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William Foulkes, Ph. D.

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William Foulkes, Ph. D.
William Foulkes, Ph. D. Professor Department of Medical Genetics, McGill University

Bio

Dr. William Foulkes is a researcher recognized internationally for his contribution to the understanding of the genetics of cancer, in particular through his work on hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. He was one of the first to demonstrate that most tumours linked to the BRCA1 gene have negative receptors for estrogen, and the first to publish an article on the incidence of mutations in the BRCA1 gene on the evolution of breast cancer.

Why Choosing Breast Cancer?

Dr. William Foulkes is a researcher recognized internationally for his contribution to the understanding of the genetics of cancer, in particular through his work on hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. He was one of the first to demonstrate that most tumours linked to the BRCA1 gene have negative receptors for estrogen, and the first to publish an article on the incidence of mutations in the BRCA1 gene on the evolution of breast cancer.

A Scientific Accomplishment You Are Proud of

Our works on the PALB2 gene made it possible to discover that mutations in this gene are a major cause of hereditary breast cancer. It took a great deal of research efforts, made over a period of several years, to make this discovery.”

Research Focus

  • Cancer biology
  • Etiology (causes)
  • Prevention
  • Screening, diagnosis or prognosis
  • Treatments
  • Oncopsychology
  • The development of scientific models
  • Other

Distinctions

James McGill Award (McGill University)
National researcher (FRQS)

Projects Funded by the Foundation

2011 – A multimodal genomic analysis strategy to identify novel breast cancer genes

2014 – Breast cancer genetics among the Quebec population:  twenty years after BRCA1/2