Collegiate students to hear from renowned cancer researcher

The University of Winnipeg Collegiate has been selected as the only high school in Manitoba to receive a student lecture during the Gairdner Foundation’s 2014 National Program. Dr. Harold Dvorak will deliver his student lecture “What does cancer have to do with a cut finger?” on Thursday, October 23, at 2:30 pm.

Each year, the Gairdner Foundation presents a cross-Canada speaker series featuring Canada Gairdner Award Laureates. Dr. Dvorak received the Canada Gairdner International Award in 2014 “For discovering Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF), a key molecular mediator of new blood vessel formation and the development of effective anti-VEGF therapy for cancer and wet mascular degeneration.” While in Winnipeg, Dr. Dvorak is also delivering his Gairdner Lecture at The University of Manitoba.

Dr. Dvorak is the founding director of the Centre for Vascular Biology Research at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre and the Mallinckrodt Distinguished Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School. The University of Winnipeg Collegiate is thrilled its students have been selected by the Gairdner Foundation to hear Dr. Dvorak speak in person about his inspiring work.

About the Gairdner Foundation:
The Canada Gairdner Awards were created in 1959 to recognize and reward the achievements of medical researchers whose work contributes significantly to improving the quality of human life. They are Canada’s only globally known and respected international science awards, and Gairdner is the only national organization that consistently brings the world’s best biomedical researchers to Canada to share their ideas.



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