Two faculty members received research awards from the Canadian Cancer Society.
Torsten Nielsen, a Professor in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and Clinician Scientist at the BC Cancer Agency, received the 2012 Young Investigator Award.
The Young Investigator Award is given to a promising young Canadian investigator judged to have made outstanding contributions to basic biomedical research and had the potential to lead to, or has led to, better understanding of cancer, improved cancer treatments, cures or new advances in cancer control.
Dr. Nielsen is an international leader in the development of new diagnostic tools and predictive clinical tests that lead to improved treatments. His research focus is in the areas of breast cancer and musculoskeletal tumours.
Dr. Nielsen shared the award with Aaron Schimmer, an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Medical Biophysics, and Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto.
David Huntsman, a Professor in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and Clinician Scientist at the BC Cancer Agency, received the 2012 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. Huntsman is a leader in the field of genetic abnormalities. His notable contributions to the genetics of familial gastric cancers and ovarian cancer have changed the way these diseases are studied, diagnosed and managed.
The 2012 research awards will be presented on June 5 by the Canadian Cancer Society at their annual research brunch.