The American Society of Hematology Honours Dr. John Dick for Outstanding Mentorship


The American Society of Hematology (ASH) will recognize Dr. John Dick, Senior Scientist at Princess Margaret Cancer Center, with the 2018 Mentor Award for his sustained, outstanding commitment to the training and career development of early-career hematologists.
The ASH Mentor Award was established in 2006 to recognize hematologists who have excelled in mentoring trainees and colleagues. Each year, the Society recognizes two outstanding mentors in the areas of basic science, clinical investigation, education, or clinical/community care who have had a significant, positive impact on their mentees’ careers and, through their mentees, have advanced research and patient care in the field of hematology. ASH President Alexis Thompson, MD, MPH, of the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, will present this award to Dr. Dick and Dr. Reed Drews of the Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston on Sunday, December 2, during the 60th ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Diego.

“This personal recognition with the ASH Mentor Award has made me realize that what I do has had a true impact on the lives of others,” said Dr. Dick. “I have been privileged to work with remarkable trainees, and I am so incredibly proud of my lab family, and how each person has gone on to accomplish so much in their own right. It means so much to remain connected with virtually all of my former trainees over the course of 30 years.”
Dr. Dick has supported more than 130 careers throughout his 30 years of mentoring trainees. He is a Canada research chair in stem cell biology, professor in the department of molecular genetics at the University of Toronto, senior scientist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, an investigator at the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine, and the director of translational research initiative in leukemia at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. He is a renowned researcher who has made seminal contributions to the study of healthy and leukemic stem cells. His scientific accomplishments have earned him ASH honorific awards in the past: the William Dameshek Prize in 2005, and the E. Donnall Thomas Prize in 2009.
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