CIHR-CMAJ Top Canadian Achievements in Health Research Awards Announced
OTTAWA, March 18, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Institutes of Health
Research (CIHR) and the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) today honoured five outstanding Canadian individuals and teams. They
are the latest recipients of the CIHR-CMAJ Top Canadian Achievements in Health Research Awards, which celebrate
Canadian health research excellence.
The winners were selected by a peer-review panel of Canadian and
international experts, who looked for the discoveries and innovations
that had the biggest impact on the health of people in this country and
around the world.
The winners are:
Dr. Mark Wainberg, Director of the McGill University AIDS Centre, for his research on
antiviral drug resistance and his work leading to the discovery of
Lamivudine (3TC). Lamivudine is one of the world's most widely used
drugs in the treatment of HIV.
Dr. Darren Warburton of the School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Education, University of
British Columbia, for his contributions to the field of cardiovascular
physiology research. His knowledge translation work helped increase the
activity levels of Canadians, especially those in poor health.
Drs. Larry W. Chambers (Bruyère Research Institute in Ottawa); Lisa Dolovich and Lehana Thebane (McMaster University); Janusz Kaczorowski (University of Montreal); and Michael Paterson and Karen Tu (Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences) for their work in
developing the Cardiovascular Health Awareness Program (CHAP). Designed
to increase cardiovascular risk awareness at the community level, CHAP
has demonstrated that primary prevention integrated with family
physicians, community pharmacists, and community partners and
volunteers can significantly reduce the burden of cardiovascular
Drs. Brenda Hemmelgarn, Braden Manns and Marcello Tonelli of the Interdisciplinary Chronic Disease Collaboration (Edmonton and
Calgary). Their research and knowledge translation activities helped
realize great improvements in the treatments of hypertension, diabetes,
chronic kidney disease and vascular disease.
Dr. Garnette Sutherland, of the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Calgary for
his contributions to the field of neurosurgery. He drastically improved
surgical performance and patient outcomes with intraoperative magnetic
resonance imaging (iMRI) surgery and the neuroArm, a robotic
"As Canada's primary funder of health research, CIHR is very proud to
partner with the CMAJ in recognizing the talent, leadership and dedication to excellence of
these individuals, whose work has helped position this country at the
forefront of medicine and health worldwide," said Dr. Alain Beaudet,
President of CIHR. "I also applaud the emphasis they have placed on
translating new knowledge into meaningful measures that make a real
difference in people's lives."
"Canada has a strong tradition of high-quality health research that has
impact around the world," said Dr. John Fletcher, Editor-in-Chief of CMAJ. "We are pleased to celebrate, in partnership with CIHR, these talented
researchers whose outstanding achievements in medicine will help make a
difference in the lives of people in Canada and beyond."
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. www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca
CMAJ, Canada's major medical journal, showcases innovative research and ideas
aimed at improving health for people in Canada and globally. It
publishes original CMAJ clinical research, analyses and reviews, news, practice updates and
thought-provoking editorials. CMAJ has an impact factor of 8.2 and its website receives over 2 million
unique visitors a year.
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SOURCE: Canadian Institutes of Health Research
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