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July 31, 2009

Canadian stem cell researchers Eaves and Dick to receive hematology awards

The American Society of Hematology recently announced six award recipients to be honoured for their outstanding scientific contributions in the field of hematology. Among the distinguished scientists who are to receive awards are two Canadians – Connie Eaves and John Dick – both of whom are Stem Cell Network researchers.

I am very proud of Connie and John, who as leading stem cell researchers have made extremely important contributions to our understanding of stem cell biology and its implications for disease. Their virtuosity and scientific insights have both advanced our knowledge and provided new paradigms for understanding and fighting disease. They show us why Canada continues to be one of the world’s most respected and desired places to conduct stem cell research. As a colleague and friend, I congratulate them both on this achievement – one of many yet to come.

View the summaries from the American Society of Hematology website:

Connie Eaves, PhD
, of the BC Cancer Agency, University of British Columbia in Vancouver, will be presented with the Henry M. Stratton Medal, which honors an individual whose well-recognized contributions to hematology have taken place over a period of several years. Dr. Eaves will receive this award for her remarkable achievements in the area of stem cell biology for more than two decades. Dr. Eaves has been on the cutting edge of adapting or introducing technologies related to stem cell biology, especially her ground-breaking techniques of using the long-term culture system as means of understanding the proliferative and renewal properties of normal and malignant primitive human hematopoietic stem cells.

John E. Dick, PhD, of the University Health Network in Toronto, will be recognized with the E. Donnall Thomas Lecture and Prize for his pioneering research into the development of human leukemia, which has transformed the view of how leukemia progresses. This prize, named after a Nobel Prize laureate and past Society president, recognizes pioneering research achievements in hematology.

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Excellent news! Congratulations to Connie and John.

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