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2013

  • Dr. Nahum Sonenberg has been awarded The Royal Society of Canada’s most prestigious gold plated silver McLaughlin Medal. The Royal Society of Canada is the senior national academy of distinguished Canadian scholars, artists and scientists.  The McLaughlin Medal honors sustained excellence in medical science. We are delighted that Nahum’s work on the control of protein synthesis in cancer, autism, learning and memory and microRNA function has been awarded this prestigious honor. Heartiest congratulations! Well deserved. McGill Reporter [2013 Sept 6]
  • Uri David Akavia, new Assistant Professor, start date August 1, 2013.

  • Drs. Josée Dostie and Joe Teodoro were successful in being promoted to Associate Professor with tenure, June 1, 2013.

  • Dr. Albert Berghuis, has been appointed Interim Chair, Department of Biochemistry, May 15, 2013.
  • Dr. Philip Awadalla from the University of Montreal, was appointed an Adjunct member in our department, May 1, 2013.
  • Drs. Imed Gallouzi, Elisa Izaurralde and Georg Stoecklin are among the best specialists in the metabolism RNA and spoke at the fifth international conference on the subject held in Illkirch. [Article attached, 2013 Apr 26] embo-igbmc_alsace_260413_2.pdf
  • Dr. Michel Tremblay has been awarded the Canadian Cancer Society’s 2012 Robert L. Noble Award.  The Robert L. Noble Prize is given for outstanding achievements in cancer research. It honours Dr Noble, an esteemed Canadian investigator whose research in the 1950s led to the discovery of vincristine, a widely-used anti-cancer drug. At the time, vincristine was one of the most effective treatments available for Hodgkin’s disease.  Congratulations to Michel, a great achievement for McGill. [2013 Apr 2]
  • Dr. Imed Gallouzi was promoted to Full Professor, April 1, 2013.
  • Dr. Sidong Huang, new Assistant Professor, start date January 1, 2013.

2012

  • Dr. Michel Tremblay has been awarded the Canadian Cancer Society’s 2012 Robert L. Noble Award. The Robert L. Noble Prize is given for outstanding achievements in cancer research. It honours Dr Noble, an esteemed Canadian investigator whose research in the 1950s led to the discovery of vincristine, a widely-used anti-cancer drug. At the time, vincristine was one of the most effective treatments available for Hodgkin’s disease. [2013 Apr 2]
  • Dr. Thomas Duchaine was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure, June 1, 2012.
  • Dr. Edward Fon from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Dr. Gergely Lukacs from the Department of Physiology, were appointed Associate members in our department, July 1, 2012.

