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Canadian Cancer Trials Group Spring Meeting Event -- Annual Cosbie Lecture

We are very pleased to announce Dr. Frances Shepherd as the 2009 "Cosbie Lecturer". Dr. Shepherd's talk is entitled "Lung Cancer: A Journey from Nihilism to Hope Through Bench to Bedside Research".

The Cosbie Lecture is scheduled for Saturday, 2 May 2009 at 4:30 pm directly following the General Meeting at the Delta Chelsea Hotel. We encourage all Spring Meeting attendees to attend this important lecture.

Dr. Shepherd received her MD from the University of Toronto in 1970, and is currently a senior staff physician at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto where she holds the Scott Taylor Chair in Lung Cancer Research. She served as Chair of the Canadian Cancer Trials Group Lung Cancer Site Committee for 15 years.

Dr. Shepherd has been recognized for her many contributions in the field of lung cancer research, most notably her longstanding international leadership in the development of innovative therapies for lung cancer. In 2001, she was named the Scott Taylor Chair in Lung Cancer Research becoming the first holder of this esteemed research position with a primary goal of investigating new options for lung cancer therapy. She is a past President of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer having served as president from 2003-2005. She was the recipient of the Jacqueline Seroussi Memorial Award for Cancer Research in 2004, the O. Harold Warwick Award for Research Excellence of the CCSRI in 2006, and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer Research Award in 2007. She received the Order of Ontario in 2007 and, in 2008, was awarded an Ontario Premier's Summit Award for Medical Research.

Some History on the Cosbie Lecture:

Dr. W. Gerald Cosbie was born in Toronto on January 29, 1894. He was educated at Upper Canada College as well as the University of Toronto Medical School. After graduating in 1915, he joined the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. He served with the Third Canadian Division and was wounded at Vimy Ridge. His distinguished service saw him awarded the Military Cross for outstanding bravery.

Upon his return to Canada in 1919, he undertook graduate studies and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, as well as a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He pioneered and refined certain treatments for gynecological cancer. On September 13, 1921, he cared for the first patients who were treated with radiotherapy at the Toronto General Hospital (TGH).

Dr. Cosbie was a gynecological consultant at the Ontario Institute of Radiotherapy at the TGH when, in 1949, he became a member of the Ontario Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation, as Chairman of the Advisory Medical Board and its Executive Committee. He also played an important role in discussions with the provincial government, ultimately leading to the establishment of the Ontario Cancer Institute.

He retired from the staff of the university in 1954 and accepted the post of Medical Director of the Foundation, on a part-time basis. The position became full-time once he retired from his private practice.In 1957, Dr. Cosbie became Vice-chairman of the Foundation, a post he held until 1971.

In 1976, the Foundation established a lectureship in honour of Dr. Cosbie. The first lecture, which was awarded to the newly-formed Canadian Oncology Society, was delivered on January 27, 1977 in Toronto by Mr. Basil Morson, the distinguished pathologist of St. Marks Hospital in London, England. Dr. Cosbie was on hand for the occasion.