Five eminent University of Ottawa researchers elected Fellows by the Royal Society of Canada

Posted on Saturday, November 16, 2013

OTTAWA, November 16, 2013 — The University of Ottawa is proud to announce that professors John Bell, Linda Cardinal, Annette O’Connor, Robert Roberts and Patrick J. Walsh have been elected as Fellows in the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) during their Annual General Meeting in Banff, Alberta. Being elected as Fellow is the highest academic accolade available to scientists and scholars in Canada. 

John Bell - Department of Medicine and Biochemistry Microbiology and Immunology and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

John Bell is an international leader in the development of “oncolytic viruses” for cancer therapy. Dr. Bell discovered that many viruses have a natural preference for infecting and killing cancer cells. Their studies have demonstrated that these viruses not only kill the cancer cells, but also stimulate the host to mount an aggressive anti-tumor response that takes over from the viruses to continue the fight against the cancer. There work has led directly to highly successful clinical trials that have established the efficacy of this new therapeutic paradigm.

Linda Cardinal - School of Political Studies

Linda Cardinal is an internationally renowned specialist who innovatively contributed to research into Canada’s Francophone minorities within Canadian and comparative politics. In debates on identity and linguistic policies, as well as in those on citizenship, institutions and governance, she has infused new life and given an international influence to research on Canada’s French-speaking communities.

Annette O’Connor - Department of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Nursing

Annette O’Connor’s novel measures, frameworks and interventions have contributed to the emergence of a new field of ‘shared medical decision making’. Her ground-breaking studies have created new knowledge, tools and standards for informing patients about difficult treatment decisions and have underpinned new policies and legislation internationally to promote shared decision making between patients and health professionals. Her leadership has been pivotal in creating an international academic forum for the field.

Robert Roberts - President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer, University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Robert Robert’s work has produced major advances in the fields of heart biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics. He developed important tests to assess heart damage in patients after a heart attack. In addition, he pioneered work defining gene mutations underlying very significant human cardiac diseases such as  arrhythmias and atherosclerosis. His work is published in prestigious scientific journals and has been recognized internationally with numerous awards and honours.

Patrick J.Walsh – Department of Biology

Patrick J. Walsh, currently President of the Canadian Society of Zoologists, is one of the world’s finest integrative animal biologists, his research spanning behaviour, physiology, biochemistry, genomics and toxicology. Best known for discoveries in fish nitrogen metabolism, his impact runs the gamut from evolutionary theory, the role of fish in the earth’s carbon economy, the integration of cellular acid-base regulation and metabolism, to interactions between the oceans and human health

The primary objective of the RSC is to promote learning and research in the arts and sciences. The RSC consists of nearly 2000 Fellows, men and women who are selected by their peers for outstanding contributions to the natural and social sciences, in the arts and in the humanities.

The University of Ottawa is committed to research excellence and encourages an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge creation, which attracts the best academic talent from across Canada and around the world.

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