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Honours and awards

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Congratulations to each of the following RI-MUHC researchers!

Marilyn Ahun received the 2023 Victoria S. Levin Award from the Society for Research in Child Development for her early career success in young children’s mental health. Learn more

Sapha Barkati and Marina Klein received the 2023 prize for best research paper from the Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec. Published in The New England Journal of Medicine, their article described the unique clinical presentation of mpox. Learn more

John Bergeron received an Honorary Investigator appointment to the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in September 2023. This appointment recognizes his major scientific contributions in the area of cellular trafficking, including seminal discoveries in calnexin biology that have earned an enduring place in the textbooks of cell biology. In addition, our research community is indebted to his foundational efforts in the field of proteomics, not only at the RI-MUHC and McGill University, but through his contribution to the establishment of the global Human Proteome Organization. Learn more

Jean Bourbeau has been named the 2024 Distinguished Lecturer in Respiratory Sciences by the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH) of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and by the Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS). This award recognizes individuals who exemplify research excellence, a strong and reputable presence within Canada and on the international scene, and a meaningful impact in mentorship and training. Dr. Bourbeau will deliver the keynote lecture at the Canadian Respiratory Conference in April 2024. Learn more

Kaberi Dasgupta was awarded the Canadian Diabetes in Pregnancy Study Group (CanDIPs) 2023 Award of Excellence for Research at the Vascular 2023 conference in Montreal. Besides delivering a presentation on Diabetes Canada type 2 diabetes remission guidelines, which she had co-authored, she was invited to co-moderate a session on enhancing capacity for care in connection to persons with type 1 diabetes in Canada. Learn more

Raquel Zegarra del Carpio-O’Donovan was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition of her leadership as an esteemed neuroradiologist and for her mentorship of a generation of radiologists around the globe. Learn more

Maziar Divangahi has been named the 2024 Mid-Career Lecturer in Respiratory Sciences by the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH) of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and by the Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS). This award recognizes an individual's outstanding contribution to the advancement of respiratory sciences, both in Canada and internationally, at the midpoint of their career. Prof. Divangahi will deliver a keynote lecture at the Canadian Respiratory Conference in April 2024. Learn more

Phil Gold was honoured this fall as part of the Code Life Research Awards ceremony. Dr. Gold's discovery in 1965 of the first cancer marker, the carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), set a major turning point in oncology and inspired generations of researchers. Learn more

Wei-Hsiang Huang is one of the winners of the Brain Canada Foundation's 2022 Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research program. Supported by the Canada Brain Research Fund and anchored by a lead gift from the Azrieli Foundation, the Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research program aims to accelerate novel and transformative research that will fundamentally change our understanding of nervous system function and dysfunction and their impact on health.

Ariane Marelli was appointed Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health. In her new position, Dr. Marelli will advance research and training initiatives that address circulatory and respiratory research priorities in Canada. Learn more

Emily McDonald is co-recipient of the 2023 Maude Abbott Prize from McGill University. A global expert on the appropriate use of medication, Dr. McDonald co-invented MedSafer, a licensed clinical decision tool for medication management. Learn more on the McGill University website.

Suzanne Morin received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Osteoporosis Canada. The award recognizes her remarkable determination, resilience, and dedication in championing the osteoporosis cause, and her record of tirelessly donating her expertise, efforts and enthusiasm to advance osteoporotic care. Learn more

Madhukar Pai was named a fellow of the Academy of Science, Royal Society of Canada. His innovative, multidisciplinary research on improving the care of tuberculosis has informed many national and international policies. His groundbreaking work on patient-centred assessment of quality of care in low- and middle-income countries has now been adapted in many countries. He is a passionate advocate for addressing inequities and power asymmetries in global health. Learn more

Sushmita Pamidi was appointed a member of the Council of Canadian Academies’ (CCA) Expert Panel on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Practices in the Post-secondary Research System in fall 2023. Dr. Pamidi is part of an 11-member panel that will undertake an assessment of the evidence-based measures that organizations in Canada and around the world are implementing to achieve equity, diversity, and inclusion in research and academia. Learn more on the CCA website.

Nitika Pant Pai is the winner of the 2023 Haile T. Debas Prize from McGill University. As part of her large research program on HIV/STIs, she co-created nine innovative programs using smart technology to improve access and increase linkages to quality care for patients with HIV/STIs in marginalized populations. Learn more on the McGill University website.

Nitika Pant Pai was selected to participate in the 2024 North America Cohort of the WomenLift Health (WLH) Leadership Journey. The program aims at empowering mid-career women to advance to senior leadership positions in global health. Learn more

Steven Paraskevas is the 2023 recipient of the Excellence in Leadership Award from the Canadian Society of Transplantation. Praised for his vision and commitment to improving the care of transplant patients at the McGill University Health Centre, Dr. Paraskevas was also recognized for his leadership in developing transplant programs. Learn more

Janusz Rak was named a fellow of the Academy of Science, Royal Society of Canada. He introduced a new dimension into cancer studies by demonstrating that oncogenic molecules may propagate throughout tumour microenvironment, and systemically, as cargo of extracellular vesicles (exosomes). His work links intracellular cancer causation to multicellular host tissue responses, including vascular pathologies, such as tumour-associated angiogenesis and thrombosis, and provides the basis for using exosomes in liquid biopsy and molecular diagnosis of cancer. Learn more

David Rosenblatt was awarded the 2023 Jacob’s Ladder Norman Saunders International Research Prize. Given by Jacob’s Ladder, the Canadian Foundation for Control of Neurodegenerative Disease, the prize honours his work in the field of medical genetics, studying individuals with rare inborn errors of vitamin B12 and folate metabolism. Learn more

Rita Suri received the Marcel Dufresne Award (Montreal chapter) for Volunteer of the Year from the Kidney Foundation of Canada. She is among the volunteers whose outstanding contributions were recognized through the chapters’ and Quebec Branch’s 2022 Recognition Awards. Learn more

Don Vinh was named a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). One of the highest honours in the field of infectious diseases, IDSA fellowship is bestowed on physicians and scientists in recognition of their professional excellence and significant service to the profession. Learn more

 

—published August 2023 – July 2024

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