TORONTO, May 21, 2013 /CNW/ - A scientist from Queen's University has
received the 2012 Barbara Turnbull Award for Spinal Cord Research, an
annual prize supported through a partnership between the Barbara
Turnbull Foundation for Spinal Cord Research, Brain Canada, and the
CIHR Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction.
Dr. Stephen Scott, a Professor in the Department of Biomedical and
Molecular Sciences at Queen's University, received this honour in
recognition of his outstanding research focused on helping Canadians
who suffer the effects of spinal cord trauma and stroke.
"Our Government is committed to advancing research that helps improve
the health and quality of life of Canadians living with spinal cord
injury," says the Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State
(Transport). "I offer my sincere congratulations to Dr. Scott and
encourage him in his efforts to translate research findings into better
treatment and health outcomes."
"I am honoured and pleased to receive this prestigious award," says Dr.
Scott. "It will help me provide a better understanding of how we
control our movements so that we can ultimately improve mobility for
people who have spinal cord injuries."
Dr. Scott and his research team focus on how feedback to the primary
motor cortex, which is a key region in the brain for voluntary control,
interacts with spinal activity. This will enable them to understand how
sensory feedback from the limb (and vision) is essential while
performing voluntary motor skills, such as reaching and grasping a cup
or other objects in the world. This knowledge will also bring insights
into the impact of neurological disorders, such as stroke, on brain
function and motor performance.
"I am thrilled that the award is going to Dr. Scott this year," said
Barbara Turnbull, Chair and President of the Barbara Turnbull
Foundation. "His research is focused on an essential piece of the
spinal cord puzzle being worked on by many scientists around the
Barbara Turnbull is a well-known Toronto journalist and research
activist who was shot and paralyzed from the neck down during a
convenience store robbery when she was 18.
The Barbara Turnbull Award for Spinal Cord Research was established in
2001 to support research and raise awareness of the more than 86,000
Canadians who are living with a spinal cord injury, with 4,300 new
cases each year. The prize is presented annually to the researcher who
scores the highest ranking in the Canadian Institutes of Health
Research Operating Grants competition for research in the field of
spinal cord injuries. This award is for $50,000.
This long-standing award is an important recognition of the
accomplishments and outstanding individuals in the field and we are
proud to count Dr. Scott among the awardees," says Inez Jabalpurwala,
President and CEO of Brain Canada.
"CIHR understands the necessity to partner with other organizations so
that we can combine our knowledge of the brain and invest in Canada's
best spinal cord injury researchers," says Dr. Anthony Phillips,
Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and
Brain Canada is a national, charitable organization with the goal of
funding research aimed at unlocking the mystery of the brain in order
to develop diagnostics, treatments and ultimately cures for brain
disorders. It raises funds from private sources and partners with
other organizations that share a commitment to advancing brain
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of
Canada's health research investment agency. CIHR's mission is to create
new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved
health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened
Canadian health care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides
leadership and support to more than 14,100 health researchers and
trainees across Canada.
SOURCE: Canadian Institutes of Health Research
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