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March 28, 2014

Lap-Chee Tsui wins international prize in health research

Dr. Lap-Chee Tsui, who identified the cystic fibrosis gene in 1989 when he was a scientist at SickKids, is the winner of the 2014 Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research.

The prize, which was established by Friends of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in collaboration with the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, recognizes leaders of exceptional achievement in science and health policy of international stature. The $35,000 prize is awarded annually.

Tsui, who has served as President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Hong Kong since 2002, will receive the prize and deliver a public lecture Sept. 17 in Ottawa.

Known widely for the work he did in genetics and genomics at SickKids and University of Toronto, Tsui contributed significantly to fighting the SARS coronavirus in 2003 and led the Hong Kong consortium in the international effort in completing the first comprehensive catalogue of the human genetic evaluations. He maintains close ties with the Canadian genomics community as Emeritus University Professor, University of Toronto, and Adjunct Scientist with the SickKids Research Institute.

Tsui is the recipient of many national and international prizes, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences USA, and a Laureate of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. He has received the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario.