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Dr. Tony Pawson Awarded Royal Medal

Toronto, December 1, 2005 - Dr. Tony Pawson of the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute was awarded the Royal Medal by The Royal Society, the United Kingdom's national academy of science, in London, England on November 30, 2005.

Pawson Royal Medal
Professor David Read FRS, Biological Sectretary of the Royal Society, presents Dr. Tony Pawson with the diploma, signed by David Read, Prof Martin Taylor FRS (Physical Secretary) and Lord May of Oxford, President of the Royal Society, and a medal from Buckingham Palace. Photo Courtesy of Royal Society.

The award-winning scientist was recognized for his discoveries revealing the principles underlying cell signaling, which have been pivotal in understanding diseases such as cancer. Three Royal Medals, also knows as The Queen's medals, are awarded annually for the most important contributions to science. The Royal Society was founded in 1660 and has honoured such scientific leaders as Frederick Sanger and Francis Crick with Royal medals during the medal's rich history.

"I'm honoured to receive this award from the Queen and it is wonderful to be recognized by such a distinguished scientific organization," said Dr. Pawson, a British-born Canadian.

Dr. Pawson's field of expertise is known as signal transduction. He has discovered the underlying principles through which proteins in human cells interact with one another to construct a functioning cell, and to allow cells to communicate. Understanding how these cell signaling mechanisms work - and how abnormal cell signaling can lead to disease - is allowing researchers to design new drug therapies and treatments for various diseases, including some forms of cancer.