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CIHR’s Canadian Health Research Awards and Prix Galien Canada Name 2009 Awardees

Awardees were announced today for CIHR’s Canadian Health Research Awards and for the Prix Galien Canada. It’s great to see awards that cross such a broad spectrum: basic and applied research; and molecular and population-based approaches.

The CIHR awardees are:

  • Dr. Nahum Sonenberg at McGill for his pioneering work on translation control mechanisms, opening the door to new treatments for diseases such as cancer and HIV/AIDS.
  • Dr. Michael Boyle at McMaster for his work on the relationship between children’s health and their environment, and for his work to improve research techniques and methodology in this area.
  • Dr. Lynne-Marie Postovit at Western for her work on how oxygen levels and other micro-environmental signals influence the behaviour and development of normal and cancer stem cells.

The Prix Galien Canada consists of two prizes — the Research Award and the Innovative Product Award:

  • Dr. Donald Weaver at Dalhousie  is receiving the Prix Galien Research Award for his efforts to design novel drug therapies to treat chronic neurological disorders such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.
  • Pfizer Canada Inc. is receiving the Prix Galien for Innovative Product for Champix™ (pdf), the first in a new class of prescription medications to help people stop smoking.

Congratulations to the winners! Hope everyone had a good time in Ottawa tonight.

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