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AWARDS + HONOURS  ::  Award Winners

Award Winners

2015 CSM Murray Award for Career Achievement

Dr. Mark A. Wainberg

Dr. Mark A. Wainberg, McGill University, Montreal, QC

Dr. Mark A. Wainberg is Professor of Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he also serves as Director of the McGill University AIDS Centre. Dr. Wainberg is an internationally recognized scientist in the field of HIV/AIDS. He served as President of the International AIDS Society between 1998-2000 with responsibilities that included organization of the XIIIth International Congress on AIDS in Durban, South Africa, 2000. He was also co-Chair of the XVIth International AIDS Conference that took place in Toronto in August, 2006.

He is well-known for his initial identification of 3TC as an anti-viral drug, in collaboration with BioChem Pharma Inc, in 1989, as well as for multiple contributions to the field of HIV drug resistance. His laboratory continues to work in the field of drug development and drug resistance, and, as well, Dr. Wainberg now works on efforts to achieve a cure for HIV infection. Dr. Wainberg is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. He is also an Officer of the Ordre National du Québec, a Chevalier in the Legion d’Honneur of France, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the recipient of the Killam Prize in Health Sciences for 2012, and the recipient of the Cubist-ICAAC Award of the American Society for Microbiology for outstanding achievement in research on infectious diseases, for 2014. He is also the recipient of a number of honorary doctorates.

Dr. Wainberg is an author of over 500 research papers and 100 reviews and commentary articles that have appeared in the scientific literature, and is the corresponding author on most of these. He is co- Editor-in-Chief of Retrovirology, co-Editor-in-Chief of Journal of the International AIDS Society, and is a member of the editorial committees of multiple other journals. More than 30 students have obtained their Ph.D. degrees under his tutelage.


This award is made possible by the financial support of Canadian Science Publishing (publisher of the NRC Research Press journals). Their commitment and service to microbiological research and teaching in Canada is greatly appreciated.

2015 Fisher Scientific Award

Dr. Sean A. Crowe

Dr. Sean A. Crowe, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Originally a chemist, and my research now takes place at the interface between chemistry, geology, and biology. My primary interests relate to interactions between life and Earth surface chemistry. Over its ~4 billion year history, life c oevolved with the Earth’s surface—this rich and complex dialogue was punctuated by a few major biological events that dramatically and forever altered the chemistry of the oceans, continents, and atmosphere. These biological revolutions fundamentally reorganized the nature and activity of almost all life on Earth. A clear example was the invention of oxygenic photosynthesis by cyanobacteria in the Archean Eon. Oxygenic photosynthesis enhanced global biological production by up to a thousand fold, but it also likely caused the greatest mass extinction in Earth’s history through the production of reactive oxygen species lethally toxic to most of the microbial life that made up the Archean biosphere. Fast-forward a few billion years to the Anthropocene, and we find the earth in the midst of another biological revolution, this one catalyzed by human invention. The human revolution is imparting global-scale changes to Earth surface chemistry in patterns reminiscent of past revolutions, yet the outcome, and thus our path to the future, remains highly uncertain at this time. My research uses geochemical and biological studies to fill gaps in our knowledge of the Earth system allowing more robust reconstructions of the history of the Earth and life as well as better predictions of future scenarios and the response of the Earth system to human activity.

This lecture is made possible with the financial support of Fisher Scientific. Their commitment and service to microbiological research and teaching in Canada is greatly appreciated.
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