Tony Pawson Dies

Tony Pawson, winner of the 2008 Kyoto Prize, has died, according to the Toronto Star.

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This is very sad. In the

This is very sad. In the brief encounters I had with Dr. Pawson at two or three meetings of oncogene researchers held summers at Hood College in Frederick, MD he was very open and approachable. He socialized with students, postdocs and top researchers equally. He spent a lot of time in the pool as it was so hot, and that is how I first met him. I was studying ras, but in Drosophila and few researchers were interested. He was encouraging on the other hand. Later, I chanced upon him all by himself actively studying a poster from another researcher that had a sequence of an oncoprotein (1988 or 1989). He was there with a piece of paper with his handwritten SH2 sequence he was proposing to be of importance. I came over to see what was up and we went from poster to poster and he kept finding by eyeballing similar sequences in other proteins that had significant matching. I tagged along and we bounced his idea around how these regions may be involved in associations in the cell to allow molecules to interact. He said he was noticing them even in some structural proteins and coming from a red cell lab, I had heard of one of these. He had this really plausible idea of how trafficing of these oncoproteins could be accomplished via these proteins. He was absolutely in his element, so happy to see these related homologies coming up all sprinkled throughout these posters, lending more and more support to his idea. We were walking around drinking our beers and it was amazing to watch this wonderful time for him of discovery and hints of the future.

Very , very sad. I met him at

Very , very sad. I met him at the Hood College oncogene meetings , he was a bright scientist and a wonderful person.Michael Lerman, M.D., Ph.D.

Your readers may be

Your readers may be interested in the tribute I wrote last night and posted to my cancer research blog: