Five of Canada’s most outstanding cancer scientists received prestigious cancer research awards in June.

They are Dr Rama Khokha, Dr James T. Rutka, Dr Michael Taylor, Dr Russell Jones and Dr Laurence Klotz.

The Canadian Cancer Society honoured these 5 remarkable researchers with Awards for Excellence for their tremendous contributions to progress in cancer research.

The awards were presented at a gala event in Toronto.

“These extraordinary scientists represent some of the best researchers in the country," says Pamela Fralick, National President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Cancer Society.

"They have played a key role in our understanding of cancer and in the advancement of cancer prevention and treatment. We applaud their significant achievements. 

“Thanks to our generous donors, we are able to support these researchers, and many others like them, in life-saving work."

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Dr Rama Khokha

Dr Rama Khokha shared the Robert L. Noble prize, which is awarded for outstanding achievements in basic biomedical cancer research, with Dr James T. Rutka.

Dr Khokha, from the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, studies many aspects of our understanding of cancer – particularly cancers of the breast, liver, lung and bone. She has made discoveries about the impact of the hormone progesterone on breast cancer stem cells, which has helped researchers investigating breast cancer risk.

Dr James T. Rutka

Dr James T. Rutka shared the Robert L. Noble prize, which is awarded for outstanding achievements in basic biomedical cancer research, with Dr Rama Khokha.

Dr Rutka, from SickKids, is considered one of the leading research neurosurgeons in pediatric brain cancer worldwide, and has helped position Canada at the forefront of brain cancer research.

Dr Michael Taylor

Dr Michael Taylor, a leading pediatric neurosurgeon and senior scientist at SickKids, received the William E. Rawls prize. This prize is given to a young investigator whose work has led to important advances in cancer control. Dr Taylor is interested in the molecular genetics and epigenetics of malignant childhood brain tumours.

“My research focuses on saving lives and improving the lives of children who face the most common childhood brain cancers,” says Dr Taylor.

“I know how crucial it is to receive support from organizations like the Canadian Cancer Society in order to accelerate progress toward helping kids with cancer and their families, both across Canada and around the world.”

Dr Russell Jones

Dr Russell Jones from McGill University received the Bernard and Francine Dorval prize, which is awarded to a promising young investigator in biomedical sciences.

Dr Jones is an emerging leader in the fields of immunology and cancer biology and is recognized for his leadership in the field of immuno-metabolism research.

Dr Laurence Klotz

Dr Laurence Klotz from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre received the O. Harold Warwick Prize, given to a scientist whose research has had a major impact on cancer control in Canada.

Researchers from across the globe praise this leading urologic cancer surgeon and scientist for his transformative contributions to evidence-based treatment standards for prostate cancer.

Published Thursday, July 30, 2015
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