Recent Honours and Awards
Professor Patricia Houston has been honoured with the 2021 Ian Hart Award for Distinguished Contribution to Medical Education by the Canadian Association for Medical Education. This award recognizes senior faculty who have made exceptional contributions to medical education throughout their academic careers. Dr. Houston has been Vice Dean of the MD Program, and was recently appointed Vice Dean, Medical Education at the University of Toronto. In this expanded role, Dr. Houston retains responsibility for the MD Program with additional oversight of Postgraduate Medical Education and Continuing Professional Development programs.
The U.S. Brain & Behavior Research Foundation has honoured Professor Anne Bassett with the 2020 Lieber Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Schizophrenia Research, which comes with $50,000. Dr. Bassett is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at U of T and is director of the clinical genetics research program at the Campbell Research Institute, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She is also director of the Dalglish Family Hearts and Minds Clinic at the Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network, the world's first clinic for adults with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome.
Professor Sachdev Sidhu has been elected a Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Inventors. The honour recognizes academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. Dr. Sidhu is a professor Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, and in the Department of Molecular Genetics at U of T.
Professor Peter Tzakas has been honoured with the 2020 PA Educator of the Year Award from the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants, in recognition of his significant impact on the education of PAs in Canada. Dr. Tzakas is the program director of the PA Program and a professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, as well as a physician at Michael Garron Hospital.
Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 is an awards program that identifies outstanding young achievers in Canadian business, visionaries and innovators changing the way things are done, and honourees often create even more remarkable track records of achievement post-award.
Three faculty members from Temerty Medicine made the list this year: Dr. Nir Lipsman, a professor of Surgery at U of T and a neurosurgeon at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; Dr. Trevor Pugh, an assistant professor of medical biophysics at U of T and a senior scientist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network; and Dr. Juveria Zaheer, an assistant professor of Psychiatry at U of T and a clinician scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
The Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities has honoured Professor Scott Gray-Owen with an Award of Excellence, for his role in facilitating and overseeing research and training in U of T's combined containment level 3 laboratory. The award recognizes exemplary work by professors and instructors at Ontario’s publicly-assisted, Indigenous and private postsecondary institutions during COVID-19. Dr. Gray-Owen is a professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and the academic director of the C-CL3 unit at U of T.
Professor Daniel Drucker is one of three winners of the 2020 Warren Alpert Prize. Dr. Drucker, who is also a senior scientist at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health, was recognized along with Joel Habener of Harvard Medical School and Jens Juul Holst of the University of Copenhagen. The trio won for their discoveries about the function of key intestinal hormones, the hormones' effects on metabolism and subsequent design of treatments for Type 2 diabetes, obesity and short bowel syndrome.
The $500,000 award will be shared among the recipients, and is given by the Warren Alpert Foundation in recognition of work that has improved the understanding, prevention, treatment or cure of human disease. The prize is administered by Harvard Medical School.
The Brain Injury Association of America has honoured Professor Angela Colantonio with the 2020 William Fields Caveness Award, for research on a national and international level that has improved the lives of people with brain injury. Dr. Colantonio is the director of U of T's Rehabilitation Sciences Institute and a professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. She is also a senior research scientist at the KITE/Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network.
Professor Anne-Claude Gingras has been elected as a 2020 associate member of the European Molecular Biology Organization, for her achievements in life sciences. Dr. Gingras is a professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics at U of T and a senior investigator at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health. She is an expert in mass spectrometry-based proteomics technology that allows identification and quantification of proteins from various biological samples.
The Faculty of Medicine Office of Communications has been honoured with a 2020 Circle of Excellence Award (Gold) from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, in the category of Magazines, Alumni/General Interest. The award recognizes UofTMed magazine's winter 2019 and spring 2019 issues, on death and sex respectively.
The Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education honoured the Faculty of Medicine's Office of Communications with the 2020 Gold Award for Best Print Magazine as part of their Prix d'Excellence Celebration. The award recognized the Faculty's Death issue, published in winter 2019, which looked at the experience of dying in Canada and how we can make it better.
The Canadian Nutrition Society has honoured Professor Deborah O'Connor with the 2020 Earle Willard McHenry Award for Distinguished Service in Nutrition, which recognizes teaching, leadership and research. Dr. O'Connor is professor and chair in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and a scientist in the Joannah & Brian Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition at U of T. She is also a senior associate scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children, with a focus on maternal and infant nutrition and health.
The Canadian Nutrition Society has honoured Professors Harvey Anderson, David Jenkins and Mary L'Abbé with 2020 Fellow Distinction Awards. These new awards are part of the Society's 10th anniversary celebrations, and recognize outstanding contributions to nutrition science or practice in Canada and globally. All three faculty members are professors in U of T's Department of Nutritional Sciences and the Joannah & Brian Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition. Dr. Jenkins is a professor in the Department of Medicine at U of T as well, and a staff physician and scientist at St. Michael's Hospital, Unity Health Toronto. Dr. Anderson is also a professor of Physiology.
The U.S. National Academy of Sciences has honoured Professors Brenda Andrews and Lewis Kay as international members. They were two of just 26 scientists to receive the recognition, joining a total of 501 scientists from countries outside the U.S. Dr. Andrews is the director of the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, and a professor of Molecular Genetics at U of T. Dr. Kay is a professor of Molecular Genetics, Chemistry and Biochemistry at U of T, and a senior scientist at SickKids Research Institute.
Professor Debra Katzman has been honoured with the Lawrence S. Neinstein Award in Young Adult Health from the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. The award recognizes an individual whose educational scholarship has had a significant and positive impact on young adult health. Dr. Katzman is a professor of Paediatrics at U of T, a physician at The Hospital for Sick Children and a senior associate scientist at SickKids Research Institute.
The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada has honoured Professor Meredith Giuliani with the 2020 Young Educators Award, which recognizes individuals within their first seven years as a faculty member who have produced change in their university or in the medical community as a whole through their vision, work, and interaction with colleagues. Dr. Guiliani is an associate professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology and a staff radiation oncologist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada has honoured Professor Kathy Boutis with the 2020 John Ruedy Award for Innovation in Medical Education, which recognizes individuals or groups who have developed innovative print materials, electronic learning aids or other teaching aids. Dr. Boutis is a professor in the Department of Paediatrics and a staff physician at The Hospital for Sick Children.
Professor Daniel Drucker has been awarded the Endocrine Society's John D. Baxter Prize for Entrepreneurship for his contributions to diabetes treatment, which include finding new mechanisms of hormone action that have enabled development of drugs for patients with type 2 diabetes. The society awards the prize biennially, along with $50,000. Dr. Drucker is a professor in the Departments of Medicine, and Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, at U of T. He is also a senior scientist at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health System.
The American Oil Chemists’ Society health and nutrition division has recognized Professor Richard Bazinet with the Ralph Holman Lifetime Achievement Award — the society's highest honor. Dr. Bazinet is a professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at U of T, who studies the regulation and role of brain lipid metabolism in neurodegenerative diseases and neuropsychiatric disorders.
Professor Jill Cameron has been elected as a Fellow of the American Heart Association, for scientific and professional accomplishments, volunteer leadership and service. Dr. Cameron is a professor in the Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, as well as the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at U of T. She is also an affiliate scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network.
Professor Michael Fehlings has been honoured with the 2019 Vilhelm Magnus Medal from the Norwegian Neurosurgical Society. Dr. Fehlings is a professor of Surgery at U of T and a senior scientist at the Krembil Research Institute, Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network.