Accomplished cancer researcher to deliver 21st annual Waddell Award Lectures Dec. 3

Robert A. Weinberg, PhD
Robert A. Weinberg, PhD

Robert A. Weinberg, PhD, professor and founding member of Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will present two lectures at the Arizona Cancer Center and receive its Donald Ware Waddell Award Dec. 3.

Dr. Weinberg will present a scientific lecture, "Invasion, Metastasis and Cancer Stem Cells," to the Arizona Health Sciences Center community at noon, and a public lecture, "How Cancers Become Malignant," at 5 p.m. at Arizona Cancer Center’s Kiewit Auditorium, 1515 N. Campbell Ave.

Each year, the Arizona Cancer Center presents the Donald Ware Waddell Award to a nationally acclaimed scientist who has made outstanding contributions to cancer research. A professor of biology at MIT, Dr. Weinberg is a pioneer in cancer research most widely known for his discoveries of the first human oncogene – a gene that causes normal cells to form tumors – and the first tumor suppressor gene. Dr. Weinberg is known worldwide for his innovative research and expertise and can be credited with greatly advancing cancer research.

Dr. Weinberg was named “Scientist of the Year” by Discover magazine in 1982 and his many awards include the National Medal of Science, the Wolf Prize in Medicine, the Landon-AACR Prize for Cancer Research, and the Otto Warburg Medal. He is a member of the National academy of Science and the Royal Swedish Academy of Science. He is well known for his brilliance in cancer research and his mentorship of many eminent scientists.

The Donald Ware Waddell Award was established in 1988 by a gift from Eleanor Waddell Libby and the Waddell Foundation in memory of her father, Donald Ware Waddell, a Phoenix rancher.