Two Ontario scientists honoured with prestigious awards
TORONTO, May 24, 2013 /CNW/ - Each year, the Canadian Cancer Society
honours exceptional Canadian scientists who have made a significant
contribution to progress in cancer research. This year, two recipients
of the four national Awards for Excellence in Cancer Research are based
Dr Steven Narod, Senior Scientist, Women's College Research Institute,
is the recipient of the O. Harold Warwick Prize, which is given to a
scientist whose research has had a major impact on cancer control in
Dr Aaron Schimmer, Senior Scientist, Ontario Cancer Institute, is the
recipient of the Bernard and Francine Dorval Prize, which is given to a
promising investigator who began their independent research within the
previous 10 years and who has made outstanding contributions to basic
"We're proud to honour these outstanding scientists for their
achievements — one a world leader in breast cancer research and one
with impressive momentum in cancer research," says Martin Kabat, CEO,
Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division. "We couldn't support such
remarkable researchers without the generous support of our donors and
Dr Narod is a world leader in the field of breast and ovarian cancer
genetics. He was the first to show that BRCA breast cancer genes also
increase the risk of ovarian cancer. This discovery opened the door to
a new way of thinking about cancer and new strategies for the
prevention and treatment of these cancers in high-risk women.
Dr Narod's award was presented to him by Victoria Warwick, a cancer
survivor and daughter of the late Dr O. Harold Warwick, a pioneering
researcher in cancer control and treatment, who became the first
executive director of both the former National Cancer Institute of
Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society.
"I was an oncology social worker for years and my husband practices
medical oncology. These factors, in addition to having had cancer
myself, have made me realize on a daily basis how important the drive
in cancer research is," said Warwick.
Dr Aaron Schimmer's research focuses on drug discovery for leukemia
patients. Using automated and robotic equipment, he is developing new
tools that could advance our understanding of biological
vulnerabilities in leukemia cells. He has already advanced three drugs
from his lab into clinical trials for patients with leukemia and
related blood disorders and his work in novel therapeutics has resulted
in over 20 patents and patent applications.
Dr Schimmer's award was presented by Bernard and Francine Dorval, who
have made a significant philanthropic investment in the Canadian Cancer
Society's research program. In recognition of their gift, the Society
announced today that it will rename the Canadian Cancer Society Young
Investigator Award to the Bernard and Francine Dorval Prize.
Now retired, Bernard Dorval is the former Deputy Chair, TD Canada Trust.
He was one of three Co-Chairs for the 2006 Canadian Cancer Society
Daffodil Ball in Montreal, which raised more than $2 million.
About the Awards for Excellence in Cancer Research
To learn more about the national Awards and other recipients across
Canada, visit Canadian Cancer Society National Research Awards
About the Canadian Cancer Society
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Image with caption: "Dr Steven Narod, recipient of the Canadian Cancer Society's O. Harold Warwick Prize. (CNW Group/Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130524_C9598_PHOTO_EN_27019.jpg
Image with caption: "Dr Aaron Schimmer, recipient of the Canadian Cancer Society's Bernard and Francine Dorval Prize. (CNW Group/Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130524_C9598_PHOTO_EN_27018.jpg
SOURCE: Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division)
For further information:
Public Affairs, Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division