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May 25, 2012

SickKids researcher appointed Officer of the Order of Canada

Dr. Alvin Zipursky who was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions to paediatrics in Canada and in developing countries, today attended the investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall, presided over by Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.

The Order of Canada recognizes a lifetime of achievement and is one of Canada’s most prestigious civilian honours.

“This is a well-deserved honour for Dr. Zipursky,” says Mary Jo Haddad, SickKids President and CEO. “His decades of research and work on behalf of global child health, continues to have profound impact on paediatric medicine around the world.”

A former head of the SickKids Division of Haematology/Oncology, Zipursky is currently the Chair and Scientific Director of the Programme for Global Paediatric Research (PGPR).  

Initiated by Zipursky in 2004, PGPR was formed to focus the attention and research resources of paediatric researchers in high-income countries to the health issues facing children in low- and mid-income countries. It now acts as a network facilitator, fostering a collaborative, practical, evidence-based approach to effecting positive change in global child health.

Zipursky’s many achievements include being a founding Chair of Paediatrics at McMaster University, developing a regional program for paediatrics and acting as Editor-in-Chief of the international biomedical journal Pediatric Research. At SickKids, Zipursky also established the sickle cell disease, thalassemia and hemophilia clinics.

He is a renowned researcher of the pathogenesis and prevention of Rh isoimmunization, and his research has contributed to its near eradication in most high-income countries. He was part of the initial research team at SickKids that looked at unique leukemias of children with Down syndrome, and work in this area continues today at the Hospital. Zipursky is currently studying the problem of Rh disease in low- and mid-income countries.

More information about Zipursky’s achievements and his work at PGPR can be found online.