Canadian Cancer Society honours leading tobacco control scientist with prestigious cancer research award

WATERLOO, ON, May 23, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Cancer Society is honouring a University of Waterloo scientist with one of its prestigious Awards for Excellence in Cancer Research.

Dr David Hammond is the recipient of the William E. Rawls Prize for the remarkable impact he has made in cancer prevention at an early stage in his career. He is recognized around the world as a leading expert in tobacco control research, particularly tobacco packaging and warning labels.

"I am honoured to receive this award," says Dr Hammond. "The Canadian Cancer Society has been an important funder of my work for the last four years and I'm grateful for the Society's support of my research and cancer prevention research in general."

Since starting his independent career in 2005, Dr Hammond has served as an advisor for tobacco control policies and guidelines around the world as well as an expert witness in legal challenges from tobacco companies in Canada, Australia and the UK.

Dr Hammond's other research interests include evaluating nutrition labelling on menus and prepackaged foods to reduce obesity and improve health. The Society has supported Dr Hammond's research with funding of more than $526,000 since 2010

"We're proud to honour Dr Hammond who has achieved so much in such an early stage in his career," says Martin Kabat, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division. "Already in his career, Dr Hammond's work has had impact on policies that will improve the health of Canadians and prevent cancer in Canada as well as internationally."

"We couldn't support such a remarkable researcher without the generous support of our donors and volunteers," says Kabat.

About the William E. Rawls Prize
The William E. Rawls Prize is given to a young investigator whose work has led to important advances in cancer control within the past decade. Dr Rawls served on numerous committees and advisory groups of the former National Cancer Institute of Canada and was elected president in 1986. His research focused on viruses, particularly those involved in chronic diseases and cervical cancer. The award comes with a $20,000 contribution to the recipient's research program. To learn more about the national Awards for Excellence, visit Canadian Cancer Society National Research Awards .

About the Canadian Cancer Society
For 75 years, the Canadian Cancer Society has been with Canadians in the fight for life. We have been relentless in our commitment to prevent cancer, fund research and support Canadians touched by cancer. From this foundation, we will work with Canadians to change cancer forever so fewer Canadians are diagnosed with the disease and more survive. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website at cancer.ca or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333 (TTY: 1-866-786-3934).

Image with caption: "Dr. David Hammond, University of Waterloo, is the recipient of the Canadian Cancer Society's William E. Rawls Prize. (CNW Group/Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140523_C9674_PHOTO_EN_40687.jpg

SOURCE: Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division)

For further information:

Media contact:
Christine Koserski
Communications Specialist
Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division
416-323-7030
ckoserski@ontario.cancer.ca


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