Mark Wainberg, director of the McGill AIDS Centre and a world leader in HIV/AIDS research, has been named a Chevalier of France’s Légion d’honneur. Established in 1802 by none other than Napoleon Bonaparte, the award represents France’s highest distinction. Over the course of his distinguished career, Wainberg has made a name for himself as a tireless HIV/AIDS researcher and activist who isn’t afraid to mince his words. He was selected for inclusion in the Légion for his exceptional work in the HIV/AIDS field, and for strengthening the scientific collaboration and friendship between France and Canada.
Harry Rosen, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Dentistry, has been named the recipient of the American College of Dentists’ (ACD) 2008 William John Gies Award for his broad, exceptional, and distinguished contributions to the profession and society while upholding an exemplary level of leadership and professionalism. Rosen is the only Canadian in the last 50 years to receive this award. The convocation will take place in San Antonio, Texas on October 16, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Dental Association.
Catherine Bushnell, Director of the McGill Centre for Research on Pain, was named a recipient of a Pfizer Canada Neuropathic Pain Research Award. The Neuropathic Pain Research Awards is a grant competition that aims to fund and support independent neuropathic pain research in the areas of basic biomedical, clinical and health service and systems sciences. Seventeen research proposals were reviewed by an independent committed of Canadian medical researchers with eight researchers receiving funding. Bushnell’s research focuses on determining the longitudinal changes in brain morphology and function associated with chronic pain in rat models of neuropathic pain.