Celebrating your achievements

Congratulations to:

Frank Beier, PhD, Ian Villamagna, PhD Candidate, and Matthew Teeter, PhD, were among those named to the Arthritis Society’s Top 10 Research Advances of 2019 list. Beier and Villamagna were acknowledged for their work in developing a new delivery method for an anti-inflammatory drug. Teeter was honoured for his research into wearable technology used as a pre- and post-operative assessment tool for knee replacement surgery.

Dr. Achal Dhir received the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society (CAS) Humanitarian Award.

Dr. Elizabeth Finger received the PSI-50 Mid-Career Clinical Research Award from PSI Foundation for her project "Treating apathy and empathy deficits in Frontotemporal Dementia."

Drs. Daniel Grushka, Sandra Northcott and Teresa Van Deven, PhD, were recognized by the Canadian Association for Medical Education with Certificate of Merit Awards.

Ornela Kljakic, PhD Candidate, was awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from the Governor General of Canada, one of the country’s highest honours for volunteerism. She was recognized for eight years of volunteer work with Frontier College, where she helps youth who struggle with literacy.

Dr. Peeyush Lala is the recipient of the 2020 Henry Gray Scientific Achievement Award from the American Association for Anatomy (AAA). He is being recognized for his novel discoveries relating to reproduction and cancer.

Dr. Mary Lee Myers was named a Member of the Order of Canada. Dr. Myers was acknowledged for her leadership and volunteerism as a board member of the Stratford Festival and the London Community Foundation.

Saman Maleki, PhD, received Catalyst Grants for Translational Cancer Research on two projects.

Research by Bekim Sadikovic, PhD, was recognized as part of the National Human Genome Research Institute’s 10 most significant advances in genomic medicine in 2019. His lab has created what is now the world’s largest database of epigenetic DNA ‘fingerprints’ of hereditary genetic conditions – called EpiSigns – that allow for more accurate diagnosis.

Cheryle Séguin, PhD, received two grants from the Arthritis Society to support her research into back pain and arthritis.

Dr. Saverio Stranges was elected Vice President for the European Public Health Association’s Chronic Diseases section, which aims to increase and spread knowledge on chronic disease control.