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Cancer researcher Joanne Kotsopoulos receives alumni award from the University of Toronto

February 8, 2016

Joanne Kotsopoulos, PhD
Joanne Kotsopoulos, PhD

Congratulations to Joanne Kotsopoulos, PhD, scientist at Women’s College Research Institute (WCRI), for being selected as the 2015 Victoria College Distinguished Alumni Award winner.

The award was created by the Alumni of Victoria College Executive at the University of Toronto to honour Victoria College alumni who have distinguished themselves through extraordinary contribution to society at large at the local, national or international level.

Kotsopoulos received the award for her outstanding research on breast and ovarian cancer. She is a key member of the Familial Breast Cancer Research Unit at WCRI, and she leads a number of studies that investigate the role of risk factors, including hormones, diet and lifestyle, in the development of breast and ovarian cancer, particularly in women who are at a high risk because of a mutation in their BRCA genes. Her discoveries are shaping the strategies that doctors, genetic counselors and women use worldwide to make important decisions around preventing and managing cancer risks.

Victoria College will be hosting an event in the spring to formally present Kotsopoulos with the award.



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