October 27, 2005 11:56 ET

RSC/2005 Centenary Medal Awarded to Co-winners of Lasker Award: Ernest A. McCulloch & James E. Till

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 27, 2005) - Ernest A. McCulloch and James E. Till will be presented the 2005 Centenary Medal, one of the prestigious honours of the RSC: The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada.

The Centenary Medal was created in 1982 to honour individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to the object of the Society and to recognize links to international organizations. Those who received it during the centenary celebrations of the Society are listed in the Proceedings for 1982. Since then the medal has been awarded by decisions in Council, at irregular intervals, in recognition of exceptional achievements in scholarship and research.

Ernest A. McCulloch, FRSC, and James E. Till, FRSC, of the Ontario Cancer Institute are the 2005 recipients of the Centenary Medal of the Royal Society of Canada celebrating the continued contributions their research has made to stem cell research. Co-winners of the 2005 Albert Lasker Award for Basic Research, Drs. McCulloch and Till are recognized for their revolutionary research in experimental haematology. Their most prominent discovery, that of hemopoietic stem cells in 1961, was rapidly followed by a classic set of papers describing their nature and the genetics that control these cells. From this work they developed detailed studies of the nature of leukemia leading in turn to contributions on other forms of cancer and the care of those afflicted with the disease. Throughout, their scientific careers have been illuminated by unswerving efforts to serve the community and promote the highest ideals of health care.

The Centenary Medal will be presented to Drs. McCulloch and Till at a special event to be held in Toronto at a later date. Details regarding this event will be communicated shortly.

Contact Information

  • Royal Society of Canada
    Genevieve Gouin
    Publications and Awards Coordinator
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