2011

  • Dr. Philippe Gros - Foundation of Stars, 2011 Prize for Scientific Career Achievements; Canadian Gene Cure Foundation, 2011; Champions of Genetics Prize
  • Dr. R. McInnes. - A Champion of Genetics, The Canadian Gene Cure Foundation; The Alcon/ARVO Keynote Speaker, Opening Session, Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • Dr. Michel Tremblay - Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
  • Dr. Maria Zannis-Hadjopoulos -  Member (elected), MAUT Council; Assessor for McGill University (nominated), Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Prohibited by Law (for the period of 2010-2013); Member (MAUT Representative), Advisory Committee to Recommend on the Principal’s Awards for Administrative and Support Staff ; Member (MAUT Representative), McGill Centraide Campaign Committee; Committee Member, CIHR China-Canada Joint Health Research Initiative - Grants Program
  • Associate Member, Jacques Genest - Margolese National Brain and Heart Disorders Prize (Inaugural) U British Columbia; Elected Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS); McGill-Novartis Chair in Medicine, Department of Medicine, McGill University (2010-15)
  • Associate Member, Dr. Youla Tsantrizos - Promotion to Full Professor; Fessenden Professorship Award in Science Innovation
  • The Biochemical Society, U.K. introduced a new award in 2011, to celebrate its first 100 years, which will be awarded annually.  The first Centenary Award winner is our colleague, Dr. Nahum Sonenberg
    Nahum will present the Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins Memorial Lecture, which will be published in Biochemical Society Transactions at the Biochemical Society Centenary celebration event on December 15, 2011. This is an award of high distinction!! 
  • Dr. Anne-Claude Gingras, Principal Investigator, Scientist, Mount Sinai Hospital and former graduate student from Dr. Sonenberg's lab, has been awarded Canada's Most Powerful Top 100 Women. One of only a handful of scientists to be included among the list of Canada's leading women in their fields. She is renowned for her studies of protein interactions that play a role in the development of cancer, drug resistance and immunity. Congratulations on her incredible success. 2011 Dec. 1.
  • Dr. P.E. Branton - Member, Academy of Science of the Royal Society of Canada; The Canadian Cancer Research Alliance (CCRA)announced the recipients of its inaugural awards, which recognize contributions to cancer research in Canada. Dr. Philip E. Branton received the award for Exceptional Leadership in Cancer Research for his outstanding contributions to the development of the cancer research community and inter-agency research collaboration in Canada through the founding of the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance. Congratulations on this award, read more in Med-e News, 2011 Nov. 23
  • Dr. Nahum Sonenberg -  Canadian Institutes of Health Research 2009 Health Researcher of the Year Award in Biomedical and Clinical Research; Officer of the Order of Canada, 2010. Congratulations to our Biochemistry Department colleague Professor Nahum Sonenberg, who has received the 41st Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Science, "for his transformative studies of the control of protein synthesis in mammalian cells". His research on the mechanism and control of protein synthesis has had and continues to have, a huge impact on our understanding of many fundamental biological  processes underlying diabetes, cancer, viral infection, immunology,  and memory. 2011 Oct. 26.
  • The Symposium to celebrate the opening of the Cystic Fibrosis Translational Research Centre (CFTRc) on October 17, 2011, was very successful. The goal of the CFTRc is to find a cure for cystic fibrosis. The CFTRc provides a platform for basic CF research and the development of therapies targeting the basic defect that underlies Cystic Fibrosis and other protein trafficking diseases. It has been established with the support the successful CFI 6 application (The McGill University Life Sciences Complex (MULSC): “Disease to therapy initiative”, total value $26.5M, that paid for renovations and new equipment) and is located in the McIntyre Medical Sciences building. It is part of a larger McGill initiative on orphan and neglected diseases.
    Operating support for CFTRc projects has been provided by the CIHR, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics (USA), GenomeQuebec, and by contracts and collaborations with pharmaceutical companies.
    Thanks to funding from the E. Mackenzie Harpur Paediatric Fund and the BREATHE (RESPIRE) program of Cystic Fibrosis Canada, we have established a network of clinical collaborators in Quebec and the infrastructure needed to study airway cells obtained during lung transplantation and other procedures in the search for an effective therapy.
    We expect the centre to grow as resources become available. Current members include; John Hanrahan, (founding Director); Gergely Lukacs; David Thomas; Jason Young; Michael Hallett; Simon Rousseau; Larry Lands; Dao Nguyen; Yves Berthiaume (CHUM- Hotel Dieu); Andre Cantin (CHUS- Fleurimont); Raymond Andersen (Dept. Chemistry, UBC).
  • Congratulations to Mathieu Flamand, from Dr. Thomas Duchaine’s lab, on being one of the top Ph.D. recipients of a Vanier Scholarship at McGill. This scholarship is administered by Canada’s three federal granting agencies: CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC. This prestigious award aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies and leadership skills. Another recipient, Long Nguyen, a former undergraduate in Biochemistry who worked in Dr. Kalle Gehring’s lab, won a Vanier Scholarship through the University of British Columbia. This award is a major accomplishment and Mathieu Flamand and Long Nguyen are to be congratulated for their excellent work. 2011 May 26
  • Christine Laberge, Students Affairs Officer (Graduate Program/ Undergraduate Program Advisor), has won the 2009-2010 McGill Award for Excellence in Service to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This award recognizes all the qualities of dedication, service, patience, help and professionalism that we know so well. Congratulations to Christine! 2011 Jan. 28
  • The CIHR-Institute of Infection and Immunity (III) has selected Dr. T. Martin Schmeing as its first laureate for the Bhagirath Singh Early Career Award in Infection and Immunity. This award was established to honour the outstanding work of III’s inaugural Scientific Director, Dr. Bhagirath Singh. To recognize the excellence of research being done in Canada, this prize is awarded annually to a new investigator in the field of Infection and Immunity. His research project entitled, Structural and Function Studies of Nonribosomal Peptide Synthetases, was highly ranked in the 2010 March competition, and proved to be the highest among both Open competitions of the year 2010 for new investigators. The project is very innovative and has the potential to find novel ways to synthesize new bio-active molecules that may impact infectious and immunological diseases. 2011 Feb. 22

