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Tobacco control scientist wins prestigious cancer research award


Waterloo, ON – The Canadian Cancer Society is honouring a University of Waterloo scientist with one of its prestigious Awards for Excellence in Cancer Research.

Dr David Hammond is the recipient of the William E. Rawls Prize for the remarkable impact he has made in cancer prevention at an early stage in his career. He is recognized around the world as a leading expert in tobacco control research, particularly tobacco packaging and warning labels.

“I am honoured to receive this award,” says Dr Hammond. “The Canadian Cancer Society has been an important funder of my work for the last four years and I’m grateful for the Society’s support of my research and cancer prevention research in general.”

Since starting his independent career in 2005, Dr Hammond has served as an advisor for tobacco control policies and guidelines around the world as well as an expert witness in legal challenges from tobacco companies in Canada, Australia and the UK.

His other research interests include evaluating nutrition labelling on menus and prepackaged foods to reduce obesity and improve health. The society has supported Dr Hammond’s research with funding of more than $526,000 since 2010

“We’re proud to honour Dr Hammond who has achieved so much in such an early stage in his career,” says Martin Kabat, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division. “Already in his career, Dr Hammond’s work has had impact on policies that will improve the health of Canadians and prevent cancer in Canada as well as internationally.”