Dr. Cristiano Ferrario receives the 2012 Kate McGarrigle Fund Fellowship Award
Dr. Ferrario is an Italian born medical oncologist who trained at the Scientific Institute of Romagna for the Study and Treatment of Cancer (IRST). He is involved in the daily activities of inpatients in the Oncology Ward, with a particular focus on breast and testicular cancer patients. While participating in the training of oncology residents, Dr. Ferrario is also highly-specialized in high-dose chemotherapy with stem cell rescue in relapsed germ cell cancers. His keen interest in translational research led him to McGill University, where he undertook several key Clinical Research Fellowships under the supervision of Dr. Lawrence C. Panasci.
“Dr. Ferrario’s work in identifying molecular biomarkers is a central theme of “personalized medicine” in cancer, which was something that was helpful in treating Kate McGarrigle’s cancer and tumor with a targeted agent, but for which much more research is required,” explains Dr. Gerald Batist, past Chairman of the Department of Oncology, McGill University and Director of the McGill Centre for Translational Research in Cancer. “His work is very important, and he will even find common cause with Dr. Philip Wong, last year’s recipient of the Kate McGarrigle Fund Fellowship Award. Dr. Ferrario is joining a large research program already focused on personalized medicine, and I am certain he will make significant contributions to this field,” Dr. Batist concludes.
Since its inception, the Kate McGarrigle Fund has raised over $250,000 to support teaching and research in oncology related fields. Thanks to the support of its generous donors, Dr. Ferrario is the fourth recipient of the Fund’s Fellowship Award.
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