Dr. Anthony Mak – 2018 Winner David Cornfield Melanoma Fund Award

The David Cornfield Melanoma Fund is proud to celebrate Anthony Mak, MD, PhD, as the recipient of the 2018 David Cornfield Melanoma Fund Award.

The DCMF Award was jointly established by the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund and the University of Toronto to support and advance melanoma research. The DCMF Award is available to residents and fellows in the Department of Medicine and students at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health who have demonstrated special interest and research achievements in the field of melanoma.

Anthony’s doctoral studies focused on the functional characterization of the C133 protein, a marker of cancer stem cells. His interest in melanoma began when he learned that CD133 expressing melanoma stem cells behave very differently than stem cells from other cancer types. He, and others, proposed a new model that presented CD133 as an important protein in maintaining melanoma stem cells near tumour blood vessels.

Now, as a dermatology resident, Anthony and his collaborators are using the latest high-throughput screening technology to comprehensively identify essential genes in melanoma. The outcome of this project will mark a significant advancement in the field, as it will provide melanoma researchers with a validated database of candidate therapeutic targets to begin developing new melanoma treatments.

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