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Dr. John Bell receives top award from Canadian Cancer Research Alliance

October 30, 2017

The Canadian Cancer Research Alliance (CCRA) announced today that Dr. John Bell is receiving the Outstanding Achievements in Cancer Research Award for his “pioneering work and ground-breaking scientific discoveries, which have propelled the entire field of oncolytic virus therapy forward, and his commitment to enabling translational research.”

Dr. Bell is a senior scientist in cancer therapeutics at The Ottawa Hospital and professor of medicine at the University of Ottawa. He is a global pioneer in the discovery and development of oncolytic viruses, a novel class of targeted cancer therapeutics. He is founder of the Canadian Oncolytic Virus Consortium, the first of its kind in the world, which aims to expand cancer viral therapy discovery and application at all levels and is also Scientific Director of BioCanRx, a Network of Centres of Excellence, and Director of the Biotherapeutics Program for the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research.

Committed to “bench to bedside” research, Dr. Bell has worked tirelessly to build the infrastructure to make these state-of-the-art immunotherapies a reality for patients, and through his participation in various community forums, he has made oncolytic virus therapies understandable to patient populations.

The awards will be presented during the CCRA’s Canadian Cancer Research Conference held in Vancouver from November 5-7, 2017.

See news release from CCRA, including details on five other award recipients.

Dr. Bell is based at The Ottawa Hospital’s Centre for Innovative Cancer Research, which opened in 2011 thanks to funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and generous support from the community for cancer research The Ottawa Hospital.

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