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June 6, 2014

SickKids scientist Dr. Anna Taddio honoured with the Pfizer Research Career Award

By Mackenzie Hill-Strathy

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Dr. Anna Taddio, Senior Associate Scientist and Clinical Pharmacist at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), was honoured with the 2014 Pfizer Research Career Award by the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC).

The Pfizer Research Career Award recognizes research excellence by members of the academic staff of faculties, colleges or schools of pharmacy in Canada in an effort to stimulate and foster the development of research programs in all areas of pharmacy. The award recipient must be nominated by at least two AFPC members and three reviewers who are experts in the field of the nominee.

“This is a tremendous honour,” said Taddio. “When I started my graduate work, pain was not even recognized as a potential side effect of medical procedures. Now, two decades later, we are changing policies across the nation and embedding pain management within the process of care during immunization, the most common medical procedure. That’s really great for children.”

Taddio’s research interests include the clinical pharmacology of analgesics in infants and children and the immediate and long-term effects of untreated childhood pain. She is currently leading a national working group that studies and promotes effective pain management strategies during childhood immunizations.

In addition to her work at SickKids, Taddio is a Professor in the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto. Taddio has authored over 150 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s New Investigator Award in 2003, the Young Investigator Award by the International Association for the Study of Pain Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood in 2006 and the American Pain Society’s Jeffrey Lawson Award for Advocacy in Children's Pain Relief in 2014.

The award was presented to Taddio during the award ceremony at the APFC Annual Conference held from May 31 to June 3 in Saskatoon.

Learn more about the Pfizer Research Career Award