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Dr. Steven Narod awarded Killam Prize

June 2016

The Canadian Council for the Arts has awarded Dr. Steven Narod the prestigious Killam Prize for Health Sciences for his revolutionary research on hereditary breast and ovarian cancers.

For more than 20 years at Women’s College Hospital, Dr. Narod has dedicated himself to advancing the health of women, leading to many important discoveries. He is a co-discoverer of the BRCA 1 and 2 genes that increase breast and ovarian cancer risk when mutated.

“Dr. Narod’s work has undoubtedly saved the lives of countless women in Canada and around the world,” said Dr. Paula Rochon, vice president of research at WCH.

Dr. Narod said he was honoured. “I have spent the last 30 years trying to understand hereditary breast and ovarian cancer by studying generations of affected women,” he said. “We have had some successes in the prevention and treatment of these cancers but there is more to be done.”

Over the next few years, Dr. Narod will study the early stages of breast cancer in young women.

Killam Prize in Health Sciences
Dr. Steven Narod, Women’s College Hospital senior scientist, receives the 2016 Killam Prize in Health Sciences from the Governor General, The Right Honourable David Johnston during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.
Credit: MCpl Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall © OSGG, 2016

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