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Canadian science is world-class and many Canadian scientists are world-renowned. While it is not surprising to find Canadian scientists presenting their findings at locations far from home, it is unusual to hear about Canadian molecular biologists traveling to Shanghai to present an artistic rendition of their work. The scientist/artist, Dr. Campbell, claims that many of his paintings are inspired by cell biology and cardiovascular sciences.
Can you see the resemblance?
Back in May we told you about a tribute to the lifetime accomplishments of the late Canadian scientist, Tony Pawson. Tony was beloved to the scientific community and was held in especially high esteem amongst his colleagues at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute in Mount Sinai Hospital. His colleagues high regard for Tony is symbolized by a very special project spearheaded by the team at the Lunenfeld.
The Tony Pawson Authorome project, bioinformatician Gary Bader, created a detailed and interactive map highlighting all of Tony’s collaborations over the years. The results are fascinating and illustrates just how much impact Tony Pawson had on the world of science and those around him.
The Tony Pawson Authorome can be seen at http://pawson.lunenfeld.ca/pawson-pub-graphs/
At a recent Lunenfeld research retreat, Director of the Mouse Physiology Core of the Centre for Modeling Human Disease, Lee Adamson, had the following words of advise for young scientists:
- Always pay it forward
- There’s always room at the top
- Always do what you enjoy, and you’ll get good at what you enjoy, and maybe someday somebody will pay you to do what you enjoy
- Whatever other distractions you may have-make sure to get your work done
- Aim high
- Don’t clip your own wings
- Finish all your own work
- Consider your communications from the receiver’s perspective
- Choose your topic carefully: you will have just six-seven (five-year) grants in your career
- Appreciate your organization
- For new investigators: wait until the lab is ready before taking the position
Lee actually has a very interesting story to tell of her rise from a young graduate student at the University of Western Ontario to becoming the director of one of Canada’s most respected research institutions.
To read the complete story, visit Dr. Lee Adamson’s top tips for young scientists.
The Scientific Director of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Research Centre, Professor Brigitte Kieffer, will receive the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award in a ceremony to take place on March 19, in Paris. This award, bestowed by the L’Oréal Foundation and by UNESCO, recognizes the exceptional career paths and contribution of women scientists worldwide. Brigitte Kieffer has been selected as the winner for Europe for her research at the Institut de génétique et de biologie moléculaire et cellulaire (IGBMC), in Strasbourg. Four other women scientists will receive this prize, one from each continent.
Brigitte Kieffer’s work has paved the way for a better understanding of the brain mechanisms involved in pain, mental illness and drug addiction. In 1992, Prof. Kieffer succeeded in cloning and isolating the gene for an opioid receptor in the brain that plays a key role in alleviating pain, a puzzle which scientists around the world had been trying to solve for over 15 years. Her findings have laid the foundations for new treatments for pain, addiction, and depression.
“We are proud that a scientist of such international stature has chosen to take on the leadership of the Research Centre, providing great promise for new breakthroughs in mental health,” said Lynne McVey, RN, MSc., Chief Executive Officer of the Douglas Institute.
Newly arrived at the Douglas Institute Research Centre in January of this year, Brigitte Kieffer will pursue her research while directing a team of over 300 people. She also holds the Monique H. Bourgeois Chair in Pervasive Developmental Disorders at the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University, in addition to a position as professor in the Department of Psychiatry.
The candidates for the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards were nominated by a network of more than 1,000 international scientists. Among them, five winners were selected by an independent jury composed of twelve eminent members of the international scientific community, chaired by Professor Günter Blobel, Nobel Prize in Medicine.
Thanks to the Douglas Mental Health University Institute for this story.
Before watching this video, I had never heard of Dr. Felix d’Herelle, let alone recognize his status as a Canadian scientific icon. Dr. d’Herelle’s work dates back to the beginning of the 20th century and his discoveries were fundamental for ushering in the era of molecular biology.