CCS honours researchers for groundbreaking achievements and visionary leadership in cancer research

CCS Honors Researchers
Each year, CCS recognizes prominent Canadian researchers for their bold leadership and trailblazing contributions to cancer research through the CCS Awards for Excellence. Earlier this month, the seven winners of the 2020 awards were announced.

Until this year, CCS had four Awards for Excellence for researchers excelling in basic biomedical and cancer control research. This year saw the addition of two new awards – the Lifetime Contribution Prize and the Inclusive Excellence Prize.

The revamped awards program gives CCS an opportunity to honour extraordinary Canadian researchers in a new way.

“This year’s recipients are driving progress not only through their cutting-edge research, but also through their advocacy and collaborative efforts,” says Dr Stuart Edmonds, Executive Vice-President, Mission, Research & Advocacy at CCS.

The following researchers were honoured:

  • Lifetime Contribution Prize: Dr Joseph Pater was honoured for his decades-long contributions to improving cancer clinical trials in Canada.  

  • Inclusive Excellence Prize: Drs Nadine Caron and Juliet Daniel were both recognized for their respective contributions. Dr Caron, a surgeon and researcher of First Nations descent, advocates for Canadian Indigenous peoples’ rights in cancer research and care. Dr Daniel, a cancer researcher and co-founder of the Canadian Black Scientists Network, mentors underrepresented youth in science and raises awareness about breast cancer among young Black women. 

  • William E. Rawls Prize: Dr Yvonne Bombard’s work and advocacy has made genetic testing safer and more beneficial for people with cancer.

  • O. Harold Warwick Prize: Dr Geoffrey Fong has strengthened tobacco control policies around the world.

  • Robert L. Noble Prize: Dr Nada Jabado has fundamentally changed our understanding of childhood brain tumours and how to treat them. 

  • Bernard and Francine Dorval Prize: Dr Claudia Kleinman has identified when and where different childhood brain tumours arise.

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