Congratulations to these SickKids staff on their awards and achievements!
There is no shortage of talented and hardworking staff members at SickKids. Our staff pride themselves on going above and beyond in their work to improve the health and well-being of children and advance the fields of health care and health research. Congratulations to the following staff members who were recently recognized for their work and achievements.
Honorary Fellowship awarded to Denis Daneman
Congratulations to Dr. Denis Daneman, Staff Physician, Paediatrics, on receiving an Honorary Fellowship from the Faculty of Paediatrics of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI). It is the highest honour given by the Faculty of Paediatrics of the RCPI. Daneman was recognized for his outstanding contributions in paediatrics and for his dedication to improving the lives of children. In particular, Daneman was recognized for his work in the field of endocrinology and for his mentorship in training Irish paediatric specialists at SickKids.
The award was presented to Daneman at the 2016 Faculty of Paediatrics Autumn Conference in Dublin, Ireland. In addition to his award, Daneman delivered the 20th Annual Ralph Counahan Memorial Lecture at the conference.
Janet Rossant honoured with 2016 Henry G. Friesen International Prize
Dr. Janet Rossant is the recipient of this year's Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research, given to individuals who have made a significant international contribution to advancing health research.
A pioneer in stem cell research, Rossant is a Senior Scientist in the Research Institute and served as Chief of Research at SickKids from 2005 to 2015. She is also a professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Toronto, and in May 2016, became President and Scientific Director of the Gairdner Foundation.
During her tenure as Chief, Rossant was a key leader driving the vision, design, and project implementation for the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning. One of Rossant's most important health contributions is demonstrating the origin of cells in the early embryo, as well as the cells that give rise to the placenta, expanding the world's understanding of human development. Her research continues to resonate today as the basis for the advancement of new treatments for a range of conditions including cancer and degenerative diseases. As a public advocate, she has played a leading national and international role in setting public policy regarding stem cell and regenerative medicine research.
As the Friesen International Prize recipient, Rossant delivered a public lecture on Monday in Ottawa and will visit a number of Canadian universities and institutes this fall. You can learn more about the prize on the Friesen website.
Pediatric Outreach Program clinic receives 2016 Wilf Wilkinson Peace Award
The Pediatric Outreach Program (POP), comprised of paediatric residents from SickKids and the University of Toronto (U of T), was recently recognized for its work with refugee children. The Canadian Centre for Refugee and Immigration Health Care (CCRIHC) – of which POP is a part of – received the 2016 Wilf Wilkinson Peace Award from Rotary International District 7070 (Ontario, Canada). The award recognized CCRIHC volunteers for making a significant contribution to defending, preserving, nurturing and promoting a culture of peace and non-violence. In particular, POP volunteers were acknowledged for their dedication and commitment to providing refugee children and their families in the Greater Toronto Area with access to care through free medical clinics.
Michael Taylor recognized with 2016 Zülch Prize for research improving the diagnosis and treatment of brain tumours
With the help of modern molecular-biological analyses, Taylor and co-recipient Stefan Pfister from the German Cancer Research Center discovered that medulloblastomas – malignant tumours of the cerebellum – involve four distinct types of cancer. While these degenerated cells may look similar under a microscope, the genetic information they contain differs significantly, comparable to the differences between stomach and bowel cancer. This discovery will help researchers develop better targeted therapies for these types of tumours.Different brain tumours respond differently to treatment, which can make it difficult for physicians to determine which therapeutic approach will benefit their patient. However, research conducted by Dr. Michael Taylor, Senior Scientist and Staff Neurosurgeon, has contributed to crucial improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of malignant brain tumours. Taylor’s contributions were recently recognized when he was awarded the 2016 K. J. Zülch Prize by the Gertrud Reemtsma Foundation.
Miriam Kaufman recognized for patient activist work
Clinicians at SickKids are more than just care providers to their patients. They are advocates who support patients and their families through education, representation and by constantly trying to improve the patient experience. Dr. Miriam Kaufman, Division Head, Adolescent Medicine, is no stranger to this commitment, and was recognized for her efforts by health-tech organization Health 2.0 as one of the recipients of its Global Retrospective Patient Activist Award.
Kaufman has been influential in improving care and the patient experience for teens. She has led the development of several innovations in adolescent care at SickKids, including the creation of the Good 2 Go Transition Program, the MyLupus App and MyHealth Passport. She received her award at the 10th Annual Health 2.0 Conference in Santa Clara, California.