Drs. Sorensen, Ester and Huntsman elected to Royal Society of Canada

Date Posted: 
2019-09-10
Drs Sorensen, Ester, Huntsman

Drs. Poul Sorensen, Martin Ester and David Huntsman have been named Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the arts, social sciences and sciences in Canada.

Dr. Sorensen is an internationally renowned clinician-scientist whose pioneering work uncovered numerous genetic and biological drivers of aggressive childhood cancers, many of which were subsequently directly linked to the biology of adult malignancies. He was the first to show that NTRK gene fusions are recurrent oncogenic drivers, which are now estimated to occur in one per cent of human cancers, leading to the development of recently approved drugs to target these lesions.

Dr. Ester’s research focuses on data mining and machine learning, where he is tasked with finding knowledge, patterns and structure in large amounts of data. He was named the world’s most influential data-mining scholar in 2016.

Dr. Huntsman has used pathology and genetic tools to redefine our understanding of ovarian and several rare cancers including hereditary stomach cancer. He proposed, developed, and promulgated the current subtype-specific and biologically informed approach to ovarian cancer research, prevention, and treatment. He has been a leader and mentor within the Canadian cancer research community. His research is highly cited and most importantly has saved lives.

The 2019 Fellows and Members will be welcomed into the RSC in November at a celebration in Ottawa.

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