September 20, 2013 CSM Mourns the Loss of a Great Microbiologist Dr Donald Low
The Canadian Society of Microbiologists, and all Canadians, today mourn the loss of a great microbiologist Dr Donald Low. His undergraduate and post-graduate (medicine) training was at the University of Manitoba and his training in medical microbiology was done at the University of Toronto. Dr. Low is perhaps best known for his leadership in the 2003 SARS crisis, but also was extremely influential nationally and internationally in the fight against the emergence of antibiotic resistance, as well as numerous infectious diseases of great public health concern. He served for many years as the Microbiologist in Chief at Mount Sinai Hospital, and as Professor at the University of Toronto. He was a great leader, mentor and teacher, a dynamic and engaging speaker, always had a twinkle in his eye and a kind word, and was much appreciated by his colleagues. Dr. Low, a CSM member since 1989, was the co-author of over 400 journal publications primarily interested in epidemiology and pathogen resistance to antibiotics. On behalf of Don’s many friends and colleagues in the community of Canadian microbiologists, the CSM extends sincere condolences to Dr. Low’s family.
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