2009-2010

  • Dr. Nahum Sonenberg (Officer), is one of 74 recipients of the Order of Canada as announced by Governor-General Michaëlle Jean, which includes 13 honorees who have close ties to the University.
    The complete list of Order of Canada recipients 06 July 2010
  • Dr. Nahum Sonenberg has been named the 2009 Health Researcher of the Year in Biomedical and Clinical Research by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for his pioneering study and analysis of translation control mechanisms, the process by which the genetic information stored in our DNA is turned into proteins. His research has opened the door to new treatments for diseases such as cancer and HIV/AIDS. Congratulatons for winning this prestigious award.
  • Dr. Jason Young was successful in being promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.
  • Dr. Martin Schmeing was appointed assistant professor in Biochemistry.
  • Drs. Robert MacKenzie, Walter Mushynski and Rhoda Blostein retired and were appointment Professor Emeriti.
  • Dr. Roderick McInnes was appointed a Professor in Biochemistry jointly with the Department of Human Genetics.
  • Magdalena Korczynska from the Berghuis Lab was awarded the RCSB PDB Poster Prize, at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Crystallographic Association, Toronto.
  • In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Rose Johnstone: 1928-2009 - Our esteemed colleague, Dr. Rose Mamelak Johnstone, PhD FRSC, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 3, 2009. Rose was the Chair of the Department of Biochemistry from 1980-1990. She will be greatly missed by all – for her research, her teaching, her feisty disposition, and her warm heart.

2008-2009

  • In Memoriam: Professor Annette Herscovics: 1938-2008 - Our colleague Dr. Annette Herscovics of the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Center and the Department of Biochemistry, passed away on Saturday, September 6, 2008. Dr. Herscovics was a pioneer in the field of glycobiology, which involves the study of sugars, or glycans, and their role in biology and medicine. We all knew Annette for her indomitable human spirit and courage, and also of course as a colleague who made enormous contributions to the science of glycobiology
  • In Memoriam: Professor Angus Frederick Graham: 1916-2008 - Professor Angus Graham, M.A.Sc., Ph.D., D.Sc., F.R.S.C., former Chair of the Department of Biochemistry - 1970-1980, passed away Monday, August 4, 2008. Angus is fondly remembered as a remarkable character and charismatic leader of the Department, with many research achievements in virology.
  • Dr. Gregory Miller from the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics was made an associate member in our department.
  • Dr. Julie St-Pierre was appointed assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry, the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Centre, and the Department of Oncology.
  • Dr. Janusz Rak from the Montreal Children's Hospital Research Institute was made an associate member in our department.
  • Dr. Nicole Beauchemin was nominated by the Quebec Division of the Canadian Cancer Society for a prize from the NCIC for scientists’ best communicating the Public (the competition was cancelled later by the NCIC).
  • Dr. Philip Branton - Named Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee, Terry Fox Research Institute.
  • Dr. Josée Dostie received the TFF Equipment Grant for New Investigators.
  • Dr. Philippe Gros, one of three McGill professors, to win the most prestigious 2009 $100,000 Killam Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts in May 2009 - Canada's most important award for career contributions to research. See McGill Reporter.
  • Dr. Maria Zannis-Hadjopoulos - Member (elected), MAUT Council Senator (elected representative for the Faculty of Medicine), McGill University Senate Member (elected representative for the Faculty of Medicine), and Senate Nominating Committee, McGill University.
  • Dr. Jacques Genest - Member, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) and he received the Sharron Axler Feifer Award of Excellence, Fondation des Maladies du Coeur du Quebec.
  • Dr. Michael Hallett received the Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, Germany.
  • Dr. Maya Saleh – The Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Investigator in the pathogenesis of infectious diseases.
  • Dana Bailey Nyholt (Dr. Jacques Genest’s lab) was one of the eleven top Ph.D. recipients of a Vanier Scholarship. This prestigious award is given to pursue studies at the doctoral level in a wide variety of disciplines that span health sciences, the arts, education and the physical sciences. Dana's research focuses on the application of the molecular understanding of high-density lipoprotein biogenesis to provide surrogate endpoints for use in an atherosclerosis therapy study. This award is a major accomplishment and demonstrates a high standard of scholarly achievement. 

