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
"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:
Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division