Dr. David G. Huntsman, professor in the Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, received the inaugural Virginia Greene Leadership Award for his work in the field of ovarian cancer. Huntsman led a research team that discovered ovarian cancer is not one disease, but is made up of five subtypes that behave like distinct diseases. This work, published in 2008, provided a roadmap for clinicians and researchers studying ovarian cancer and has changed the way in which it is diagnosed and treated.
He is also the director of OvCaRe, the Ovarian Cancer Research Program at Vancouver General Hospital and the B.C. Cancer Agency.
The Virginia Greene Leadership Award recognizes a major contributor to overcoming ovarian cancer within B.C. The award was created by Virginia Greene’s daughter Justine Greene and Ovarian Cancer Canada. Greene passed away as a result of her ovarian cancer on Dec. 2, 2010.
Ovarian Cancer Canada is the only national charity dedicated to overcoming ovarian cancer.
For more information, visit http://www.med.ubc.ca/about_us/Awards_and_Honours.htm#Dr. Huntsman