Honours and awards

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Congratulations to each of the following RI-MUHC researchers!

John Bergeron was appointed to the Order of Canada in recognition of his contributions to scientific excellence in the field of proteomics. He has distinguished himself through his highly cited studies of the proteins in human and animal organs, uncovering their functions in health and disease. Learn more

Gustavo Duque was named the next editor-in-chief of the biological sciences section of The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, effective January 2023. He was selected for this prestigious position by the Gerontological Society of America, the largest interdisciplinary organization in the U.S. devoted to the field of aging. Learn more

Carolyn Freeman was appointed to the Order of Canada in recognition of her impactful career as a radiation oncologist at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and as a Professor of Oncology and Pediatrics at McGill University. Dr. Freeman’s assiduous passion has changed the lives of cancer patients for the past 40 years, improving care for children with cancer as well as patients of all ages with sarcoma. Learn more

Lucy Gilbert was appointed as the Robert Kinch Chair in Women’s Health, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University. The Chair was established to promote research into the various and often underserved elements of women’s health, including reproduction, infertility, perinatal medicine, gynecological oncology and issues of women’s health in an aging population. Learn more

Gabriella Gobbi received the 2022 International College of Neuropsychopharmacology Sumitomo/Sunovion Brain Health Basic Research Award for her outstanding contributions in neuropsychopharmacology. Learn more

Phil Gold was recognized with a McGill University Medal for Exceptional Academic Achievement at the 2022 Fall Convocation ceremony. The renowned scientist, teacher and clinician retired last year after a decades-long career at McGill that began auspiciously with the discovery of the world’s first (and still most used) cancer biomarker, CEA. Learn more

Theresa Gyorkos was appointed in June 2022 to a World Health Organization (WHO) Working Group on the Prevention and Management of Anaemia, to advise the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group of Experts (STAGE) on Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Nutrition for an initial term of three years (2022-2025). This working group of international experts will engage STAGE members on the development of a global action plan and on matters related to addressing the global public health problem of anaemia.

Leonard Levin is the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology’s (ARVO) 2023 recipient of the Mildred Weisenfeld Award for Excellence in Ophthalmology. ARVO is the largest and most respected eye and vision research organization in the world, with nearly 11,000 members representing 75 countries. Dr. Levin will present the Weisenfeld Award Lecture at the 2023 ARVO Annual Meeting to be held in April 2023 in New Orleans. Learn more

Isabelle Malhamé received a Gairdner Early Career Investigator Award from the Gairdner Foundation and the Canada Gairdner Awards. Selected by Gairdner Award laureate Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta for her research on severe maternal morbidity across the pregnancy continuum, she is one of the promising young researchers who will join the laureates in Toronto for Gairdner Science Week. Learn more

Heidi McBride was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Elected by their peers, RSC Fellows and Members must meet the criteria of having made remarkable contributions in the arts, the humanities, the sciences, and Canadian public life at an early stage in their career. Learn more

Vassilios Papadopoulos received an Honorary Investigator appointment to the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in 2022. This appointment recognizes his distinguished contributions in multiple roles: as former Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer of the RI-MUHC, senior scientist in the Metabolic Disorders and Complications Program, holder of the Phil Gold Chair in Medicine at McGill University, and mentor of numerous researchers and trainees. His vital role in obtaining Canada Foundation for Innovation funding for new research facilities at the Glen site, overseeing the move and establishing a new program structure have left an enduring legacy at the RI-MUHC.

Pramod Puligandla was named the 2022 Royal College Program Director of the Year. Learn more

Simon Rousseau was named director of the Canadian Respiratory Research Network as of January 2023. He will lead a network of outstanding investigators and trainees in the creation of projects on the national level. Learn more

Giada Sebastiani will represent Canada in the International Delphi Consensus on Metabolic Dysfunction-Associated Fatty Liver Disease and the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease. In August 2022 she joined a panel of 55 experts from more than 30 countries to determine the relationship between fatty liver disease and cardiovascular disease and provide recommendations for clinical practice in hepatology, cardiology, and endocrinology. Learn more

Nathan Spreng was elected a Member of the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC). Elected by their peers, RSC Fellows and Members must meet the criteria of having made remarkable contributions in the arts, the humanities, the sciences, and Canadian public life at an early stage in their career. Learn more

René St-Arnaud is the recipient of the 2022 Louis V. Avioli Founders Award from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. This award will be presented during the society’s 2022 Annual Meeting at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX, USA. Learn more

Togas Tulandi is the 2022 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Society for the Advancement of Gynecologic Excellence (CanSAGE). This award recognizes a gynecologist currently working or recently retired from practice in the surgical and/or medical management of benign gynecological conditions who have made a significant contribution to their field of expertise on a national level through leadership positions, research, advocacy or education. Learn more

Andrea Van Hulst received the 2022 Rosemary Wedderburn Brown Prize from McGill University. The prize recognizes individuals with outstanding scholarly potential and demonstrated research excellence in the early stages of their career. Learn more

—published August 2022– July 2023

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