He’s only just getting started: Robert Korneluk inducted into the Order of Canada

Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Dr. Korneluk was invested as Member of the Order of Canada by Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, in a ceremony at Rideau Hall on November 21, 2019.

With almost 40 years of science under his belt, Faculty of Medicine professor and CHEO Research Institute Senior Scientist Robert Korneluk has helped propel immunotherapy into one of the biggest buzzwords in medicine.

In 1995, Dr. Korneluk and his team discovered a family of genes called Inhibitors of Apoptosis (IAPs) that control cell death. This ground-breaking discovery has been the basis of breakthroughs worldwide in cancer, diabetes, neurodegeneration and more. It’s also the basis of his current work exploring how to enhance the immune system’s own natural response to cancers—work he says he won’t stop until it’s a proven treatment for cancer patients.

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