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Honouring Our Researchers

Every three years CANSA honours exceptional individuals who have made a significant contribution towards cancer research.

Oettlé Memorial Medal

The late Dr George Oettlé

The late Dr George Oettlé

It is the highest award of CANSA and is awarded to South African(s) who (a) through original research have made valuable contributions regarding cancer or (b) rendered service of outstanding value to CANSA. Read about the history of the medal here. 

A call for nominations for the next Oettlé Memorial Award will go out in 2026. Read the criteria for nomination of a cancer researcher here.

Past Medal Winners:

  • No winner (2023)
  • Dr Elvira Singh (2022)
  • No winner (2021)
  • Prof Paul Ruff (2020)
  • No winner (2019)
  • Prof Jennifer Moodley (2018)
  • Prof Greta Dreyer (2017)
  • Prof Lizette Janse van Rensburg (2016)
  • Prof Lynette Denny (2015)
  • Prof Patrick Arbuthnot (2014)
  • Dr Leon Gouws, Prof Freddy Sitas, Prof Ben Smit (2013)
  • Dr Dagmar Whitaker (2012)
  • Dr Dennis Baird, Prof Peter Hesseling, Prof Annie Joubert (2011)
  • Emeritus Professor Basil Bloch (2010)
  • Prof Anna-Lise Williamson (2010)
  • Prof Iqbal Parker, Dr Carl Albrecht (2009)
  • Prof Louis Goedhals (2007)
  • Dr Georges de Mûelenaere (2007)
  • Dr Carl Albrecht (2007)
  • Mr TB Toms (1999)
  • Dr Gordon Grant (1997)
  • Mrs Oettlé (1996)
  • Dr Richard Peto (1996)
  • Prof FG Geldenhuys (1995)
  • Prof MC Kew (1981)
  • Prof W Gevers (1981)
  • Dr G MacNab (1977)
  • Dr JJ Alexander (1977)
  • Dr JS Harington (1977)
  • Mrs Oettlé (1973)
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