Dr. Connie Eaves receives Till & McCulloch Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Connie Eaves, a professor in the Department of Medical Genetics at UBC School of Medicine, received the Till and McCulloch Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her pivotal contributions to the field of stem cell research and his dedication to training the next generation of scientists.

Dr. Connie Eaves

The Till and McCulloch Prize is awarded annually by the Stem Cell Network (SCN) to celebrate the best of Canadian science in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine. This year, the SCN is presenting a special Till and McCulloch Lifetime Achievement Award which recognizes the outstanding contributions of Dr. Eaves throughout her distinguished career.

“I am so grateful and proud to receive this recognition from a scientific group that is like an extended family,” said Dr Eaves, who helped create the SCN in 2001.

Spanning five decades, Dr. Eaves’ work has advanced treatments for leukemia and breast cancers, and his pioneering research methodologies have become benchmarks with significant applications worldwide. Throughout her career, Dr. Eaves has demonstrated exceptional national and international leadership and has trained over 100 scientists worldwide.

“If I look back on my own career, I think some of the proudest moments are watching the successful defenses of every PhD I ever trained as a supervisor,” Dr Eaves added.

Dr. Eaves co-founded the Terry Fox Lab at BC Cancer, where she is now named Scientist Emeritus. She has also held several leadership positions at the National Cancer Institute of Canada and led the creation of the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance.

“If I look back on my own career, I think some of the proudest moments are watching the successful defenses of every PhD I ever trained as a supervisor.”
Dr. Connie Eaves

“It is an absolute honor to present the Till and McCulloch Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Eaves for his groundbreaking work in stem cell research,” said Dr. Michael Rudnicki, Scientific Director of SCN. “She is a true pioneer and Canada is incredibly fortunate to have benefited from her scientific contributions and leadership.

Dr. Eaves is a Fellow of the Royal Societies of the United Kingdom, Canada and Edinburgh and inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. She was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2021 and received the 2021 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cancer Research from the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance. Dr. Eaves was named the 2019 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award recipient and one of Chatelaine’s Women of the Year, and has received numerous other prestigious awards including the Noble and Chew-Wei Awards for Cancer Research, the CML International Foundation’s Rowley Award and the American Society of Hematology’s Stratton Lifetime Achievement and E. Donnall Thomas Awards.

Dr. Eaves will officially receive the Till and McCulloch Lifetime Achievement Award at a celebration in Vancouver in October. Upon accepting the award, Dr. Eaves will deliver the traditional Till & McCulloch Lecture to over 500 delegates from across Canada and around the world.

A version of this story originally appeared on the RCS website.

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