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Public Lecture: Renowned pathologist to speak in Winnipeg

October 22, 2014 — 
Dr. Harold Dvorak

Dr. Harold Dvorak

Dr. Harold Dvorak is the face behind the critically important observation that tumors behave like “wounds that do not heal” in that the vascular and stromal responses they induce closely mimic those of healing wounds.

In the 80s Dvorak and colleagues were the first to demonstrate a seminal discovery that provided the molecular basis for the field of angiogenesis, the process through which new blood vessels form from pre-existing ones.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Dvorak to Manitoba. He is a recipient of the 2014 Canada Gairdner International Award for discovering Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF), a key molecular mediator of new blood vessel formation that is a feature of such diseases as cancer and wet macular degeneration, and the development of effective anti-VEGF therapy for these conditions,” says Arnold Naimark [MD/57 B], Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Medicine, University of Manitoba.

Dvorak’s more recent work has characterized the different types of blood vessels that tumors generate and the molecular mechanisms by which they form.

Who:  Dr. Harold Dvorak, recipient of the 2014 Canada Gairdner International Award; Mallinckrodt Distinguished Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School; Director, Center for Vascular Biology Research, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
What:  “VPF/VEGF: Vascular permeability & pathological angiogenesis in tumors, wounds & chronic inflammation”
When:  Thursday, October 23, 2012, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Frederic Gaspard Theatre, Basic Medical Sciences Building, University of Manitoba, Bannatyne Campus, 727 McDermot Avenue
NOTE: This presentation will be linked to room NG002 at St. Boniface Hospital


The Gairdner Foundation celebrates biomedical science across Canada. Each year the Foundation hosts a 10-day National Program to connect Gairdner winners to the current and emerging generation of Canadian researchers – and anyone else who is interested. Gairdner recipients lecture to over 6,000 people at over 20 universities across Canada every year.


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