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William Leggett receives prestigious lifetime achievement award

Dr. William Leggett.

William Leggett, professor emeritus in the Department of Biology and Queen's 17th principal, has received the H. Ahlstrom Lifetime Achievement Award from the Early Life History Section of the American Fisheries Society for his contributions to the fields of larval fish ecology.

The American Fisheries Society is the biggest association of professional aquatic ecologists in the world, with over 9,000 members worldwide.

"œIt feels good to be singled out by such large group of people who I respect so highly," says Dr. Leggett. "œI didn'™t expect to receive this award so it'™s a big honour and thrill to get it."

Dr. Leggett'™s research focuses on the dynamics of fish populations and his work as a biologist and a leader in education has been recognized nationally and internationally. A membership in the Order of Canada, a fellowship from the Royal Society of Canada, and the Award of Excellence in Fisheries Education are just some of the awards he has received for outstanding contributions to graduate education and marine science.

The Early Life History Section of the American Fisheries Society recognized Dr. Leggett'™s "œexceptional contributions to the understanding of early life history of fishes that has inspired the careers of a number of fisheries scientists worldwide and has led to major progress in fish ecology and studies of recruitment dynamics."

The award was recently presented in Quebec City at the 38th annual Larval Fish Conference held in conjunction with the 144th annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society.

 

World-class research facility receives funding

SNOLAB receives provincial funding worth $28.8 million.

Today, at Science North, Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, announced $28.8 million in provincial funding over the next five years to support the operation of the Queen’s-affiliated, SNOLAB, a world-class international facility for deep underground science. The laboratory is located two kilometres underground in the Vale Creighton mine in Sudbury.

"Provincial government and Queen's University representatives announce funding for SNOLAB"
John Fisher, Interim VP (Research), Minister Reza Moridi and SNOLAB director Nigel Smith (Physics) explored the underground laboratory prior to the funding announcement.

“SNOLAB is a world-renowned underground laboratory specializing in neutrino and dark matter physics, and our government is proud to continue supporting this important research,” says Minister Moridi. “Through investments in facilities like SNOLAB, Ontario is paving the way for future discoveries that can add to our understanding of the universe, as well as strengthening our province's competitive edge."

Born out of the Queen’s-led Sudbury Neutrino Observatory – for which Queen’s Professor Arthur McDonald was named the co-recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics – SNOLAB is one of only a handful of underground laboratories worldwide capable of supporting the current and future generations of subatomic and astroparticle physics experiments, seeking to unlock the mysteries of the universe.

The work conducted as part of the SNO collaboration and subsequently at SNOLAB has led to groundbreaking results cementing Canada’s, and Queen’s, reputation as a world leader in the field.  Building on this history of success, Queen’s is home to Gilles Gerbier, the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Particle Astrophysics. SNOLAB continues to attract top-flight scientific collaborations, including the Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre (CPARC).

"SNOLAB neutrino detector"
A researcher works deep underground in Sudbury.

"The provincial support for operations is crucial to Ontario's leadership in high impact fundamental research, the long-term competitiveness of Canada’s research facilities and affiliated universities such as Queen’s,” says John Fisher, Interim Vice-Principal (Research). “The work happening at SNOLAB has, and will continue to have, a real and substantial impact on how we detect and understand the fundamental components of our universe, with a remarkable potential for wide spread impact.”

The funds will be used to employ the 96 staff at SNOLAB and support the operations and maintenance of our world-leading facilities, allowing Canadian researchers and their international partners to undertake world-class research into astroparticle physics, nuclear and particle physics, astronomy, genomics and mining innovation.

“SNOLAB is really delighted to be the recipient of continued operational funding from the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science,” says Nigel Smith (Physics), SNOLAB director. “Coupled with support from the federal government and in-kind support from Vale, our mining hosts, the $28.8 million award from the ministry will allow continued operations at SNOLAB over the next five years. This will allow us to attract and support world-leading experiments and researchers to Northern Ontario and maintain Canadian leadership within the global deep underground research community."

For more information on SNOLAB visit the website.