2007-2008

  • Both Dr. Josée Dostie and Dr. Jose Teodoro received the Canadian Foundation for Innovation - Leaders Opportunity Fund
  • Dr. Michel Tremblay was named Personality of the Week: La Presse and also for Discovery of the Year: Quebec Science
  • Dr. Thomas Duchaine - Discovery of the Year: Quebec Science (with Dr. Sonenberg)
  • Dr. Nahum Sonenberg has won the 2008 Gairdner Foundation International Award for his "pioneering discoveries in cellular translation of genetic information".
  • Dr. Peter Braun was one of three McGill recipients of the CAME Certificate of Merit Award for Medical Teaching.
  • Dr. Marie-Eve Bordeleau (Dr. Pelletier's lab) was awarded the Gordon A. Maclachlan Prize. This prize is given to an outstanding McGill graduate receiving a graduate degree in 2007-2008 in any discipline of the Biological and Health Sciences, in recognition of her exemplary academic record, excellence of the thesis and the significance of the research. Marie-Eve Bordeleau and Jerry Pelletier's research article, published in J. Clin. Invest.

  • Dr. Desiree Fong (Dr. Albert Berghuis' lab) is the recipient of the 2007 Award of Excellence of the Academy of Great Montrealers. In collaboration with the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, this award is to recognize outstanding contributions of Montreal universities, their affiliated schools and specialized institutions to the economic, scientific, social and cultural development of Montreal.
  • Dr. Albert Berghuis was appointed full Professor.
  • The International Centre for Diffraction Data (ICDD) is pleased to announce that Magdalena Korczynska (Berghuis Lab) has been selected as a recipient of a 2008 Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Award. The Ludo Frevel Crystallographic Scholarship is an award to support the education and research program of promising graduate students in crystallography-related fields.
  • Dr. Vassilios Papadopoulos (Director, Research Institute of the MUHC) and Dr. Qutayba Hamid (Meakins-Christie Laboratories) were made associate members in our department.
  • Dr. Imed Gallouzi (June 1, 2007) was successful in being promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.
  • Dr. Morag Park has been elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and made the CIHR Director of Institute of Cancer.
  • Dr. Maya Saleh was the Rising Star in Immunology, Canadian Society of Immunology.

2006-2007

  • Dr. Maria Zannis-Hadjopoulos was elected Council Member on MAUT (McGill Association of University Teachers), McGill University Senate.
  • Dr. Maya Saleh received the Canadian Foundation for Innovation Leaders Opportunity Award and also the Dr. Phil Gold Award.
  • Dr. Maria Ferraiuolo (graduate student from Dr. Sonenberg's lab) has been awarded the Gordon A. Maclachlan Prize. This prize is given to an outstanding McGill graduate receiving a graduate degree in 2006-2007 in any discipline of the Biological and Health Sciences, in recognition of her exemplary academic record, excellence of the thesis and the significance of the research.
  • Dr. Sonenberg received the 2007 Katharine Berkan Judd Award Lectureship from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
  • Dr. Nahum Sonenberg has been chosen to receive the 2007 Roche Diagnostics Award from the Canadian Society of Biochemistry, Molecular & Cellular Biology, which recognizes outstanding achievement in research in one or more of the fields of biochemistry, molecular or cellular biology undertaken in Canada by a Canadian Scientist.
  • Dr. Nicole Beauchemin was named to the Faculty Honour List for Educational Excellence in recognition of her contributions to teaching in the Faculty of Medicine.
  • Dr. Tarik Möröy and Dr. Alex Therien were appointed adjunct members.
  • Dr. Reza Salavati from the Institute of Parasitology and McGill Centre for Bioinformatics was made an associate member of our department.
  • Dr. Jose Teodoro was appointed assistant professor in Biochemistry and the McGill Cancer Centre.
  • Dr. Josée Dostie was appointed assistant professor in Biochemistry.
  • Dr. Martin Latterich and Dr. Anny Fortin were appointed adjunct members.
  • Dr. Robert Scott Kiss from the McGill University Hospital Centre was made an associate member of our Department.
  • Dr. Matthias Götte from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology was made an associate member of our Department.
  • Dr. Thomas Duchaine was appointed assistant professor in the McGill Cancer Centre and the Department of Biochemistry.
  • Drs. Nahum Sonenberg and Erin Schurr, an associate member, McGill University researchers have been named Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) International Research Scholars in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments in biomedicine.
  • Dr. Michel Tremblay has been elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
  • Dr. Xiang-Jiao Yang was Guest Editor - a special issue of Oncogene on Cancer Genetics and Epipenetics
  • Dr. Charles Scriver - D.Sc. (Hon), University of Western Ontario

