'Spotless Mind' researcher makes 'Top 40 Under 40' annual list of best and brightest
McGill scientist Dr. Karim Nader, whose research inspired the Jim Carrey movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, has made the Globe and Mail's Top 40 Under 40 of Canada's best and brightest young leaders.
McGill scientist Dr. Karim Nader, whose research inspired the Jim Carrey movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, has made the Globe and Mail's Top 40 Under 40 of Canada's best and brightest young leaders. Among his other accomplishments, Dr. Nader and his research team discovered that painful memories can be chemically modified to lessen the emotional trauma they cause, a finding that has given new hope to sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder.
At age 39, Nader, an associate professor of psychology, squeezed in just under the wire to make this year's Top 40 Under 40, an annual list compiled for the Globe by the Caldwell Partners executive search firm. The national ranking, now in its 11th year, honours young Canadians who have achieved significant professional success before reaching the age of 40.
This year's honorees were selected by a panel of business and community leaders from a list of more than 1,200 nominees in a variety of fields from across Canada. They were chosen on the basis of vision and leadership, innovation and achievement, community involvement, impact and growth and development strategy.
Also on this year's list are five McGill grads: Lorne Abony, BA'91 (Philosophy), CEO, Fun Technologies PLC, Toronto; Christopher Alexander, BA'89 (History and Political Science), deputy special representative of the secretary-general for Afghanistan, United Nations; Dov Bercovici, BA'91 (Economics), VP, Operations, Acadia University, Wolfville, NS; Jean-François Courville, BC'91 (Finance and International Business), president and CEO, State Street Canada, Toronto; Philip Zelazo, BA'88 (Psychology), Canada Research Chair and professor of neuropsychology, University of Toronto.