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Diana Paola Granados, postdoctoral fellow at IRIC

Diana Paola Granados, a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) of the Université de Montréal, is the winner of a prize for a poster presented at the “Genomics: The Power and the Promise” conference organized by Genome Canada and the Gairdner Foundation this past November. The distinction carries a $1,000 cash award.

Ms. Granados’s poster, entitled “Discovery of Minor Histocompatibility Antigens for Leukemia Immunotherapy with a Novel Proteogenomics Approach,” presents a study whose goal is to develop a personalized approach for the treatment of leukemia.

Dr. Claude Perreault, principal investigator at IRIC and professor in the Department of Medicine at the Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Medicine, supervises the work of Ms. Granados and stresses that he is “privileged to include Diana Paola among the members of my team. Her determination to discover the connections between the ‘genomic self’ and the ‘immunological self’ is exceptional. I’m convinced that Diana Paola’s proteogenomic strategy will make it possible to identify prime targets for cancer immunotherapy.”

About Genome Canada

Genome Canada is a not-for-profit organization that acts as a catalyst for developing and applying genomics and genomic-based technologies to create economic and social benefits for Canadians. Genome Canada connects ideas and people across public and private sectors to find new uses for genomics, invests in large-scale science and technology to fuel innovation,and translates discoveries into applications, new technologies, societal impacts and solutions across key sectors of national importance, including health, agriculture, forestry, fisheries & aquaculture, energy, mining, and the environment. For more information: www.genomecanada.ca

About the Gairdner Foundation

The Canada Gairdner Awards were created in 1959 to recognize and reward the achievements of medicalresearchers whose work contributes significantly to improving the quality of human life. They are Canada’s only globally known international science awards and Gairdner is the only national organization that consistently brings the world’s best biomedical researchers to Canada to share their ideas and work with scientists across the country. In so doing, it enlarges networks and enhances Canada’s international reputation, while providing a realistic and unbiased benchmark for Canada’s leading scientists. For more information: www.gairdner.org

About the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer

An ultra-modern research hub and training centre located in the heart of the Université de Montreal, the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) was created in 2003 to shed light on the mechanisms of cancer and discover new, more effective therapies to counter this disease. IRIC operates according to a model that is unique in Canada. Its innovative approach to research has already led to discoveries that will, over the coming years, have a significant impact on the fight against cancer. For more information: www.iric.ca


Manon Pepin
Director, Communications and Media Relations
Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer | IRIC
Université de Montréal
(514) 343-7283 | manon.pepin@umontreal.ca