Dr. Geoff Pickering named fellow of CAHS

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September 14, 2018 - Congratulations to four of the newest fellows of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) from Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Drs. Geoffrey Pickering, Janet Pope, Frank Prato and Emil Schemitsch.

Induction into the CAHS as a Fellow is considered one of the highest honours within Canada’s academic community. CAHS Fellows are nominated by their peers and selected in a competitive process based on their internationally recognized leadership, academic performance, scientific creativity and willingness to serve.

The 2018 Inductees were honoured at the Induction Ceremony in Vancouver on Thursday, September 13, 2018.

Congratulations to the 2018 Inductees from Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.

Dr. GEOFFREY PICKERING is a professor in the Departments of Medicine, Biochemistry, and Medical Biophysics and a scientist at Robarts Research Institute.  He is an internationally recognized expert in vascular biology and a leader in bridging discovery sciences with medical care. His research has uncovered the fundamental workings of muscle cells within the artery wall during health and disease, with critical implications for blood vessel aging, vascular regeneration and the prevention of heart attack and stroke.

Dr. JANET POPE is a professor of Medicine and Division Head of Rheumatology at St. Joseph’s Health Care, London. Her work has impacted the care of patients with rheumatic diseases around the globe. Her research includes studies in scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis including outcome measures, cohort studies, quality indicators, clinical trials, disease manifestations, classification criteria and quality indicators. She is a founding member of the Canadian Scleroderma Research Group and of Canadians for Improved Outcomes in Rheumatology. She is a dedicated mentor who has developed programs for Canada-wide Rheumatology studentships and early faculty leadership.

Dr. FRANK PRATO is a professor in the Department of Medical Biophysics and a scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute. His research focus is to improve early diagnosis of disease to limit disability caused by chronic conditions. Among Dr. Prato's landmark discoveries is how magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to view the extent of permanent heart muscle damage caused by a heart attack. This method is now used extensively throughout Canada and the rest of the world. He also discovered that exposure to extremely low frequency magnetic fields can induce analgesia - pain relief - in humans. Dr. Prato is currently exploiting these discoveries to develop image-guided therapies to treat pain.

Dr. EMIL SCHEMITSCH, is the chair/chief of the Department of Surgery and an internationally recognized authority on fracture repair. He is recognized for his research on the care of patients with musculoskeletal injuries. His wide range of interests have led to the investigation of the systemic response to trauma, gene therapies, biomechanics, bone substitutes and the stimulation of fracture healing. His contributions to orthopaedics have been recognized by organizations including the Canadian Orthopaedic Association, the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and the International Society for