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Jessica McAlpine wins top research prize at IGCS 2012

October 16, 2012 - Jessica McAlpine, OVCARE surgeon-scientist, wins the top research prize at the 14th Biennial Meeting of the International Gynecologic Cancer Society (IGCS) held in Vancouver, Canada.

Dr. McAlpine won for her work on "Intratumoural heterogeneity in high-grade serous cancers:  defining evolution of the somatic mutational landscape across spatially and temporally selected samples".  She is a co-Principal investigator with Dr. Sohrab Shah (OVCARE cancer genomics expert and bioinformatician) on this Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) - funded research programme in which she has also been awarded a five-year CIHR New Investigator Award to conduct this research.

Six years ago, when the Society of Gynecologic Oncology of Canada (GOC) was preparing to bid for the IGCS meeting, Dr. Michael Fung-Kee-Fung (Past-President of GOC) boldly stated that GOC should "Own the Podium" (apologies to John Furlong) and they did!  Three of the four awards given out at the closing ceremonies went to GOC affiliates.  In addition to Dr. McAlpin's prize, two GOC members took home the Best Young Investigator prizes.  Congratulations!