Dr. Chew Wei Memorial Prize in Cancer Research

Dr. Robert McMaster, Executive Associate Dean, Research; Dr. Deborah Money, Executive Vice Dean; Dr. Eduardo Franco, 2017 Dr. Chew Wei Prize Recipient; Dr. Dermot Kelleher, Dean; and Dr. Dianne Miller, Division Head for Gynecologic Oncology

The 2017 Competition is Now Closed

Purpose of the Prize

The Dr. Chew Wei MBBS [HK] FRCOG [ENG] Memorial Prize in Cancer Research will be awarded annually to a Canadian physician or scientist who makes outstanding contributions to the treatment, amelioration, or development of therapies for cancer. The prize is awarded with the expectation that the recipient will continue to make outstanding contributions in the future, since this is not a lifetime achievement award. Among the criteria that will be considered is a distinguished record of translating scientific discoveries into clinical applications, forging partnerships with scientists and others to foster cancer research or to implement discoveries, and cultivating future leaders in the field.

Monetary Award for Each Prize

One prize of $50,000.00 CAD will be awarded annually to a Canadian physician or scientist. The value of the prize will be re-evaluated every third year.

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for a Prize, a nominee must be a Canadian citizen holding an academic appointment in good standing, be active and productive in his or her career, and must have made outstanding contributions to the treatment, amelioration, or cure for cancer. Nominees must be nominated by an expert in their field. Self-nominations will not be accepted. A letter of invitation to submit is not required. The Advisory Selection Committee reserves the right to rule on the eligibility of nominees. The University may decline to award a prize in any given year if the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine is of the opinion that awarding a prize is impractical or undesirable.

Nomination Package

A complete Nomination Package includes:

  • A completed Nomination Form, signed by the nominator
  • A letter of nomination stating the nominee’s contributions to the relevant field (2 pages maximum)
  • The nominee’s CV, including a complete list of publications
  • Letters of support from 2 experts in the nominee’s field of work (at least 1 letter must be from an expert outside of Canada)
  • Confirmation of the nominee’s Canadian citizenship

The nominations of eligible candidates may be considered for up to three years.


The complete Nomination Package must be received by the deadline. Late nominations will not be accepted. Submissions that are missing any of the required support documentation or that do not meet the requirements will not be accepted.

Please email your nomination package to:

Dr. W. Robert McMaster
Executive Associate Dean, Research
UBC Faculty of Medicine
c/o chewwei.prize@ubc.ca

Past Winners

Year Recipient
2017 Dr. Eduardo Franco, McGill University
2016 Dr. Connie Eaves, University of British Columbia
2015 Dr. Marco Marra, University of British Columbia
2014 Dr. Tak Wah Mak, University of Toronto