Why I Became a Scientist
I became a scientist because it was clear during my training as a physician that many treatment decisions are made on the basis of poor or little evidence and that a great need exists to apply the principles of epidemiology to clinical care. I was fortunate to start my career at a time when the "evidence-based" medicine movement was gaining momentum, and have greatly enjoyed designing and implementing large scale clinical trials that answer questions that have direct implications for patient care.
Our group is currently conducting more than 30 randomized controlled trials evaluating new treatments for Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and Type I diabetes mellitus.
- MD - Faculty of Medicine, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada (1983)
- MSc (Medical Microbiology) - University of London, School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, England (1979)
- BSc (Bacteriology & Immunology) - Faculty of Science, University of Western Ontario (1977)
- Epidemiology and Biostatistics: Postgraduate Training, University of Western Ontario
- Gastroenterology: Clinical Fellow, University of Western Ontario
- Medicine: Residency in Internal Medicine, University of Western Ontario
- Best Abstract, Falk Symposium
- Bristol Prize, International Medicine, University of Western Ontario
- CV Mosby Scholarship, Medical Microbiology, University of Western Ontario
- Merck, Sharpe, Dohme, Therapeutics Award, University of Western Ontario
- Medical Research Council Summer Studentship
- Gold Medalist, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Western Ontario