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The Bernard Belleau Award is presented to a scientist residing in Canada who has made a distinguished contribution to the field of medicinal chemistry through research involving biochemical or organic chemical mechanisms.


Frederick G. West
The University of Alberta

Frederick West received his undergraduate training at the University of Arizona, and carried out PhD studies at the University of Wisconsin with Ed Vedejs. After a 2-year NIH postdoctoral stint at Columbia with Gilbert Stork, he began his independent career in 1988 at the University of Utah. In 2002, he moved to the University of Alberta, where he is currently Vice Dean of Science and Co-Director of the Cancer Research Institute of Northern Alberta. In addition to work involving the chemistry of novel reactive intermediates and natural product synthesis, the West group has been involved in several aspects of chemical biology and medicinal chemistry. This includes hexose transporter proteins, cancer drug delivery, new PET tracers, and anticancer drugs targeting tubulin, DNA repair enzymes, and immune checkpoints.