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March 28, 2007

Judie Havers
London Health Sciences Centre
519-685-8500, ext. 58738

Alexander Peterson
London Health Sciences Foundation

5 New Cancer Researchers Join London Team

(LONDON, Ontario) – The London Regional Cancer Program (LRCP) of London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) is pleased to announce the recruitment of 5 new cancer researchers to the LRCP Cancer Research Laboratories Program.

LRCP is an internationally known cancer research facility recognized for its leadership in addressing fundamental questions related to cancer biology and therapy, and forms the core of the Cancer Research Program within the Lawson Health Research Institute (Lawson). Our scientists are members of Lawson and hold academic appointments at the University of Western Ontario within the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry or with other faculties.

These 5 new cancer researchers are a complement to our existing research teams located within the LRCP and the adjoining Victoria Research Lab. Four have arrived and have begun working with existing scientists. The 5th researcher is expected to join them in July 2007.

“LHSC has a reputation as a world leader in cancer research,” says Ken Deane, Chief Operating Officer of Clinical Services for LHSC and St. Joseph’s Health Care, London. “The addition of these dynamic researchers to the team already in place will ensure the continued growth of research in cancer biology, experimental cancer treatment, and in cancer imaging.”

One of the new researchers, Dr. John Lewis, is the successful candidate for the Robert Hardie Chair in Translational Prostate Cancer Research, in collaboration with the London Prostate Cancer Centre. This Chair is supported by a generous commitment from Bob Hardie, a research associate in prostate cancer research, and by funds raised through annual community events.

“The combined efforts of our cancer research leaders and the fundraisers at the London Health Sciences Foundation has resulted in the recruitment of these young scientists to London,” says Brian Orr, Regional Vice-President, LRCP and Cancer Care Ontario – Southwest. “We are confident that research at LRCP will continue to deliver meaningful results that will lead to better ways of treating cancer.”

Dan Ross, President and Chief Executive Officer at LHSF, says, “London Health Sciences Foundation inspires investment in excellence at LHSC. It is through the generous donations of corporations, groups and individuals that we can bring such outstanding researchers to the London Regional Cancer Program at London Health Sciences Centre.”

About London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC)

LHSC is one of Canada’s largest acute-care teaching hospitals and is dedicated to excellence in patient care, teaching and research. LHSC has pioneered many national and international medical breakthroughs. Located in London, Ontario, LHSC encompasses three sites, South Street Hospital, University Hospital and Victoria Hospital; two family medical centres; and the London Regional Cancer Program. LHSC is the home of the Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario and CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics). The research arm of LHSC is Lawson Health Research Institute, which is partnered with London’s other teaching hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Care, London. LHSC is affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. Physicians and staff at LHSC number close to 9,000 and together they provided care for more than one million patient visits last year.

About London Health Sciences Foundation
For more than a decade, London Health Sciences Foundation has inspired investment in excellence at London Health Sciences Centre. London Health Sciences Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization established in 1996 through the amalgamation of the University and Victoria Hospital Foundations. The Foundation links donors, health care consumers, the community and health care experts — including physicians, allied professionals, researchers, staff and educators — in pursuit of medical excellence at London Health Sciences Centre.