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Dr. Steven Narod receives Basser Global Prize for BRCA research

September 2016

Dr. Steven Narod
Dr. Steven Narod, senior scientist at WCRI.

Dr. Steven Narod has received the 2016 Basser Global Prize for advancing research related to BRCA mutations, leading to better breast and ovarian cancer treatment.

He is the first Canadian scientist to receive the prize, awarded by the Basser Center for BRCA at the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center. Dr. Narod, the director of the hereditary cancer research group, a senior scientist at WCRI and a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Breast Cancer, is a world leader in the field of breast and ovarian cancer genetics. His research has in­formed two decades of progress in prevent­ing cancer and reducing its mortality.

The prize awards $100,000 in unrestricted support of Dr. Narod’s research efforts re­lated to BRCA1/2 mutations, a commemora­tive sculpture, and a personal $10,000 cash prize. He will receive the prize and give a keynote address at the annual Basser Center for BRCA Scientific Symposium, scheduled May 4-5, 2017.

“It’s an honour to have my research recog­nized by one of the world’s leading medical schools and cancer research centers,” Dr. Narod said. The new funding will support Dr. Narod’s research efforts to improve care for women at risk of breast and ovarian cancer or living with the disease.

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