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WCRI’s Dr. Steven Narod elected to Royal Society of Canada

November 2012

Dr. Steven Narod, Canada Research Chair in Breast Cancer (Tier 1) and senior scientist at Women’s College Research Institute, has been elected as a fellow of the prestigious Royal Society of Canada (RSC). Narod, who is also a University of Toronto (U of T) professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Department of Medicine, is one of 17 U of T faculty members elected.

“Steven Narod continues to have a great deal of influence on clinical practice in Canada and around the world, and he is deeply respected by the academic community,” says Dr. Paula Rochon, vice president, research, Women’s College Hospital.

Dr. Steven Narod (centre left) was honoured at the University of Toronto’s Hart House on October 18th. He is pictured with Dr. Paula Rochon (far left), Professor Paul Young (centre right) and Professor David Naylor (far right).

On November 17, Narod attended the RSC's official inauguration to honour its new fellows, held annually in Ottawa. In October, the University of Toronto recognized its newly-elected faculty at a special event in Hart House, attended by U of T President Professor David Naylor, Vice-President of Research and Innovation Professor Paul Young, and Royal Society of Canada President Professor Yolande Grise. 

The author of over 550 peer-reviewed publications, and with an H-index of 84, it’s not surprising that Narod is amongst the new membership of the RSC, which recognizes scholarly, research and artistic excellence to promote a culture of knowledge and innovation in Canada and around the world.

Supported by his database of 13,000 women from 30 countries, Narod has proven that hereditary breast and ovarian cancers are preventable with medication and surgery. He has identified founder mutations in a number of traditionally isolated ethnic populations, particularly in Ashkenazi Jewish people, French-Canadians and people from the Bahamas. Most recently, his collaborative research has proven that women in Poland carrying a BRCA1 mutation have a substantially lower risk of breast cancer than women in North America with the same mutation, leading to further study of potential nutritional therapies.

“It is an honour to be elected to this prestigious society,” says Narod.

In addition to his recent election to the RSC, Narod was recently elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and on Friday, October 19th in Florida, was honoured with the FORCE Spirit of Empowerment Award from Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered.

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