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December 18, 2008

SickKids scientist Dr. Teresa To receives Eminent Scientist of the Year Award

(Toronto) - Dr. Teresa To, Senior Scientist and Head of the Child Health Evaluative Sciences program at SickKids Research Institute, has been selected to receive the Eminent Scientist of the Year Award 2008 in the field of Pediatrics and Community Health Research, by the International Research Promotion Council (IRPC). Her award is announced in the December issue of Recent Advances and Research Updates , a journal published by IRPC.

Dr. To was chosen based on her research excellence in community health and her unique research contribution to the control of asthma. The IRPC presents the World Scientists Forum awards annually to researchers whose work has significantly affected medical care globally, especially in developing nations.

Dr. To's research at SickKids includes the patterns of healthcare utilization, access to care and practice patterns for a variety of medical and surgical conditions. One of her most recent accomplishments was the asthma surveillance program in Ontario which she pioneered. This program is considered to be one of the most promising prototypes for the development of a national asthma monitoring system.

“We are truly privileged at SickKids to have such remarkable leaders as Dr. To as members of our staff who are recognized for their commitment to excellence in research throughout the world,” says May Jo Haddad, President and CEO of SickKids.

In addition to her research efforts, Dr. To is Associate Professor in the departments of Public Health Sciences, Paediatrics, Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and Paediatrics and Institute for Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto. She currently represents SickKids as an advisor on the Ontario Ministry of Health's Asthma Strategic Plan of Action Committee and the Canadian Thoracic Society Research Committee. Dr. To is also the Chair of the Ontario Respiratory Outcomes Research Network and the Health Canada Chronic Respiratory Disease Surveillance Committee. Representing Canada , Dr. To became a member of the Global Alliance Against Chronic Respiratory Diseases at the World Health Organization in 2007.

From 2000-2006, Dr. To received the Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) and The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. In 2007 she received the University of Toronto , Life Sciences Committee, Dales Award in Medical Research.