HRI Scientists honoured for research contributions

Dr. James Mackillop elected to Royal Society of Canada

In September 2019, HRI Senior Scientist, Dr. James MacKillop, was elected to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

The College recognizes emerging scholars, artists, and scientists and brings its members together to develop interdisciplinary approaches to urgent matters that concern all Canadians, from environmental sustainability to advances in health science.

Photo credit: Dr. Mark Crowther

Dr. MacKillop is the inaugural holder of the Peter Boris Chair in Addictions Research, the Director of the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research, Co-director of the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research, and a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. His research leverages multidisciplinary perspectives to generate novel insights into addiction. To date, this work has generated more than 120 peer-reviewed publications and other works.

Dr. Ruth Lanius wins Banting Award for Military Health Research

HRI Associate Clinical Scientist, Dr. Ruth Lanius, was the recipient of the 2019 Banting Award for Military Health Research, an honour presented at the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) Forum, which took place in Ottawa, Ontario from October 21-23.

Named after Sir Frederick Banting, a researcher, physician and Nobel laureate who discovered insulin, the Banting Award is presented annually to a Canadian researcher making important advances in military health research.

Dr. Lanius received the award for her work using advanced brain imaging to better understand post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Her team uses technology to test adjunct treatments for PTSD, such as providing real-time feedback to patients about their brain waves and teaching them to re-regulate brain activity.

As the recipient of the Banting Award, Dr. Lanius has also been invited to be keynote speaker at next year’s Forum.

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