Sunday, April 26, 2009

Eminent Cancer Scientist Found Dead in His Car with Toxic Chemicals

April 25th, 2009

There’s not much information right now.

Via: Perthshire Advertiser:

A SCIENTIST researching ways to help raise cancer survival rates was found dead in Blairgowrie this week.

Dr Thomas Friedberg, a notable member of the medical research team at Dundee University, was found dead in his car on Wednesday evening, close to the family’s Blairgowrie home on Emma Terrace.

But the police officers and ambulance staff who first arrived at the scene had to be taken to hospital after a number of unidentified substances found in Dr Friedberg’s car and home prompted a chemical scare.

A full-scale cordon was established around the Emma Road area while Tayside Police along with the fire and rescue service, forensic experts and chemists worked to establish the type of chemicals found.

Dr Friedberg (59) worked in the Biomedical Research Institute, part of the School of Medicine at the University where staff have described him as warm, kind and well-loved part of the team.

Professor Martin Pippard, Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Dundee, said: “We are deeply saddened by news of Dr Thomas Friedberg’s death.

“Dr Friedberg was an eminent scientist in his field who had made many important contributions in the field of cancer research, particularly in drug development and toxicology.

“He was a much respected and loved colleague of many in the School of Medicine and across the University.

“Our thoughts at this time are with his family,” the Dean added.

And colleague Professor Roland Wolf, Director of the Biomedical Research Institute, added: “Thomas was a warm, kind and much-loved member of the Biomedical Research Institute.

“He made an exceptional contribution to the research programme of the institute and will be greatly missed.”

Dr Thomas Friedberg had been researching ways to improve anti-cancer therapy, identifying people with an increased risk of the disease and methods to prevent it.

The area in Blairgowrie close to where Dr Friedberg’s body was found remained cordoned off until the chemicals were identified.

All the emergency staff taken to Ninewells Hospital amid the chemical scare were checked over and released without the need for treatment.

Police established there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding Dr Friedberg’s death and, as with all sudden deaths, a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.