Professors rewarded for outstanding contributions
Two Queen’s professors have received prestigious awards for their work in the field of pharmacology and toxicology.
Louise Winn (Pharmacology and Toxicology and Environmental Studies) has received the 2011 Women in Toxicology Mentoring Award from the Society of Toxicology (SOT). The international award recognizes an outstanding record of achievement in the mentoring of women in the discipline of toxicology.
“I was quite surprised and shocked that I had won,” says Dr. Winn, whose research focuses on fetal toxicity. “I think a lot of my students have come to me for advice, and I enjoy that. Throughout my career I’ve looked to mentors for advice, so I want to do that in return.”
More than 30 of Dr. Winn’s former students wrote letters in support of her nomination for the award, and one of her previous PhD students organized the nomination package. Dr. Winn received her award at the SOT’s annual general meeting, held last month in Washington, D.C.
James Brien (Pharmacology and Toxicology) is this year’s recipient of the Canadian Society of Pharmacology and Therapeutics (CSPT) Pfizer Senior Scientist Award. The Pfizer Award is the most prestigious award for contributions to the field of Pharmacology and Therapeutics in Canada, and it recognizes the outstanding achievements of a scientist's career.
“I was surprised, absolutely thrilled, and deeply honoured when I learned I had won this award,” says Dr. Brien, whose research focuses on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. “It is a national recognition of the work that we’ve done and the accomplishments and discoveries we’ve made in research.”
Several of Canada’s leading researchers have received this award over the years, including two of Dr. Brien’s mentors – former Pharmacology and Toxicology Department Heads Gerald Marks and Khem Jhamandas.
Dr. Brien will receive the award and deliver an oration describing his research achievements at the CSPT annual meeting in Montreal in May.