Martin Short to tour cancer imaging facilities at Robarts Research Institute

Celebrated Canadian actor Martin Short has won fans and accolades in television, film and theatre since his breakout season on Saturday Night Live almost 30 years ago. On November 18, Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry will welcome Martin Short as the keynote speaker for the Leaders in Innovation Dinner, which this year will celebrate research excellence in the field of cellular and molecular imaging in cancer.

Short has a personal connection to cancer. At the age of 17, he lost his mother, Olive, to breast cancer. In 2010, his wife of 30 years, Nancy, passed away after a battle with ovarian cancer.

Prior to his keynote address, Short will tour the leading-edge facilities at Western’s Robarts Research Institute and meet researchers who are advancing cancer research. Media are invited to join the tour and interview Short immediately afterward.

When: Wednesday, November 18, 2015; Tour: 3:30 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.; Media Scrum: 3:50 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Robarts Research Institute, Western University, London, Ontario

Please contact Tristan Joseph by Friday, November 13, if you plan to attend.

This will be the only opportunity to interview Short during his visit. No photography, video or audio recordings are permitted during Short’s keynote address in the evening.

Leaders in Innovation celebrates recent breakthroughs in solving the mysteries of these complex diseases and will include the presentation of the 2015 J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine to renowned cancer imaging researcher Sanjiv S. Gambhir, MD, PhD, from Stanford University. Earlier this year, Dr. Gambhir and his team released a paper on his research into DNA rings – a technology that may one day result in patients taking a pill which will cause cancerous cells to excrete a unique biomarker, indicating the type and stage of the tumour at an earlier point in the disease.

Media are welcome to videotape and take photos during the presentation of the Taylor Prize, which will take place at approximately 8 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Lamplighter Inn and Conference Centre, London, Ontario.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tristan Joseph, Media Relations Officer, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, t. 519.661.2111 ext. 80387, c. 519.777.1573,


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