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Awards for Excellence

The Canadian Cancer Society Awards for Excellence in cancer research recognize individuals who have made, and are making, valuable contributions to cancer research and cancer control in Canada. Recipients are leaders in their fields who exemplify excellence in science and outstanding service to the scientific community. 

Canadian Cancer Society Robert L. Noble Prize

The Robert L. Noble Prize is given for outstanding achievements in basic biomedical cancer research. It honours Dr Noble, an esteemed Canadian investigator whose research in the 1950s led to the discovery of vinblastine, a widely used anticancer drug. At the time, vinblastine was one of the most effective treatments available for Hodgkin lymphoma. 

The recipient of this award will be an investigator permanently residing in Canada whose contributions have led to significant accomplishments in a body of work in basic biomedical cancer research and who is, normally, still engaged in the conduct of cancer research. 

The award comes with a $20,000 contribution to the recipient’s research program.

Canadian Cancer Society O. Harold Warwick Prize

The O. Harold Warwick Prize is given for outstanding achievements in cancer control research. It honours Dr Warwick, a pioneering researcher in cancer control and treatment, and the first executive director of the former National Cancer Institute of Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society.

The recipient of this award will be an investigator permanently residing in Canada whose contributions have led to significant advances in cancer control and who is, normally, still engaged in the conduct of cancer research. 

For the purposes of this award, cancer control is meant to include clinical, epidemiological, behavioural, psychosocial, population-based or similarly applied research, and does not include research in the basic biomedical sciences.

The award comes with a $20,000 contribution to the recipient’s research program.

Canadian Cancer Society William E. Rawls Prize

The William E. Rawls Prize is given to an early career investigator whose outstanding contributions have the potential to lead to, or have already led to important advances in cancer control. It honours Dr Rawls, past president of the former National Cancer Institute of Canada. His research focused on viruses, particularly those involved in chronic diseases and cervical cancer.

The recipient of this award will be an investigator permanently residing in Canada who began their independent research career within the previous 10 years (i.e. after December 31, 2006). Unless the nominator makes a case for exception, the start of the independent career will be defined as the date that the candidate was first appointed as an independent scientist or faculty member. 

For the purposes of this award, cancer control is meant to include clinical, epidemiological, behavioural, psychosocial, population-based or similarly applied research, and does not include research in the basic biomedical sciences.

The award comes with a $20,000 contribution to the recipient’s research program.

Canadian Cancer Society Bernard and Francine Dorval Prize

The Bernard and Francine Dorval Prize is given to an early career investigator whose outstanding contributions to basic biomedical research have the potential to lead, or have already led to improved understanding of cancer treatments and/or cures. It honours Bernard and Francine Dorval, whose longstanding support of the Society has helped to raise more than two million dollars in support of Society-funded research, policy work and programs. 

The recipient of this award will be an investigator permanently residing in Canada who began their independent research career within the previous 10 years (i.e. after December 31, 2006). Unless the nominator makes a case for exception, the start of the independent career will be defined as the date that the candidate was first appointed as an independent scientist or faculty member.  

The award comes with a $20,000 contribution to the recipient’s research program.

See previous recipients of the Awards for Excellence in cancer research

Last modified on: December 7, 2016