About SNOLAB

SNOLAB is an underground science laboratory specializing in neutrino and dark matter physics. Located two kilometres below the surface in the Vale Creighton Mine located near Sudbury Ontario Canada, SNOLAB is an expansion of the existing facilities constructed for the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) solar neutrino experiment. SNOLAB’s member institutions include Queen’s University, Carleton University, Laurentian University, Université de Montréal and the University of Alberta. Researchers at these institutions are active participants in the SNOLAB research program.

Queen’s student second Canadian to receive a Link Foundation Fellowship

"Queen’s PhD student Matthew Holden sits in front of a microscope at the Laboratory for Percutaneous Surgery"
Queen’s PhD student Matthew Holden has won a Link Foundation Fellowship in Modeling, Simulation, and Training. (Supplied photo)

Queen’s PhD student Matthew Holden has won a Link Foundation Fellowship in Modeling, Simulation, and Training – making Mr. Holden the second ever Canadian recipient of a Link Foundation Fellowship.

Mr. Holden studies in Queen’s School of Computing and his interdisciplinary research was recognized as a perfect fit in the context of the Link Foundation’s mission to support promising, innovative, and well-designed projects in the founders’ fields of interests.

“I am honoured to become a fellow of the Link Foundation and I am looking forward to dedicating myself fully to this research,” says Mr. Holden.

Established in 1953 by Edwin Link, inventor of the flight simulator, and his wife Marion, the Link Foundation offers awards in three major areas – energy, simulation, and ocean engineering and instrumentation research – to support doctoral students who demonstrate leadership and excellence in their respective fields. Fellowships are only available to students enrolled at U.S. or Canadian universities.

“Matthew Holden is an exemplary student and well-deserving of the recognition of the Link Foundation. His research in modeling, simulation, and training has proven to be world-class with this award,” says Gabor Fichtinger, Professor in the School of Computing with cross-appointments in Surgery, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering.

As part of the Laboratory for Percutaneous Surgery (The Perk Lab), Mr. Holden is doing research within an interdisciplinary environment, at the intersection between certain scholarships, such as computing, education, and medicine. He’s focusing on ways to assess medical trainees’ competence and to provide them with automated feedback as part of simulation-based training for ultrasound-guided interventions. His work is timely considering the recent move at Queen's to a competency-based medical education model (CBME) across all 29 medical residency programs, as opposed to the traditional time-based model.

The time-based model assumes that a trainee practises procedures for a fixed amount of time. “This framework implies that the trainee is told, for example, ‘Practice this for one week,’ and at the end of the week, the trainee is considered competent. However, in real life, things are not so simple,” Mr. Holden says. “A competency-based model means that you have to practise the procedure until you have reached both a cognitive and technical competence benchmark.”

How should the competency of the trainees be assessed to let them progress to real patient encounters?

“This is the core question of my research,” says Mr. Holden. “In theory, we can have an expert who stands over your shoulder and watches what you are doing. Unfortunately, it is not feasible for many reasons. Alternatively, there is an option to automate the process of assessment. We can use recent medical imaging and tracking technologies to help assess these trainees automatically and relieve the burden on the experts.”

Those technologies can also be used to guide trainees through the procedure and provide them with objective feedback after the training is over. “The system will tell them, for example, ‘You scored well on this, and you can perform better by taking these steps.’ We also will use a monitor or a holographic display to visualize the anatomy and show trainees what is going on under the skin.”

Some of the technologies developed in The Perk Lab have already been adopted at the Clinical Simulation Centre at Queen’s. However, getting the training system integrated into the actual training setting may be challenging due to the guidelines associated with medical training.

“There are already a lot of frameworks and guidelines about how medical personnel should be trained and the competencies they should achieve. Researchers in the field need to think about that when designing training systems.”

Mr. Holden credits his colleagues for his success, speaking gratefully about the supportive and encouraging atmosphere in The Perk Lab. “Computers are nice because they behave predictably. You tell them to do something, and they do something,” he says, smiling. “But the key is that we can work together in the lab. We have a great team with diverse skills and act collaboratively.”

