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February 5, 2008

Cancer Research Excellence at SickKids

Toronto – With a capacity crowd gathered in the SickKids Main Auditorium, the National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC) honoured SickKids researchers Dr. Peter Dirks and Dr. Mark Greenberg for excellence in cancer research. Dr. Mr. Michael Wosnik, Executive Director of NCIC and Mr. Peter Goodhand, CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society Ontario Division awarded Greenberg with the Dr. O. Harold Warwick Prize, sponsored by the Canadian Cancer Society . Named for the pioneering researcher, the prize is given annually to a scientist whose research has had a major impact on cancer control in Canada . Greenberg's efforts have led to remarkable improvements in survival and long-term outcomes for childhood leukemia, brain tumours and solid tumour cancer care delivery. He has made many contributions to public health policy in this area. Greenberg is senior staff oncologist and professor of Paediatrics and Surgery at the University of Toronto.

NCIC's Dr. Wosnik and Terry Fox Foundation Ontario Provincial Director, Ms Martha McClew, presented Dr. Peter Dirks with the Terry Fox Young Investigator Award for promising young researchers doing outstanding basic laboratory work. Dirks is a leading expert in tumours and cancer stem cells who established that brain tumours contain small numbers of stem cells which uniquely have the ability to propagate brain tumour growth. Dirks' program head at SickKids, Dr. Chi-chung Hui, was recognized with this same award in 2000. Dirks is a principal investigator in the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre, staff neurosurgeon at SickKids and associate professor of neurosurgery at the University of Toronto . In 2003, he was named one of Canada 's Top 40 Under 40.