Press release by Research Canada
OTTAWA, June 9, 2021 – Research Canada is pleased to announce the 2021 Individual and Organization Leadership in Advocacy Awardees: Dr. Aubie Angel, the founding and current President of Friends of CIHR (FCIHR), a professor at the University of Manitoba and President and Board Chair of the Diabetes Research and Treatment Centre, and the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences, a professional association of active researchers and students in the fields of biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology and genetics.
The Research Canada Leadership in Advocacy Award recognizes outstanding champions of health research and health innovation. Recognition of Canadian health research—the kind that attracts the necessary public and political support—often comes from the dedicated and tireless efforts of health research advocates who educate policymakers, the media and the public about the social and economic benefits of health research and its promise of future cures and, importantly, a better quality of life for all Canadians. This year’s winners exemplify this. + + +
The Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences is proud to announce the names of the winners of the 2021 CSMB awards.
Award winners will present their research at the CSMB annual meeting. View the full meeting program here. These open sessions will take place June 15 and 16, 11AM to noon.
View short biographical notes about the winners here:
Congratulations to our Vice-President, Dr. Imogen Coe, on receiving a Science Ambassador Award from Partners in Research Canada (PIR http://www.pirweb.org/en/). PIR is a registered Canadian charity founded in 1988 to help Canadians understand the significance, accomplishments and promise of biomedical research in advancing health and medicine. Since its genesis, PIR has broadened its scope to encompass all areas of academic and applied research as fields of discovery and study for Canadian students.
Science Ambassador Award – Dr. Imogen Coe – Ryerson University
With more than two decades as a research scientist and professor, Dr. Imogen R. Coe has been a dedicated science ambassador, narrowing the gap between academic science and the public’s scientific literacy, and expanding equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). An exceptional science communicator, Dr. Coe is a popular speaker in Canada and internationally, with more than 120 invited presentations, 80 of which were at public outreach events. She aims to cultivate a passion for science in Canadians from all walks of life, including children, students, adults, the general public and professional groups.
Read “How to continually make the case for fundamental science: from the perspective of a protein kinase”, a summary of Jim Woodgett’s Arthur Wynne Gold Medal talk presented at the Canadian Society of Molecular Biosciences annual meeting held in Banff in April 2018. This summary was published in Canadian Science Publishing’s Biochemistry and Cell Biology, one of the CSMB official journals.
Abstract: The strength of the scientific process is its immunity from human frailties. The built-in error correction and robustness of principles protect and nurture truth, despite both intended and unintended errors and naivety. What it doesn’t secure is understanding of how the scientific sausage is made. Here, a scientific journey revolving around a single protein that spans nearly 35 years is used to illustrate the twists and turns that can accompany any scientific path. Lessons learned from such exploration speak to the need for story-telling in communicating scientific meaning — and the effectiveness of this will influence future investment and understanding of the scientific endeavor.
Read the full article in Biochemistry and Cell Biology:
Nominations are now accepted for the 2020 CSMB Awards.
Deadline for nominations is October 31st, 2019.
CSP Senior Investigator Award
The award recognizes exceptional Canadian scientists with a record of outstanding achievement in molecular biosciences research who have also demonstrated exceptional teaching, leadership and/or contributions to the broader community. More
Arthur Wynne Gold Medal
The Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences (CSMB) Arthur Wynne Gold Medal is presented by the CSMB to an individual who has made a major contribution to molecular biosciences in Canada over their career. More
Jeanne Manery Fisher Memorial Lecture
In honor of the late Jeanne Manery Fisher, Professor of Biochemistry, University of Toronto, an eminent woman will be selected by the Society every second year for her scientific accomplishments and will present a keynote lecture at the Society’s Annual Meeting. More
CSMB New Investigator Award
The Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences (CSMB) New Investigator Award was established by the Society to recognize and support the next generation of scientists in Canada. The award is given on the basis of (i) excellence in research and (ii) demonstration of leadership. More
The awards will be presented at the next CSMB Annual meeting, June 10 – 12, 2020 in Ottawa.