McGill researchers named as AAAS fellows

By McGill Reporter staff

Two McGill researchers have been awarded the distinction of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow. Included from McGill are: Dr. Vassilios Papadopoulos, Department of Medicine, and Dr. Leon Glass, Department of Physiology. The rank of Fellow is the highest honour awarded by AAAS and is bestowed upon members by their peers in recognition of scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

“The election of two members from the Faculty of Medicine as AAAS Fellows is a testament to the extraordinary work and caliber of research being conducted at McGill,” Dr. Richard I. Levin, Vice-Principal (Health Affairs) and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. “We are extremely proud of Drs. Glass and Papadopoulos and applaud their achievements in advancing the cutting-edge research in science and medicine as well as their contributions to the health and well-being of society in Quebec and beyond.”

Dr. Glass was recognized for his seminal contributions to the application of nonlinear dynamics to the understanding of vision, dynamics in genetic networks, cardiac arrhythmias, and dynamical disease. Dr. Papadopoulous was honoured for his distinguished contributions to the field of biochemical pharmacology, particularly in steroid and neurosteroid biosynthesis, and to the development of university medical center research organizations.

The announcement was published in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on Dec. 18, 2009. The 531 members named as Fellows will be recognized for their contributions to science and technology at the Fellows Forum to be held on Feb. 20 during the AAAS 2010 Annual Meeting in San Diego. They will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.