André Picard, The Globe and Mail’s public health reporter and columnist, has received an inaugural award for distinguished service to cancer research for his contributions to public education on cancer research and policy through exemplary journalism.
The award is being given by the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance. Other CCRA award winners include Philip E. Branton, a professor of biochemistry at McGill University, and Anthony J. Pawson, a professor of molecular genetics at the University of Toronto.
“These awards are our way to acknowledge the exceptional contributions made by these individuals,” said Elizabeth Eisenhauer, co-chair of the CCRA. “We are proud to highlight their achievements and the remarkable impact they have had on cancer research and the cancer research community.”
The awards will be presented during the CCRA’s Canadian Cancer Research Conference in Toronto Nov. 27–30.
Mr. Picard has received much acclaim for his writing on health-care issues. In 2010, he won a National Newspaper Award as Canada’s top newspaper columnist. Among his other accolades, he received the Outstanding Leadership in Cancer Control Prize from the Campaign to Control Cancer, and he was named Canada’s first Public Health Hero by the Canadian Public Health Association. He is also the author of three best-selling books.
He was recently named the Conference Board of Canada’s CIBC scholar-in-residence. The program has funded scholars since 2005, enabling them to carry out research on issues that resonate throughout Canada.
Mr. Picard’s research topic is The Path to Health Care Reform: Policy and Politics. He took the position in early September. In May, he will give a public lecture in Ottawa that will highlight his research findings. A book will be published next fall.