of clinical trials in palliative care.



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