President's Report 2007

Research chair focuses on cancer prevention and detection

Dr. Ann Dorward

This past year, Dr. Ann Dorward was named Memorial University’s Canada Research Chair in Molecular Signalling in Human Health and Disease.

Dr. Dormand’s research emphasizes the value of the mouse as a model mammal for exploring three major themes: cancer risk, cancer progression and new methods for early cancer detection.

“Calculating one person’s risk for the development of cancer is not a simple equation, it’s influenced by both their genes and their environmental exposures over a lifetime,” says Dr. Dorward. “Studying mouse models of human cancers help us determine which genes and which exposures are most important for the risk of developing specific cancers.”

The Cancer Institute of Canada estimated 37,000 men and 33,400 women died from cancer in 2006 and the number of cancer-related deaths is projected to increase as a larger proportion of the Canadian population reaches an advanced age.

Dr. Dorward’s research is focused on basic cancer biology and genetics, encompassing nutrition and pharmacological research in the areas of cancer prevention and therapy.

The Government of Canada established Canada Research Chairs to promote the highest level of research excellence at Canadian universities. In its 2000 budget, the federal government provided $900 million to support the establishment of 2,000 Canada Research Chairs in universities across the country.