Kudos for October 2010

Recognizing significant contributions and achievements from the members of the Department of Medicine in the form of awards, grants, media mentions and publications.


Dr. Kayvan Amjadi has won a 2010 Ottawa Hospital Physician Clinician Recognition Award.

Dr. Martin Green has been selected as the 2010 CCS Distinguished Teacher Award recipient. The award acknowledges an individual’s excellence in teaching over the long term and applauds the recipient for their dedication to teaching in their scientific specialty. He will receive the award on October 24th at the Westin Hotel in Montreal at the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Awards ceremony.

Dr. Rhian Touyz received the Distinguished Service Award at Hypertension Canada’s Annual Meeting in Vancouver early in October. This prestigious award recognizes Dr. Touyz’ research accomplishments and contributions to the care of people affected by high blood pressure.

Dr. Duncan Stewart recently awarded the 2010 Royal College Visiting Professorship in Medical Research from the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Stewart also received  the inaugural Friends of CIHR Founder’s Award.  The award marks the 10th anniversary of the organization and it honours the leaders who helped create the organization.


Dr. Louise Balfour and Dr. Paul MacPherson are spearheading Canada’s first comprehensive smoking cessation program for people with HIV. Grants have been obtained from Department of Medicine at TOH, the Canadian HIV Trials Network and Canadian National Foundation for AIDS Research.

Dr. Malcolm Hing granted a 1-year Planning and Dissemination grant from CIHR for his CanDrive research.

Dr. Luc Sabourin received a grant from Cancer Research Society to investigate the role of adhesion proteins in the development of breast cancer.


Dr. Michael Schlossmacher believes he has identified signature proteins in the blood and spinal fluid that show the progression of Parkinson’s Disease in the brain.  Findings of this biomarker protein were presented at World Parkinson’s Congress in Scotland. His team is now developing a blood test for Parkinson’s. Story appeared in most Canadian and UK newspapers and on CBC radio. Michael J. Fox Foundation has recently announced a $40M international research project that will examine potential biomarkers in 700 Parkinson’s patients and controls. Schlossmacher’s biomarker will be part of this project.

Parkinson’s Researchers were in the news regarding the recruitment of world-renowned Parkinson’s scientist, Dr. Tohru Kitada, to their team.

Grand Opening of the University of Ottawa’s Skills and Simulation Centre at TOH’s Civic campus, on October 14th, 2010. uOSSC houses a wide range of simulation tools, including anatomically correct plastic models of body parts and full-body mannequins that breathe, exhibit vital signs and respond accurately to medications, fluids and chest compressions. The Centre can train approximately 100 medical or nursing students at one time, on all kinds of medical techniques, with no harm done to the any patient. Veteran physicians can also practice new skills at the centre.

Graduate students working with Dr. Luc Sabourin and Dr. Christina Addison gave an interactive cancer research tour to cancer survivors. It was filmed and broadcast by CTV Ottawa.

Dr. Mark Freedman interviewed for Toronto Star on the controversial CCSVI therapy for multiple sclerosis and how it has affected relationships between patients and their doctors.

Dr. Smita Pakhale has recently returned from trip to India where she helped open a rural information centre for marginalized students. She also presented a talk on Respirology training and research in North American at the Government Medical College in Nagpur.

Dr. David Allan & Dr. Michael Rudnicki were interviewed by a special Peer Review Radio show on stem cells. Dr. Allan spoke about the history of bone marrow stem cell transplantation for cancer patients and Dr.Rudnicki spoke about stem cell research in general and then specifically his own research aimed at developing regenerative therapies for muscle disorders.

Dr. Michael Rudnicki interviewed by Globe and Mail regarding the world’s first human embryonic stem cell clinical trial which has just begun in the US involving patients with spinal cord injury. Dr. Rudnicki feels this is a major landmark for the field.

Papers of Note

Dr. Dennis Bulman’s group has discovered a new gene associated with Brachydactylyl A1, a rare condition that causes shortened fingers and toes. The research sheds light on the genetic pathways that control bone growth and development and could help in regenerative therapies. Paper published in Human Mutation.

Dr. Craig Campbell and Dr. Jeremy Grimshaw published a report on health professional certification which was commissioned by the World Health Organization. The report described extensive variation in health professional certification standards across Europe and argued that harmonization would be beneficial.  The work was also summarized in BMJ and presented at a European Union Ministerial Summit.

Drs David Courtman and Duncan Stewart published a paper in Biomaterials showing that a novel biomaterial can greatly increase the survival of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells.