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April 30, 2020

SickKids scientists receive international recognition for extraordinary achievements

Two leading SickKids scientists were elected to prestigious international academies this week. 

Dr. Lewis Kay, Senior Scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and a Professor in the Departments of Molecular Genetics, Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Toronto, was elected as an international member of The National Academy of Sciences (NAS).  Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta, Robert Harding Inaugural Chair in Global Child Health and Co-Director of the Centre for Global Child Health at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of the United Kingdom.

“Congratulations to Drs. Kay and Bhutta for these extraordinary honours,” says Dr. Michael Salter, Chief of Research, SickKids. “I am delighted that they have been recognized by their international peers for their groundbreaking work. Their discoveries in medical imaging science and in maternal-child health around the world, respectively, continue to have a profound impact in science and in the lives of people around the world.”

Two headshots of scientists
Left: Dr. Lewis Kay, Right: Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta

Kay’s laboratory focuses on the development of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques for studying macromolecular structure and dynamics, and the application of NMR techniques to problems of biological and clinical importance. He has received many distinguished awards over his career. In 2017, he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Canada Gairdner International Award laureate. He is also a member of the Royal Society of Canada and the Royal Society (London).

Bhutta and his colleagues have focused on gathering evidence on health and nutrition interventions for adolescents and young children in low- and middle-income countries, especially for those living in abject poverty. They are also leading global efforts to investigate and improve reproductive, maternal and child health in the Islamic World and in conflict settings and humanitarian emergencies. Widely published, he was recently ranked by Stanford University among the top 0.01 per cent of the most highly cited scientists globally.