Dr. John Dick to receive 2019 ISSCR Award for Innovation


The Princess Margaret’s Dr. John E. Dick has been honoured for his exceptional work in stem cell research with a 2019 ISSCR Award for Innovation. 

Given out by The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR), the award recognizes original thinking and groundbreaking research pertaining to stem cells or regenerative medicine. 

Dr. Dick, Senior Scientist at the Cancer Centre, has made great strides in leukemia research leading to the discovery of leukemia stem cells in acute myeloid leukemia (AML), an aggressive form of blood cancer. 

His findings have led to new ways of predicting who might be at risk of developing AML after tracking how leukemia stem cells arise from normal stem cells. 

“John’s pioneering work has revolutionized understanding of the human blood-forming system and brought cancer stem cells to the forefront,” said ISSCR President Douglas Melton in a prepared statement.

“His insights into blood stem cell development and how cancer cells form have significantly advanced the field. Through a series of studies, he has identified leukemic stem cells (LSCs) and cancer stem cells (CSCs) in solid tumors, a breakthrough that has significant implications for clinical applications.”

Dr. Dick also received the ISSCR’s Tobias Award Lecture in 2017 for his leadership in normal stem cell and cancer stem cell biology.

The awards will be handed out at the society’s annual meeting in Los Angeles June 26 – 29 and Dr. Dick will be speaking in Plenary IV on June 28. For more information on ISSCR or other award recipients visit www.isscr.org