A pioneering professor raised on Bute has been chosen as the face of a new awareness and fund-raising campaign run by the University of Toronto.
Professor Patrick Gunning, winner last year of the Baird of Bute Society’s inaugural Scottish Innovation Award, can be seen beaming down from adverts all over the city as part of the university’s new ‘Boundless’ campaign, next to the words ‘Prof. Patrick Gunning, Cancer Researcher, Boundless Dedication’.
Patrick, along with another Toronto resident, Dr Hazel Markwell, who has a home on Bute, will be acting as programme mentors to two Rothesay Academy pupils, Bonnie Caldwell and Joshua McFadden, whose three weeks in Canada as winners of the Baird of Bute Society’s first Canadian Science Scholarship begin this Monday, May 19.
An associate professor of chemistry at Canada’s number one ranked university, Patrick has gained global recognition for his work on finding a cure for cancer. He leads a team of 22 students responsible for developing a drug which wiped out cancerous cells in mice, and in tumours extracted from human patients, without damaging the healthy cells around them.