For Outstanding Contribution to Cancer Early Detection

About the Award

The Don Listwin Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cancer Early Detection recognizes a sustained contribution to, or singular achievement in, the cancer early detection field. The award is named in honor of Don Listwin, founder and chairman of Canary Foundation.

Eligibility and Selection Process:

  • Nominations open to any individual or team of individuals who has contributed to the field of cancer early detection either through an outstanding sustained commitment or a singular achievement.
  • All nominations will be kept for three years.
  • Decision to be made by awards committee will consist of the scientific organizers of the annual early detection of cancer conference and an additional representative from each organizing institution.
  • The main criteria for judging nominations is impact on the cancer early detection field.  This impact may be scientific, translational, advocacy, or other.
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Sanjiv Sam Gambhir

The 2020 Award goes to: Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, Canary Center at Stanford

We are honoured to posthumously award this year’s Don Listwin Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cancer Early Detection to Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair of Radiology at the Stanford School of Medicine and an internationally recognized pioneer in molecular imaging. This award is given in great respect to recognise and thank Dr. Gambhir for the work he did to develop, grow and establish the research community needed to detect cancer early. He remained a tireless advocate to this cause until his death on July 18, 2020. He was Director of the Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection, Director of the Precision Health and Integrated Diagnostics Center, and Director of the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford. Within the field of radiology, Gambhir was known for the development of positron emission tomography reporter genes, which can flag molecular activity that signals something’s gone awry in the body. To colleagues far and wide, he was known as a leader and scientist with sprawling expertise and a work ethic to aspire to. More than that, colleagues said he was a kind and generous friend, a nurturing mentor and a catalyst for collaboration. Dr. Gambhir dedicated his career to developing methods of early disease detection, ushering in a new era of molecular imaging to flag signals of disease in its nascent stages. Dr. Gambhir brought together collaborators in achieving the same goal, and we thank him for helping the partnership between Cancer Research UK, OHSU and Canary Centre at Stanford grow.