TORONTO, Feb. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - Ovarian Cancer Canada has named Vancouver
researcher Dr. David Huntsman as inaugural recipient of its Karen
Campbell National Award for Research Excellence. The award recognizes
excellence in research that has had a significant impact on the
understanding, future research and treatment of ovarian cancer. It will
be presented at the charity's LOVE HER event on February 23, 2012 at
the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto and celebrated at LOVE HER in
Vancouver on February 29, 2012 at the BIRKS Flagship store.
"Ovarian Cancer Canada is delighted to acknowledge Dr. Huntsman's
tremendous contributions to ovarian cancer research through this
award," says Karen CinqMars, the charity's vice president, marketing
and business innovation.
Dr. Huntsman leads a research team that discovered ovarian cancer is not
one disease but is actually made up of five subtypes that behave like
distinct diseases. His work has provided a roadmap for clinicians and
researchers studying ovarian cancer - Canada's most fatal gynecologic
cancer. It has shed light on practices that could help prevent the
disease, and change the way in which it is diagnosed and treated.
"This award is a huge honour for me and for the OvCaRe team," says Dr.
Huntsman, director of the Ovarian Cancer Research Program operated
jointly by the BC Cancer Agency (BCCA) and Vancouver General Hospital
(VGH). "It will encourage us to push harder in our drive to develop the
cancer prevention and treatment strategies to beat this disease." A
professor in the departments of pathology and laboratory medicine and
obstetrics and gynecology at the University of British Columbia, Dr.
Huntsman is also a staff pathologist at BCCA and a consulting
pathologist at VGH.
The award is named in honour of the late Karen Campbell of Toronto, who
died of ovarian cancer at the age of 57 in 2010. Four of Karen's
friends worked with Ovarian Cancer Canada to raise awareness of ovarian
cancer and funds to support the work of the charity through the LOVE
HER event and fashion show. To further honour Campbell's memory and all
women who have lost their battles with ovarian cancer, and to bring
recognition to outstanding work by Canadian researchers, Ovarian Cancer
Canada launched the Karen Campbell National Award for Research
Canadian born and internationally acclaimed artists Joseph Landry and
Brian Gazeley have created and donated a unique sculpture that embodies
the spirit of the award. It will be unveiled at LOVE HER in Toronto on
February 23 with the sculptors and Dr. Huntsman present.
"When we heard of the opportunity to design a specially-made sculpture
for Ovarian Cancer Canada's Karen Campbell National Award for Research
Excellence at LOVE HER, we knew we had to be involved," says Landry.
"We have created a very special piece to represent the diligent and
poignant work of the winner and honour this individual with a beautiful
work of art."
Landry and Gazeley's body of work includes commissions to celebrate the
100th birthday of Rose Kennedy and the 99th birthday of the Queen Mother. Their Resurrected Christ at St. Peter's
Church in New York City was created from reconstituted remains of the
World Trade Centre.
"We are honoured to partner with the brilliant sculptors Joseph Landry
and Brian Gazeley to make this prestigious, national research award a
reality," says CinqMars.
The LOVE HER event includes comedienne Jessica Holmes as Master of
Ceremonies, a fashion show featuring fashion label Judith & Charles and
will display the latest trends in footwear by Stuart Weitzman. Guests
will enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres while bidding on unique prizes in
live and silent auctions. The Landry Gazeley Foundation has also
generously donated a unique opportunity to be sculpted or have a love
one immortalized. Entertainment at LOVE HER will feature jazz vocalist
Shannon Butcher in Toronto and DJ Leanne in Vancouver. For more
information, visit love-her.ca.
Ovarian Cancer Canada is the only national charitable organization dedicated to overcoming
ovarian cancer. Founded in 1997, Ovarian Cancer Canada supports women
and families living with the disease; raises awareness of ovarian
cancer among the public and health professionals; and funds research
into early detection, improved treatments, and ultimately, a cure. For
more information, visit ovariancanada.org.
Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OvCaRe) is a multidisciplinary research program involving clinicians and
research scientists in gynaecology, pathology, and medical oncology at
VGH and BC Cancer Agency. OvCaRe is a unique collaboration between the
BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and the
University of British Columbia. The OvCaRe team is considered a leader
in ovarian cancer research, breaking new ground in better identifying,
understanding, and treating this disease. Their seminal paper in PLOS (Public Library of Science), which outlines the discovery that ovarian cancers are a group of
distinct diseases, has been embraced by the global research community
who are taking the BC approach to ovarian cancer research.
Image with caption: "Dr. David Huntsman (CNW Group/Ovarian Cancer Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120215_C4297_PHOTO_EN_10101.jpg
SOURCE Ovarian Cancer Canada
For further information:
Ovarian Cancer Canada:
1 877 413-7970, ext. 284
604 875-4111, ext. 61777