Gairdner mourns the passing of Dr. Connie Eaves

The Gairdner Foundation is saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Connie Eaves on March 7th, 2024.

Dr. Eaves stood as a globally recognized authority in stem cell research, pioneering studies in leukemia and breast cancer over a span of more than five decades. Renowned not only for her exceptional scientific contributions but also revered as a mentor, leader, and cherished colleague and friend, Dr. Eaves leaves behind a legacy that will resonate profoundly for generations to come.

Dr. Eaves demonstrated outstanding national and international leadership throughout her distinguished career. She co-founded the Terry Fox Laboratory at the British Columbia Cancer Agency, was a leader in the Canadian Stem Cell Network and held multiple senior roles in the National Cancer Institute of Canada, where she spearheaded the establishment of the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance to create the first national source of breast cancer research funding in Canada.

Over the course of her career, Connie was the recipient of accolades of the highest honour, including appointment to the Order of Canada, election to the Royal Society (London, UK), induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, and she was the 2019 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award laureate. 

She was an outstanding scientist and mentor and the Gairdner Foundation will remember her fondly for her contributions to our programs, community, and health research globally. We wish her family, friends and colleagues strength during this difficult time.