CCRA welcomes new co-chair Dr. Christine Williams as of January 1, 2013.
Dr. Williams was awarded a PhD in Immunology from the University of Toronto, where she studied DNA repair pathways. She received additional post-doctoral training on the molecular biology of blood cell development and cancer at Massachusetts General Hospital and became an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. She returned to Toronto in 2005 as Assistant Director of Research at the National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC) and Director of the Canadian Prostate Cancer Research Initiative.
In February 2009, the Canadian Cancer Society and the NCIC formally integrated operations to become a single organization and, shortly thereafter, Dr. Williams became the inaugural Director of Research for the new Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute. In January 2012, she was promoted to national Vice-President, Research responsible for overall leadership of research programs and initiatives at the Society.
CCRA members extend their thanks to outgoing co-chair Dr. Mario Chevrette, Scientific Director, Cancer Research Society. Dr. Chevrette continues to be actively involved in the CCRA and is the chair of the Executive Planning Committee for the 2013 Canadian Cancer Research Conference.