Robert Korneluk


Robert Korneluk

Robert Korneluk


Faculty of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Robert Korneluk, Professor of Paediatrics and of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Ottawa received the prestigious McLaughlin medal from the Royal Society of Canada. The McLaughlin Medal was established in 1978 to recognize outstanding achievements in medical science in Canada.

Dr. Korneluk is internationally recognized for his contributions in human molecular genetics. He has researched therapies for diseases such as cancer, diabetes, neurodegeneration, myotonic dystrophy, and retinal eye disease through the modulation of programmed cell death (apoptosis). In 1995, Dr. Korneluk and his team discovered a family of genes that control apoptosis. As a result, Dr. Korneluk co-founded Aegera Therapeutics Inc., a biotechnology company which focuses on exploiting apoptosis to help cancer patients.

“Bob Korneluk is an outstanding investigator tackling enormously important biological questions. Bob's leadership of a young team of talented researchers has led him to discover a family of genes that have important implications in cancer and neurodegenerative disorders,” says Dr. Peter Walker, Dean at the Faculty of Medicine. “He is a superb mentor, an excellent motivator, a creative thinker and an example for us all. I am delighted to see his qualities and his contributions recognized by the Royal Society of Canada.”

Dr. Korneluk's contributions have been recognized with numerous other awards, including the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine Award of Excellence (1992), a Governor General of Canada 125th Anniversary Commemorative Medal (1993), and an Ottawa Life Sciences Applied Research Award (1995).

Dr. Korneluk is the director of the Solange Gauthier Karsh Laboratory and the Apoptosis Research Center at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), where he has laid a solid foundation for research and the training of future Canadian scientists. He is also a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Senior Scientist, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) International Research Scholar and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC).

Featured Awards and Recognition

  • Distinguished University Professor (2010)
  • Biomedical Science Ambassador Award (2004)
  • Royal Society of Canada - McLaughlin Medal (2003)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (1998)
  • Excellence in Research Award (1996)
  • Ottawa Life Sciences Council Annual Achievement Awards (1995)
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