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Honouring our researchers

Each year the Cancer Association honours exceptional men and women who have made a significant contribution in some area of cancer research.

Our annual awards:

Oettlé Memorial Medal

It is the highest award of CANSA and awarded to South African(s) who (a) through original research have made valuable contributions in regard to cancer or (b) rendered service of outstanding value to the Association.

History of the Medal

Past Medal Winners:

  • 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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