Acclaimed cancer researcher Sir Bruce Ponder, MB, BChir, PhD, will present a public lecture and receive the Arizona Cancer Center’s Donald Ware Waddell Award at 5 p.m. on Oct. 8.
Each year, the Arizona Cancer Center presents the Donald Ware Waddell Award to a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to cancer research. The 2010 recipient, Sir Bruce, holds the Li Ka Shing Professorship of Oncology at the University of Cambridge and is the director of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute.
Sir Bruce is world-renowned for conducting pioneering research that led the discovery of genes that affect our risk of common cancers. In the 1990s, his team helped track down two genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, which affect breast cancer risk. In 2007, he published the first genome-wide search for genetic variants that predispose to breast cancer.
Following a scientific lecture to the Arizona Health Sciences Center community at noon, Sir Bruce will present “Cancer: Research and Progress” Oct. 8 at 5 p.m. at Arizona Cancer Center’s Kiewit Auditorium, 1515 N. Campbell Ave. The evening lecture is free and open to the public.
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.