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Connie J. Eaves

In Memoriam: Connie J. Eaves

(05/22/1944 - 03/07/2024)Member since 1988
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Connie J. Eaves, PhD, OC, a Canadian biologist whose work on hematopoiesis and stem cells provided insights into the biology of leukemia and breast cancer, died March 7, 2024, at the age of 79.  She was a Fellow of the AACR Academy.

Born in Ottawa in 1944, Eaves received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Queen’s University in Ontario and her doctorate from the University of Manchester in Great Britain. After postdoctoral work at the Ontario Cancer Institute in Toronto, she took a faculty position at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

She rose to professor in the Department of Medical Genetics of the UBC Faculty of Medicine and professor at the UBC School of Biomedical Engineering. She also held an appointment as distinguished scientist at the Terry Fox Laboratory at BC Cancer.

She was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Medicine in 2022 and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and a fellow of the Royal Society in 2021.  She received the Canada Gairdner Wightman Award and was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 2019 and was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 1994.

She was elected to the AACR Academy in 2022 in recognition of her “essential contributions to the development of functional methods to quantify and characterize hematopoietic, mammary, and cancer stem cells that are now considered benchmarks in the field, and for co-discovering quiescent malignant stem cells in chronic myeloid leukemia.”

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