Five outstanding individuals become the next inductees of The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame



    LONDON, ON, March 1 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame is
pleased to announce the 2007 inductees. The five inductees are true heroes of
health care - individuals who have contributed to the understanding of disease
and the improved health and well-being of people everywhere.

    
    They are:

    Dr. Elizabeth Bagshaw    From the onset, Dr. Bagshaw was different.
    (1881 - 1982)            Despite opposition from medical colleagues and
                             local clergy, she courageously became actively
                             involved in Canada's first and illegal birth
                             control clinic as its medical director, a
                             position she held for 34 years. As a family
                             doctor, Dr. Bagshaw traveled about Hamilton by
                             horse and carriage, bicycle and later by car
                             serving many low-income families until retiring
                             at age 95. A Member of the Order of Canada
                             (1972) with an Honourary degree from McMaster
                             University, Dr. Bagshaw was an advocate for
                             women, a true humanitarian and is now a
                             treasured part of our medical heritage.

    Dr. Felix d'Herelle      Once described as the "Indiana Jones of
    (1873 - 1949)            science", Montreal-born Dr. d'Herelle discovered
                             bacteriophages - viruses that infect and destroy
                             bacteria - while at the Institut de Pasteur in
                             Paris in 1915. A vagabond scholar and self-
                             taught scientist, his persistence in the face of
                             bitter opposition was eventually recognized as
                             laying the foundation for molecular biology.

    Dr. Jean Dussault        A compassionate and modest man, Dr. Dussault's
    (1941 - 2003)            single monumental contribution has made a
                             towering impact worldwide. A simple screening
                             test developed by Dr. Dussault in the mid-70s at
                             the Université Laval resulted in more than
                             100,000 children being saved from irreversible
                             mental retardation due to congenital
                             hypothyroidism. A Member of the Order of Canada
                             (1988), Dr. Dussault was also nominated for the
                             Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1982.

    Senator Dr. Wilbert      As a charismatic leader, surgeon, educator,
    Keon                     investigator and more recently a Senator,
    (Born in 1935)           Dr. Keon is known both nationally and
                             internationally for his work in cardiology and
                             cardiac surgery. Clearly a builder, Dr. Keon
                             turned a unique and obscure dream into a
                             magnificent reality by founding of the
                             University of Ottawa's Heart Institute. From the
                             beginning under his leadership, this highly-
                             specialized cardiac institution has dedicated
                             50% of its space to research and discovery
                             contributing to modern prevention and treatment
                             of coronary artery disease. In addition to
                             numerous awards, Dr. Keon is an Officer of the
                             Order of Canada (1984).

    Dr. Endel Tulving        No single cognitive scientist has made a greater
    (Born in 1927)           impact on the understanding of human memory than
                             psychologist Dr. Tulving. His theories now guide
                             the whole field of memory research. About to
                             celebrate his 80th birthday, Dr. Tulving
                             continues to publish ground-breaking work often
                             proposing ideas that are controversial but
                             backed by sound empirical evidence. Humble
                             almost to a fault, Dr. Tulving is a recipient of
                             the Gairdner International Award (2005) and is
                             an Officer of the Order of Canada (2006).
    

    "I feel greatly honoured to be elected to The Canadian Medical Hall of
Fame, and am delighted with this totally unexpected happening. The fact that,
as a freshly arrived immigrant in 1949, I began my life in Canada working on a
farm close to London, Ontario and that The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame has
its home in London render the whole experience especially wondrous. I seem to
have come full circle. I am deeply grateful to all my colleagues, known and
unknown, who have made it all possible," says 2007 inductee Dr. Endel Tulving
of the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest.
    The 2007 inductees were selected by an independent committee of prominent
leaders from the medical community.
    "This year's inductees have made truly significant contributions to
Canada and the world. Their stories are fascinating and their contributions,
whether a single meritorious one or a lifetime of accomplishments, are truly
outstanding," says Dr. Alan Bernstein, President of the Canadian Institutes of
Health Research (CIHR) and Chair of the CMHF Selection Committee. "The
selection committee is gratified to be involved with an organization that pays
tribute to the dedication and commitment of Canadian scientists and health
professionals."
    The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame will formally induct the five incoming
laureates on October 2, 2007 at the Hilton hotel in London, Ontario. Over 500
leaders from Canada's business and health care industries, including the
Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, will be present to honour these
remarkable individuals.

    The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame is the only national organization
dedicated to recognizing the accomplishments of Canada's health care heroes.
Through an exhibit hall in downtown London, Ontario and a national educational
program, thousands of Canadians gain a greater appreciation of our country's
contribution to global health care, and more young people pursue careers in
the health sciences.




For further information:

For further information: please contact: Janet Tufts, Executive
Director, (519) 488-2003, jtufts@cdnmedhall.org; Biographies of the current 66
laureates are available on The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame website at
www.cdnmedhall.org


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