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Dr. Daniel Durocher awarded prestigious cancer research prize by Memorial Sloan Kettering

September 29, 2015


  Dr. Daniel Durocher

Dr. Daniel Durocher

World renowned cancer researcher Dr. Daniel Durocher has been named a recipient of the 2015 Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research by Memorial Sloan Kettering. Dr. Durocher — Assistant Director of Biomedical Research at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, part of Sinai health System – is being recognized for his research on how cells maintain the integrity of their genomes.


Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research

The Paul Marks Prize, a highly competitive and prestigious award that is given every other year, recognizes scientists under 45 whose work is improving the understanding of cancer and showcases future leaders in the fight against cancer. The two other recipients of this year’s award are Dr. Bradley Bernstein of Harvard Medical School and Dr. Howard Chang of Stanford University.

Much of Dr. Durocher’s recent research has focused on how the BRCA1 protein helps cells respond to DNA damage, in the hopes that controlling this mechanism can help develop new interventions. Mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are strongly linked to breast and ovarian cancer.

“This is a timely and important recognition of Dr. Durocher’s amazing contributions to advancement of cancer research,” said Dr. Jim Woodgett, Director of the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute. “He and his team have made many discoveries that have provided critical insights into how normal cells become cancerous and how healthy cells detect and effectively repair damage to their DNA. His work provides a strong foundation for even more discoveries and the development of new treatments.”

Notably, the only other Canadian to be awarded the Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research is Dr. Jeff Wrana (2005), also a senior investigator at the LTRI.

Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research
Profile of Dr. Daniel Durocher





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