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Catherine Cahill receives Basmajian Award

 
2008-10-28


Pharmacology and Toxicology professor Catherine Cahill is the 2007/2008 recipient of the Mihran and Mary Basmajian Award, presented each year by the Faculty of Health Sciences in recognition of outstanding research.

Pharmacology and Toxicology professor Catherine Cahill is the 2007/2008 recipient of the Mihran and Mary Basmajian Award, presented each year by the Faculty of Health Sciences in recognition of outstanding research.
 
The award will be presented on Wednesday November 5 at 4:30pm in Richardson Laboratories Amphitheatre, Room 104. After the presentation, Dr. Cahill will deliver the Basmajian Lecture on “Validating delta opioid receptors as a target for treating chronic pain.”

As Canada Research Chair in Chronic Pain, she focuses on understanding mechanisms underlying the development and maintenance of neuropathic pain – a chronic debilitating condition affecting more than three million people in North America. Her long-term research goal is to identify novel targets for drug development in the treatment of chronic pain, including neuropathic pain syndromes.

Dr. Cahill, who is cross-appointed in the Department of Anesthesiology, received the first Ronald Melzack Pain Research Award while studying at the Montreal Neurological Institute from 1998 to 2001. Prior to her appointment at Queen's in 2002, she was awarded a Merck Frosst Postdoctoral Fellowship. In addition to her Canada Research Chair designation, she is the current recipient of a Premier's Research Excellence Award, a Pfizer Neuropathic Pain Research Award, and a J.P. Bickell Foundation grant.

The Basmajian Award was established by John Basmajian, former head of the Department of Anatomy, in memory of his parents Mihran and Mary Basmajian. It is given annually to a member (or members) of the full-time staff of the Faculty of Health Sciences “judged to have made the most meritorious contribution to health research during the previous year or several years.”

The award consists of a bronze medal, an inscribed piece of silver plate, a copy of Dr. Basmajian's book, and a contribution to the recipient's research funding in the amount of $1,000.


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