Dr. Janet Pope named Distinguished Investigator

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Dr. Janet Pope, professor and chair of the Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, is this year's recipient of the Canadian Rheumatology Association's Distinguished Investigator Award. The award recognizes Dr. Pope's outstanding contributions in furthering rheumatology research in Canada.

Dr. Pope is one of the world's foremost rheumatology researchers, her work having impacted the care of patients with rheumatic diseases around the globe, particularly those with lupus and scleroderma. She is considered to be one of the few experts worldwide in systemic sclerosis (scleroderma) - a rare and debilitating disease that involves the hardening and tightening of the skin and connective tissues. At the same time, Dr. Pope's research activity is diverse. Her staggering 237 peer-reviewed publications and 290 published abstracts cover an array of rheumatic conditions.

Also having a significant impact, says the Canadian Rheumatology Association, is Dr. Pope's devotion to teaching. Since 1993 she has mentored 89 students, some of whom have gone on to make significant contributions in the field themselves. Five of Dr. Pope's trainees are now rheumatologists, and her colleagues, at St. Joseph's Hospital where she is the chair/chief of the Rheumatology Centre.

"Dr. Pope has had a major impact on the career development of a significant number of Canadian rheumatologists," says Dr. Carter Thorne, president, Canadian Rheumatology Association. "At any major rheumatology meeting, you're sure to find a multitude of students - affectionately known as Pope's pups - proudly presenting their research."

Dr. Pope juggles her busy career as physician, researcher and teacher with her most important role - that of mother to seven children.

(news release courtesy -St. Joseph's Health Care -London)