Department of Medicine faculty named to Order of Canada

Jul 3, 2018
Order of Canada medalsThree members of the Department of Medicine have been named to the Order of Canada, the country's highest honour. 

They are among the 105 new appointments announced by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada on June 29.

University Professor Peter Henry St George-Hyslop was named Officer of the Order of Canada. The appointment recognizes St George-Hyslop’s research on the role of genetics in neural degeneration. His work has advanced our understanding of neurodegenerative disorders, notably Alzheimer’s disease.

One of the world’s leading neurodegenerative disease investigators, St George-Hyslop is Director of the Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases. He has discovered key genes and proteins that cause cells to degenerate in diseases like early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, and also demonstrated that a variety of genetic and non-genetic factors contribute to Alzheimer’s. His work has been cited by other researchers more than 33,000 times.

Last year, St George-Hyslop was awarded the Ryman Prize, the world’s richest prize established as an honour equivalent to a Nobel Prize for people working in the field of health of older adults.

The other appointees from the Department were named Members of the Order of Canada (C.M.)

Allan Steven Detsky
Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
For his advanced economic expertise in the Canadian healthcare system, notably with respect to clinical policy making through cost-effective enhancements to improve patient outcomes.

Mitchell Halperin
Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology
For his renowned leadership within the field of nephrology as a clinician, researcher and educator.

The Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the country. A ceremony will be held at a later date for recipients to accept their insignia.

To read more about more of this year’s Order of Canada inductees at the University of Toronto, click here. To view a full list of the appointments, click here.

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