2005-2006

  • Michel Tremblay was awarded the Jeanne and J.-Louis Lévesque Chair in Cancer Research.
  • Dr. Nahum Sonenberg was elected to the prestigious Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has also been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of London.
  • Maria Colonna, Administrative Officer, won the 2006 Ninth Annual Anne McCormick Award for Excellence in the Faculty of Medicine. This award recognizes excellence in job performance by support staff.
  • Dr. Jacques Genest from the McGill University Health Centre was made an associate member of our Department.
  • Dr. Ted Meighen and Dr. Cliff Stanners both receive the title of Professor Emeritus.
  • Dr. Kalle Gehring was appointed full professor.
  • Dr. Bhushan Nagar was appointed assistant professor in our Department.
  • Both Dr. Ted Meighen and Dr. Cliff Stanners retire this year.
  • Dr. Maya Saleh from the McGill University Hospital Centre was made an associate member of our Department.
  • Magdalena Korczynska from the Albert Berghuis lab was awarded the ACA-IUCr Poster Prize for best poster from a graduate student form the North American continent.
  • Leo Lin, from Ted Meighen’s lab, won the Governor General’s Gold Medal for top graduate in Natural Sciences and Engineering. This award was based on academic record, excellent thesis and significance of research. He also won the Gordon a. Maclachlan Prize and the Thomas Haliburton Henry Award for most outstanding McGill graduate receiving a Ph.D. in Biological and Health Sciences.

2004-2005

  • Dr. John Silvius was awarded the Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching.
  • Dr. Nahum Sonenberg receives the $100,000 Killam Prize for the health sciences.
  • Colin Lister, from Nahum Sonenberg’s lab, is the winner of the McGill’s Principal’s Award for Administrative and Support Staff in the Technical category.
  • Dr. Imed Gallouzi was awarded a Tier II Canada Research Chair.
  • Dr. Jerry Pelletier and Dr. Alain Nepveu were both made James McGill Professors.
  • Dr. Philip Branton was named member of the Advisory Committee on Research, Alberta Cancer Board.
  • Dr. Jason Young was appointed an Assistant Professor in our Department.
  • Dr. Katherine Cianflone was appointed adjunct member. She received a Chercheur Senior, Canadian Lipoprotein Conference. She was also made a Canada Research Chair, Senior (Tier I).
  • Dr. Mark Featherstone, an associate member and Simon Wing an adjunct member, received the Chercheur-National du Fond de la Recherche en Sante du Quebec.
  • Dr. Charles Scriver, an associate member, UK Medical Research Council/Dept. of Health Visiting Fellow in Genetics in Health Care.
  • Dr. Peter Siegel, was made an associate member in our Department. He received the Harold E. Johns Award (Biomedical Research Category); the CCS/NCIC research scientist award, Department of Medicine; the Simone and Morris Fast Award for Oncology, Department of Medicine.
  • Dr. Martine Raymond, from the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC), was made an adjunct member in the Department.
  • Nadeem Siddiqui, graduate student in Kalle Gehring’s lab, took the gold medal in the student poster competition at the BioNorth 2004 conference.
  • Ahmad Mirza from the Albert Berghuis lab received the 2005 Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship from the International Centre for Diffraction Data (ICDD).
  • Jasmine Abella from Morag Park’s lab, won the top honour for best oral presentation at the 5th Annual McGill Biomedical Graduate Conference.
  • Sabina Paglialung (Cianflone lab), won first prize at the 5th Annual McGill Biomedical Graduation Conference for her Research Proposal Poster Presentation.
  • Karine Turcotte (Philippe Gros lab), won the Presidential Student Award for the Best Student Presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Leukocyte Biology.

