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Drs. Dawson and Zadeh have been elected as presidents of prestigious academic societies.
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(L-R) Drs. Laura Dawson and Gelareh Zadeh at UHN’s Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

This year, Clinician Scientist Dr. Laura Dawson and Senior Scientist Dr. Gelareh Zadeh at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre were elected as presidents of top international societies.

Dr. Laura Dawson began her appointment as president-elect of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) in mid-September at the Society’s 61st Annual Meeting Chicago.

ASTRO is the world's largest radiation oncology society. It counts with more than 10,000 members, including physicians, nurses, scientists, radiation therapists, dosimetrists and other health care professionals who specialize in treating patients with radiation therapies.

Dr. Dawson’s specialty is in radiation oncology, gastrointestinal cancers, as well as clinical trials for patients with liver cancer. In addition to her appointment at UHN’s Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, she is a professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Gelareh Zadeh, the co-director of the Krembil Brain Institute, has been elected the president of the Society of Neuro-Oncology (SNO). She is the first woman and second Canadian to occupy this prestigious position. 

SNO is the largest and most recognized organization dedicated to promoting research and education for cancers of the brain and spinal cord. Its 2,000 members include clinicians, researchers, nurses and other health care professionals.

Dr. Zadeh is a neurosurgeon at UHN and is appointed as a Senior Scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. Her research program examines the biology of brain tumours and is focused on developing new treatments for these cancers.

Congratulations Drs. Dawson and Zadeh!