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The American Society of Hematology recently announced six award recipients to be honoured for their outstanding scientific contributions in the field of hematology. Among the distinguished scientists who are to receive awards are two Canadians – Connie Eaves and John Dick – both of whom are Stem Cell Network researchers.

I am very proud of Connie and John, who as leading stem cell researchers have made extremely important contributions to our understanding of stem cell biology and its implications for disease. Their virtuosity and scientific insights have both advanced our knowledge and provided new paradigms for understanding and fighting disease. They show us why Canada continues to be one of the world’s most respected and desired places to conduct stem cell research. As a colleague and friend, I congratulate them both on this achievement – one of many yet to come.

View the summaries from the American Society of Hematology website:

Connie Eaves, PhD
, of the BC Cancer Agency, Universityof British Columbia in Vancouver, will be presented with the Henry M.Stratton Medal, which honors an individual whose well-recognizedcontributions to hematology have taken place over a period of severalyears. Dr. Eaves will receive this award for her remarkableachievements in the area of stem cell biology for more than twodecades. Dr. Eaves has been on the cutting edge of adapting orintroducing technologies related to stem cell biology, especially herground-breaking techniques of using the long-term culture system asmeans of understanding the proliferative and renewal properties ofnormal and malignant primitive human hematopoietic stem cells.

John E. Dick, PhD, of the University Health Networkin Toronto, will be recognized with the E. Donnall Thomas Lecture andPrize for his pioneering research into the development of humanleukemia, which has transformed the view of how leukemia progresses.This prize, named after a Nobel Prize laureate and past Societypresident, recognizes pioneering research achievements in hematology.