Canadian researcher honored for groundbreaking work in the area of critical care medicine
OTTAWA, Dec. 11, 2014 /CNW/ - Dr. Arthur S. Slutsky, Vice-President of Research at the St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, has received the 2014 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Health Researcher of the Year award for his outstanding efforts to advance pulmonary medicine and improve critical care practices. Dr. Slutsky was presented the award at a reception held at St. Michael's Hospital, last night.
CIHR awarded this career achievement to Dr. Slutsky in recognition of his contributions to improving the health of Canadians. Combining his expertise in engineering and medicine and applying it to patient-oriented work, Dr. Slutsky has improved approaches to pulmonary care and critical care, ultimately saving the lives of many.
The Health Researcher of the Year award was created to honour and recognize an outstanding Canadian researcher who has demonstrated a high degree of innovation, creativity, leadership and dedication in health research.
- The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's health research investment agency. It supports more 13,700 researchers and trainees across Canada.
- The CIHR Health Researcher of the Year Award is CIHR's most prestigious prize.
- This award provides an opportunity for CIHR to honour exceptional people for their remarkable contributions to health research.
"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I want to congratulate Dr. Slutsky on receiving this recognition for his outstanding contributions to improving the health of Canadians. His work is an excellent demonstration of the capacity for innovation in healthcare in this country."
The Honourable Rona Ambrose
Minister of Health
"Canadian researchers remain at the forefront of global advancement in our understanding of human health. On behalf of CIHR, I congratulate Dr. Slutsky, this year's recipient of the CIHR Health Researcher of the Year award. Dr. Slutsky is a world-leading scientist whose work has had enormous impact on the care of those who are critically ill and has shaped health care delivery here at home and around the world."
Dr. Alain Beaudet
President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
"I am humbled to receive this award. Canada is a powerhouse in health research, with many deserving candidates in different fields. The success I've had in my career is a testament to my superb collaborators at St. Michaels, the University of Toronto, and internationally and most importantly to my supportive family."
Dr. Arthur. S. Slutsky
2014 Recipient of the CIHR Health Researcher of the Year Award
Vice-President, Research, St. Michael's Hospital
"As a world leader in pulmonary and critical care medicine, Dr. Slutsky has been instrumental in helping St. Michael's become one of the premier critical care hospitals in the country. On behalf of the hospital, the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science and Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, I'd like to congratulate Art on this amazing achievement."
Dr. Robert Howard
President and Chief Executive Officer, St. Michael's Hospital
2014 CIHR Health Researcher of the Year – Profile of Dr. Arthur S. Slutsky
St. Michael's Hospital
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 health care system for Canadians. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 13,700 health researchers and trainees across Canada.
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Dr. Arthur Slutsky
2014 CIHR Health Researcher of the Year Prize Recipient
CIHR is presenting Dr. Arthur Slutsky with the 2014 CIHR Health Researcher of the Year award in honour of his outstanding work in the area of critical care medicine.
Dr. Slutsky's work in engineering and medicine has resulted in improved approaches to pulmonary care. He coined the term biotrauma to refer to lung damage caused by life-saving mechanical ventilators, and in the process helped create a new field of health research. His studies on ventilator-induced injury have spanned the health spectrum from basic research to clinical trials. His findings have had a tremendous impact on clinical practice and have played a role in reducing patient mortality. Dr. Slutsky is now applying his considerable expertise to help increase the number of eligible donor lungs available for transplantation.
Dr. Slutsky is currently the Vice-President Research at St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto. He is also the Keenan Chair in Medicine, St. Michael's Hospital and the University of Toronto. He was Director of Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine, University of Toronto from 2000 to 2013.
He has received numerous honours for his work, including the 2012 American Thoracic Society Assembly on Critical Care Lifetime Achievement Award. He also serves on the Data & Safety Monitoring Board of the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Clinical Network for the National Institutes of Health. He has served as advisor to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Biomedical Research, and was the only non-American Chair of a FDA Advisory Panel (Respiratory and Anesthesiology Devices).
CIHR's Health Researcher of the Year Award honours researchers who have demonstrated excellence in their field. This prestigious award recognizes innovation, creativity, leadership and dedication to health research, providing world-class researchers with funding to pursue critical research and to support and mentor trainees.
Image with caption: "Dr. Arthur S. Slutsky, Vice-President of Research at St. Michael’s Hospital, 2014 CIHR Health Researcher of the Year (photo: Yuri Markarov, St. Michael’s Hospital) (CNW Group/Canadian Institutes of Health Research)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141211_C6524_PHOTO_EN_9386.jpg
Image with caption: "Mr. Michel Perron, Canadian Institutes of Health Research; Dr. Arthur Slutsky, 2014 CIHR Health Researcher of the Year; Ms. Thérèse Roy, Canadian Institutes of Health Research; Mr. James Stott, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (photo: Yuri Markarov, St. Michael’s Hospital) (CNW Group/Canadian Institutes of Health Research)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141211_C6524_PHOTO_EN_9387.jpg
SOURCE: Canadian Institutes of Health Research
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