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British Royalty Honours Mount Sinai Researcher

Her Majesty the Queen names Dr. Anthony Pawson to distinguished Order of the Companions of Honour

TORONTO, July 4, 2006 – British royalty are celebrating the extraordinary life-achievements of Dr. Anthony Pawson, principal investigator at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital. Her Majesty the Queen has named Dr. Pawson as a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for his services to genetic sciences and cancer research.

The Order of the Companions of Honour is the highest recognition a Canadian citizen can receive from the British government. Dr. Pawson has been added to this prestigious group in the Companions of Honour, where living membership is limited to 65 people. He is one of a very few select Canadians to receive this distinguished honour, and joins Prime Ministers Lester B. Pearson and Pierre Trudeau, as well as General John de Chastelain.

“It is a privilege and honour to be recognized by Her Majesty the Queen and to be grouped with a number of accomplished individuals from around the world as a fellow Companion of Honour,” said Dr. Pawson, who recently completed a successful five-year term as director of the Research Institute of Mount Sinai, and continues as an esteemed scientist. He is also a professor at the University of Toronto and a distinguished investigator of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Dr. Pawson is an international leader in his field of cell signaling. His research has helped create new approaches to treat diseases such as cancer, and his work in cell communication and the creation of protein complexes has resulted in greater knowledge of the human body. Dr. Pawson's other accomplishments include being honoured as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000, and awarded the Order of Ontario in 2005.

“Dr. Pawson's research has transformed how we think about diseases like cancer and has led to broad applications in areas as diverse as cancer research and brain science,” said Dr. Alan Bernstein, President of Canadian Institutes of Health Research. “His research, which was originally viewed as quite contrary to the prevailing wisdom, is now central to our thinking about how the human body works.”

"To be made a Companion of Honour by the Queen is an incredible achievement that places Dr. Pawson among a very special selection of the world's most talented scientists, artists and politicians," said Dr. Jim Woodgett, Director of the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital.  "It's an exceptional honour and brings well-deserved recognition to Dr. Pawson, his work at the Research Institute and Canadian science."

About Mount Sinai Hospital
Mount Sinai Hospital is recognized nationally and internationally for its excellence in the provision of compassionate patient care, teaching and research. Its key priority programs are Women's and Infants' Health, Surgical Subspecialties and Oncology, Internal Medicine and Subspecialties, and the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute. It is a University of Toronto-affiliated patient care, teaching and research centre. Visit www.mtsinai.on.ca


About the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital

Mount Sinai Hospital 's internationally renowned Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute is committed to excellence in health research, the training of young investigators, and a culture of research-based medicine both within the Hospital and the Institute. Visit www.mshri.on.ca

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For more information, please contact:
Jodi Salem, Publicist
Mount Sinai Hospital
Tel: 416.586.4800 ext. 8306
E-mail: jsalem@mtsinai.on.ca