Windsor's dandelion tea researcher Pamela Ovadje recognized for anti-cancer work
Pamela Ovadje was 'a little bit skeptical' that dandelions could have cancer-fighting properties
A post-doctoral fellow at the University of Windsor is being recognized for the work she has done investigating the anti-cancer properties of several natural extracts, including those of dandelions.
Pamela Ovadje will receive the Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation-Postdoctoral at a ceremony in Ottawa on Tuesday.
Mitacs is a non-profit organization that works with universities, governments and companies in Canada, to build partnerships to promote social and industrial innovation.
Close-up of a dandelion plant
Pamela Ovadje's research has examined the anti-cancer properties of several natural extracts, including dandelion roots.
Ovadje told CBC Radio's Windsor Morning that the story of the work she has been doing tracks back to 2009.
"We had information from an oncologist, a collaborator here in Windsor, who had patients that showed improvement after taking dandelion-root tea," Ovadje told Windsor Morning.
"And so, with a phone call, we decided to start studying what was in this tea that made patients respond to it, so we started digging up dandelions."