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At a luncheon hosted by Senator Sharon Carstairs on October 6, Dr. Robin Cohen, Assistant Professor in the Palliative Care Division of the Departments of Oncology and Medicine, was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal. This medal is awarded "to those persons who have made a significant contribution to Canada, to their community or to their fellow Canadians."
McGill Law student George Kazakov is one of the 2002 Blake scholarship recipients, awarded by law firm Blake, Cassels & Graydon. Blake Scholars are chosen by their individual schools and recognized for academic achievement, community involvement, extracurricular activities and personal accomplishments.
Biology professor Graham Bell has won the Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS) Prix Léo-Pariseau. The prize is awarded for making a significant distinction in biological and health sciences, and is consists of a medal and $2500, financed by Merck Frosst.
A viable cure for juvenile diabetes is closer to reality with the launch of the Centre for Beta Cell Replacement at McGill and Université de Montréal, under the leadership of MUHC's Lawrence Rosenberg. The Centre is funded by a $2.6 million grant from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
The Canada Foundation for Innovation, under the New Opportunities Fund, will put $17 million into 98 projects at 27 universities. The three awarded to McGill go to: Carolyn Compton, pathology, laboratory for translational research in colorectal cancer; Jeremy Jass, pathology, clinical relevance of molecular heterogeneity in colorectal cancer; Donald Van Meyel, neurology and neurosurgery, genetic analysis of neuronal diversity and axon guidance.