2003-2004

  • Fourteen full members and five associate members of the Department have competitive salary awards from per-reviewed agencies.
  • Dr. Morag Park received the Jeanne Manery-Fisher Memorial Lectureship for the CSBMCB.
  • Dr. Alain Nepveu was appointed full professor in the Department.
  • Dr. Albert Berghuis was awarded a Tier I Canada Research Chair in structural biology.
  • Dr. William Muller received the Merck-Frosst Award for Excellence in research, Department of Medicine and a Canada Research Chair in Molecular Oncology.
  • David Breckenridge, a graduate student from the laboratory of Gordon Shore, won the Governor-General of Canada’s Gold Medal for his Ph.D. thesis.
  • Dr. Rose Johnstone received the France Canada Visiting Scientist Exchange program, joint award from CIHR and Inserm France.
  • Dr. Charles Scriver, an associate member, was the recipient of the founders Award, CCMG, Edmonton, Alberta. He was also appointed as Annual Clinical Science Lecturer, Karolinska Institute.
  • Dr. Jacques Drouin, adjunct member, received the Eli Lilly Award from the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism.
  • Dr. Maxime Bouchard was appointed assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and McGill Cancer Centre.
  • Dr. Martin Latterich from the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology was made an associate member.
  • Dr. Karen Meerovitch from Advance Pharma was appointed an adjunct member.
  • Dr. John Bergeron, Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology and an associate member of our Department, received the McLaughlin Medal of the Royal Society of Canada.
  • Caroline Baril, Nadeem Siddiqi, Sathesh Bhat, Jaigi Mathai and Nadia Dube, five biochemistry graduate students took prizes at the 4th Annual McGill Biomedical Graduate Conference.
  • The Bergeron and Thomas labs were featured in the Gazette, May 19, 2004, for their publication on a central enzyme (UDP-glucose, a glycoprotein glucosyltransferase that can detect areas of disorder (misfolding) and activity of proteins in cells. This discovery could help provide targets for treating degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and cystic fibrosis.

2002-2003

  • Dr. Nahum Sonenberg has been awarded the Robert L. Noble prize of the National Cancer Institute of Canada.
  • Dr. Jacques Drouin, an adjunct member of the Department was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
  • Dr. Xiang-Jiao Yang, an associate member, was awarded the Harold E. Johns award from the NCIC.
  • Dr. Rhoda Blostein was the winner of the 2003 Women of Distinction award from the Women’s Y.
  • Dr. Morag Park received a Dawson Scholar award from McGill University.
  • Dr. Cliff Stanners received the Jeanne and J.-Louis Lévesque Chair of Cancer Research.
  • Dr. Arnim Pause was made an associate professor. Arnim received the Max-Planck Five Year Endowment, Max-Planck Society and the Canada Foundation for Innovation Award for Infrastructure.
  • Dr. Michel Tremblay received the McGill Medical Ambassador, and also Ambassador from the University of Sherbrooke.
  • Dr. Karine Auclair was made an associate member of our department. She also received the "Programme Strategique de Professeurs-Chercheurs" from FQRNT.
  • Dr. Katherine Cianflone, associate member, received the Sara Louise King Award, Cardiology Department and the Dedicated Service Award, Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation.
  • Maureen Caron, our student affairs officer, won the Principal's Staff Award.

