​​​Dr. John Dick
Dr. John Dick and his team investigate the genetic programs that control human blood stem cells (HSCs) to determine how changes in these programs lead to generating leukemia initiating cells. (Photo: UHN)

Dr. John Dick, Senior Scientist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, has received a prestigious honour.

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) today in Philadelphia announced that Dr. Dick is one of its 11 newly elected Fellows of the AACR Academy, which recognizes and honours distinguished researchers whose major scientific contributions have driven significant innovation and advancement in the cancer field.

Dr. Dick wears many hats at UHN and beyond – Canada Research Chair in Stem Cell Biology and Senior Scientist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine, Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto; Director, Program in Cancer Stem Cells, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research – all of them focused on advancing progress against cancer and creating global impact through his discoveries in stem cells, cancer stem cells and the blood system.

AACR medals
AACR medals are given to 11 scientists and physicians each year. (Photo: AACR)

All AACR Fellows are nominated and elected through a rigorous peer-review process conducted by existing Fellows of the AACR Academy and ratified by the AACR Executive Committee. Only individuals whose work has had a significant and long-lasting impact on the field are eligible for election as AACR Fellows.

Annually, 11 individuals are chosen to join the AACR Academy, in honour of the 11 scientists and physicians who founded the AACR in 1907.

Dr. Dick and the rest of the 2016 class of Fellows will be formally inducted at the AACR Annual Meeting in New Orleans at the end of the month.

For more on the AACR and the 2016 class of Fellows of the AACR Academy, click here.

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