CCS honours Canada’s best cancer researchers

14 November 2018

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This year, six Canadian cancer researchers received the Canadian Cancer Society’s (CCS) most prestigious awards: the Awards for Excellence in Cancer Research.

These awards promote and recognize outstanding achievements and progress in Canadian cancer research. The 2018 award recipients are changing the ways we prevent, diagnose, treat and live with cancer.

The following award winners were honoured at a ceremony in Toronto. Ps visit our website to learn more about their careers and research:

  • Dr Paul Boutros, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
  • Dr J. Gregory Cairncross, University of Calgary
  • Dr Kerry Courneya, University of Alberta
  • Dr Pamela Ohashi, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
  • Dr Rodger Tiedemann, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
  • Dr Gelareh Zadeh, Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network

With 1 in 2 Canadians expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, the research advancements made by these dedicated scientists have benefitted, and will continue to benefit, millions of people. From Dr Boutros' research uncovering new genetic signatures to improve cancer diagnosis, prognosis and guide the creation of personalized therapies, to Dr Courneya's work using exercise to help patients prepare for treatments, cope with symptoms and side effects, recover after treatments and live longer, these researchers are pioneers in their field and are impacting the lives of Canadians today.

“Generous donors across the country make it possible to fund research projects like the ones led by these award recipients,” says Dr Judy Bray, Vice President of Research at the Canadian Cancer Society. “We believe these researchers will continue to accelerate progress against cancer, helping Canadians to live longer, fuller and healthier lives.”

You can help us continue to fund important research by Canada’s best and brightest researchers by purchasing a Gift of Discovery through our Gifts for the Cure program.