2001-2002

  • Dr. Philip Branton, a former Chair of the department who is the Director of the Cancer Institute of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
  • Drs. Morag Park, Jerry Pelletier, Nicole Beauchemin, Michel Tremblay were all made full professor.
  • Dr. Morag Park was appointed the Sal and Diane Guerrera Chair in Cancer Genetics.
  • Drs. Albert Berghuis, Imed Gallouzi, William Muller and David Thomas were all awarded Canada Research Chairs together with the associated Canadian Foundation for Innovation awards.
  • Dr. Philippe Gros was appointed as a Distinguished Investigator of the CIHR and recently as a James McGill professor.
  • Drs. Jerry Pelletier and Morag Park were appointed as Senior Investigators of the CIHR.
  • Anne-Claude Gingras, a graduate student from the Sonenberg laboratory, recently graduated and was awarded the Governor General's Gold Medal and the Prix d'excellence de l'Académie des grands Montréalais.
  • Dr. Nahum Sonenberg was made a James McGill professor, a Distinguished investigator of the CIHR, and a Howard Hughes International Fellow.
  • Dr. David Thomas was the principal investigator on the successful CFI award for $43M for the new Life Sciences Building.
  • Dr. Prabhat Arya from the NRC was made an adjunct member of our Department.
  • Dr. Michael Hallett from the School of Computer Science was made an associate Member of our Department

2000-2001

  • Dr. David Thomas, FRSC — new chair.
  • Dr. Philip Branton, first director of the Cancer Institute of the CIHR.
  • Dr. Peter Braun acted as interim chair of the Department.
  • Dr. Nahum Sonenberg and Dr. Philippe Gros were appointed as Distinguished Investigators of the CIHR and Jerry Pelletier and Morag Park (Associate member) were appointed as Senior Investigators.
  • Dr. Kalle Gehring won an award as Chercheur-boursier of the FRSQ.
  • Dr. David Thomas was awarded a Canada Research Chair.
  • Drs. Branton, Braun, Gehring and Thomas were awarded CIHR, NSERC grants and contracts amounting to $1.5M over the next 3 years. Dr. Jerry Pelletier has been awarded a $1.2M total Terry Fox New Frontiers Initiative grant from the NCI for novel approaches for targeting RNA with small molecules, in a collaboration with Masad Dahma (Chemistry, McGill) and Prabhat Arya (SIMS, NRC, Ottawa).
  • Dr. Bill Muller has been offered a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair at the Molecular Oncology Group and will be cross-appointed to the Biochemistry Department.
  • Dr. Michel Tremblay, Dr. Morag Park and Dr. Nicole Beauchemin were all promoted to full professor.
  • Dr. Enrico Purisima from the NRC was made an adjunct member of our Department
  • Alex Geoffrey Therien, a graduate student from the Blostein laboratory, was awarded the Governor General's Gold Medal and the Prix d'excellence de l'Académie des grands Montréalais.

1999-2000

  • Dr. Rhoda Blostein was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
  • Drs. Alice Vrielink and Kalle Gehring were successful in being promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.
  • Dr. Michel Tremblay has been selected as Director of the McGill Cancer Centre.
  • Dr. Philippe Gros named a member of the new CIHR Governing Council.
  • Dr. John Bergeron, an Associate Member and Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill was named as the ninth Thomson Lecturer of the Department of Biochemistry.
  • Dr. Vincent Giguère was promoted to Full Professor.
  • Dr. Marc Therrien was made an adjunct member of our Department.

1998-1999

  • Dr. Michel Tremblay received considerable acclaim for generating, in collaboration with colleagues at Merck-Frosst, a protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B 'knockout' mouse that will serve as a critical model for studies on diabetes and may aid in the development of pharmaceuticals related to weight control. Dr. Tremblay also spearheaded a CFI proposal that will bring in some funds to the Faculty. In addition, Dr. Tremblay and Dr. Morag Park obtained seed funding to launch "Tyrogene", a research and development company.
  • Drs. Philippe Gros and Morag Park each were the recipients of major special research grant awards. Philippe was granted a Burroughs Welcome Fund New Initiative Grant for work in malaria. Morag was the recipient of a special grant from the Montreal Beast Cancer Foundation which will fund a functional genomics group in breast cancer that also includes Drs. Jerry Pelletier, Gordon Shore, Vincent Giguère, Xiang-Jiao Yang, and Alain Nepveu.
  • Dr. Annette Herscovics was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada last year.

1997-1998

  • Dr. Jerry Pelletier received the W.E. Rawls Prize from the National Cancer Institute of Canada
  • Dr. Michel Tremblay was awarded a Senior FRSQ Chercheur Boursier.