Three researchers among new Canadian Academy of Health Sciences Fellows

By Communications

Three researchers at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry have been elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS).

Dr. Cindy Hutnik, Adrian Owen, PhD, and Dr. Carlos Quiñonez are among the 48 individuals to receive the honour this year.

CAHS Fellows are nominated by their peers and selected in a competitive process based on their internationally recognized leadership, academic performance, scientific creativity, and willingness to serve.

“Becoming a member of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences recognizes Fellows’ dedication to health sciences,” said Dr. Marie-France Raynault, President, CAHS. “We are proud of their accomplishments, and we are honoured to welcome them to the Academy.”

Dr. Cindy Hutnik in a clinical environmentDr. Cindy Hutnik

Dr. Cindy Hutnik is the chair of Ophthalmology and professor in Pathology at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, as well as the ophthalmologist-in-chief at Ivey Eye Institute, St. Joseph’s Health Care London. Her major research interest is focused on the pathophysiology and management of glaucoma.

Hutnik has contributed to evidence-based directives on clinical practice guidelines, disease screening, disease management, shared responsibilities and health-care trends, including the creation of Quality Standard documents for Health Quality Ontario. She has supervised and mentored the research activities of more than 200 students at all levels of training. Her work has been presented and published both nationally and internationally and has been recognized with dozens of awards. She is a past president of the Canadian Glaucoma Society and currently serves as the governing chair of the Academic Medical Organization of Southwestern Ontario. She is also the inaugural Marcel and Louise Brunette Research Chair in Ophthalmology.

Adrian Owen pictured on campusAdrian Owen, PhD

Adrian Owen, PhD, is a professor in Physiology & Pharmacology and Psychology, with a focus on cognitive neuroscience and imaging. He co-directs the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research’s Brain, Mind, and Consciousness program. Owen’s research combines structural and functional neuroimaging with neuropsychological studies of brain-injured patients.

Owen is best known for showing that functional neuroimaging can reveal conscious awareness in some patients who appear to be entirely vegetative and can even allow some of these individuals to communicate their thoughts and wishes to the outside world. These findings have attracted widespread media attention on TV, radio, in print and online and have been the subject of many TV and radio documentaries.

He has published over 400 scientific articles and chapters and a bestselling popular science book Into the Gray Zone. In 2019, he was awarded an Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for services to scientific research.

Dr. Carlos Quinonez pictured on campusDr. Carlos Quiñonez

Dr. Carlos Quiñonez is the vice dean and director, Dentistry. His scholarship centres on the history, politics and economics of dentistry with a focus on health and social equity. He is a world authority on the political economy of dentistry, having published the only monograph in this area, and his research is regularly used by public and private agencies to enhance their practice. His work is shaping the landscape of public dental care programs to the benefit of millions of Canadians.

Quiñonez is a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, International College of Dentists and American College of Dentists. He has received numerous awards, including the Award of Merit from the Canadian Dental Association and a Committee Service Award from the Ontario Dental Association.