Hello everyone,

The closing of 2007 has brought plenty of good news for University Health Network. Yesterday, two of our colleagues, Dr. Tak Mak and Dr. Frances Shepherd were named to the Order of Ontario, the province's highest and most prestigious honour.

Dr. Tak Mak, Director of the Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research here at Princess Margaret Hospital, was honoured for his work in molecular biology, his contributions in the genetics of immunology and his discovery of the T cell receptor.

Dr. Frances A. Shepherd, the Scott Taylor Chair in Lung Cancer Research at Princess Margaret Hospital was honoured for her work that has led to new treatment options for lung cancer patients in Ontario and throughout the world.

I'm also pleased to tell you that the Wilson Centre with their partner Centre de pédagogie appliqué aux sciences de la santé (CPASS) at the University of Montreal have been awarded a large grant to undertake a national review for "The Future of Medical Education in Canada" project. This is a 100-year follow-up to the Flexner Report of 1907!!

I'd also like bring your attention to the research breakthroughs at UHN in 2007.

I congratulate our award winners and thank all UHN staff for their hard work and contributions in helping UHN achieve global impact.


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