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Congratulations to Prof. Tak Mak in receiving 2023 William B. Coley Award


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Prof. Tak Mak - Co-Director (Scientific) will be conferred the 2023 William B. Coley Award, the highest scientific honour by the Cancer Research Institute (CRI) in Basic and Tumor Immunology.


This award recognizes Prof. Tak Mak's profound discoveries throughout his career that helped establish the foundations of T-cell immunology. Prof. Tak Mak's contributions have propelled the immunotherapy field forward in tremendous fashion, making many of today’s life-saving treatments possible. Most notably, Prof. Tak Mak cracked a very important code: that of the T cell receptor (TCR).


“Prof. Tak Mak reflects exactly the type of visionary scientist the Cancer Research Institute strives to empower,” declared Jill O’Donnell-Tormey, PhD, CRI’s Chief Executive Officer and Director of Scientific Affairs.


“Our deep belief is that by deciphering the basic principles of the immune system, we can bring its great power to bear against cancer. Dr. Mak’s work is an example of this philosophy in action. By decoding basic T cell biology, he opened up an entire new world of possibilities as far as treating cancer and numerous other diseases. We’re now starting to see the fruits of those contributions in a big way,” Dr. O’Donnell-Tormey added.


The award will be officially conferred by CRI at a ceremony to be held in New York City on November 6, 2023.



Source: Cancer Research Institute

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