Tony Pawson

A Message about Tony Pawson from Juleen Zierath

We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Tony Pawson, a Toronto-based geneticist and cell biologist at Mount Sinai Hospital’s Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute who has served on our Board of Directors for seven years and has participated in Keystone Symposia conferences as an attendee, speaker and organizer since 1978.

A recipient of the Kyoto Prize in 2008, Dr. Pawson is recognized as an international leader in cellular biology for his pioneering work understanding protein interactions and the mechanisms that underlie intracellular signal transduction. His work has implications for cancer and many other disease areas, and his discoveries have led to the development of new drugs which successfully stop the proliferation of certain types of cancer cells.

For Keystone Symposia, he was instrumental in developing the organization’s long series of signal transduction meetings. Tony was one of the distinguished speakers at the memorable 2000 Keystone Symposia Millennium conference organized by David Baltimore. Recently, with Tony Hunter, he organized Keystone Symposia’s 40th-anniversary commemoration conference in January 2011 on “The Evolution of Protein Phosphorylation.”

Those of us associated with Keystone Symposia who got to know Tony remember him as a genuinely kind and humble man whose passion for science was matched by his sincere concern for others. “Memories of Tony Pawson and working with him on the Keystone Symposia Board of Directors will live with me and bring continuing fulfillment,” said Jim Aiken, Keystone Symposia’s Chief Executive Officer.

On behalf of all the staff and board members of Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology, we would like to extend our sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues. We have lost one of the best.

Juleen Zierath, Chair of the Board, Keystone Symposia
Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, Karolinska Institutet