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CAUT Bulletin Archives

September 2002

Cancer Researcher Wins Fellowship

Blue Lake, a PhD student at Memorial University of Newfoundland, is the recipient of CAUT's 2002-2003 J.H. Stewart Reid Memorial Fellowship.

Lake, a full-time student enrolled in the faculty of medicine, is researching the biological basis of cancer using the frog (Xenopus laevis) developmental system to study the normal role of growth regulatory genes capable of promoting oncogenic growth. By studying the role of specific genes in the developmental process, Lake said he "expects to learn more about the cause of birth defects and cancer, which may lead the way to new treatments." Lake holds a BSc in Biochemistry/Behavioural Neuroscience from Memorial, and was promoted to the PhD program after only 20 months in a master's program. He is the recipient of numerous academic distinctions and awards, including a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Doctoral Research Award, and had coauthored several review articles, papers and presentations for national and international conferences and journals.

The J.H. Stewart Reid Memorial fellowship was established by CAUT through voluntary contributions by faculty associations and unions and individual faculty members from across the country to honour the memory of the first executive secretary of the association. The $5,000 fellowship is available to Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada who are working towards a doctoral degree at a Canadian university.