Mr. Holden prefers to use ultrasound as a big imaging modality for many reasons. “While operating with ultrasound you can act in real time, see images immediately, and guide some medical instruments like a needle to a particular target. Ultrasound is not harmful to a patient and not expensive. Yet, I am trying not to be short-sighted. Perhaps in 10 years there will be another imaging modelling that will be even better than ultrasound. New applications are always developing, and researchers in the field will always have new things to train people for.”

More information on the Link Foundation Fellowship is available on the foundation’s website.

This story was adapted from a story by Natalia Mukhina, School of Graduate Studies.

Canada and Queen's seeking international scholars

 

The federal government has launched the Canada 150 Research Chairs program to recruit top-tier researchers to Canada in celebration of our country's 150th anniversary. Queen’s University is participating in hopes of attracting internationally-based scholars and researchers to Kingston. 

"Canada 150 Research Chairs logo"This program aims to enhance Canada's reputation as a global centre for science, research, and innovation excellence by recruiting up to 35 top-tier academics to Canada. To help attract these prominent academics, the federal government will provide Canadian institutions with a one-time investment for non-renewable chair positions, tenable for seven years at either $350,000 per year or $1 million per year.  

“The Canada 150 Research Chairs program provides a significant opportunity for Queen’s to bolster its research capacity and reputation,” says John Fisher, Interim Vice-Principal (Research). “Additional research chairs would contribute to our prominence in the knowledge economy and be a fitting commemoration of both the sesquicentennial and our 175th anniversary. On behalf of Queen’s, I want to thank the federal government for this important investment in fundamental science and Canadian research excellence.” 

The university will begin reviewing applicants on July 24 and, per the government’s deadlines, candidates must be registered with the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development by mid-August. Full applications are to be submitted a month later, and successful candidates should be announced before year’s end. Cynthia Fekken, Associate Vice-Principal (Research), says Queen’s has launched a comprehensive campaign to identify potential chair nominees. 

“Every Canadian university is competing for these spots, and there is a huge amount of interest in the program,” says Dr. Fekken. "If we are successful, we hope to make a lasting and significant contribution to the diversity, equity and inclusion goals of both the Government of Canada and Queen's. As part of the process, Queen’s is leaving itself open to the recruitment opportunities which present themselves, rather than prescribing a specific field for the search." 

According to the Canada 150 Research Chairs program criteria, successful candidates will be outstanding scholars with a world class reputation and can be appointed to a tenure stream or a tenured position at the rank of assistant professor, associate professor or full professor. Candidates can be recruited to Queen's from any discipline that is affiliated with an academic department in the Faculties of Arts and Science, Health Sciences, or Engineering and Applied Science. Candidates must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent final degree) and demonstrate a track record of excellence in maintaining an outstanding externally-funded research program, and in teaching and training of highly-qualified personnel as evidenced in an exceptional curriculum vitae and exceptional letters of reference.  

Queen’s has a strong track record in applying for similar federal funding opportunities. For example, the university successfully applied for a Canada Excellence Research Chair in Particle Astrophysics and recruited Gilles Gerbier in 2014. He's one of 47 research chairs now at Queen’s. 

If the university is successful in securing Canada 150 Research Chairs, it will be addition to the Principal’s faculty renewal plan. It was announced earlier this year and will see Queen’s hiring up to 41 new tenure track faculty in 2017-18, and up to 200 new faculty over five years. When faculty turnover is taken into account, the net result is expected to be the addition of about 10 new faculty per year to Queen’s.

The Principal identified faculty renewal as a high priority for reinvestment by the university and it will support Queen’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and enable the hiring of promising early- and mid-career faculty.

To learn more about Queen’s recruitment efforts related to the Canada 150 Research Chair program, visit the faculty recruitment website. You may also learn more about the Canada 150 Research Chair program on the Canadian government’s website. 

International students offered taste of grad studies at Queen’s

Queen's in the World

Students from around the globe got a glimpse of life as a graduate student at Queen’s at a recent event held through the School of Graduate Studies (SGS).

Every summer, SGS invites students participating in the Mitacs Globalink international research internships to visit Queen’s and Kingston. During their day-long visit, the undergraduate students – who are spending the summer working on research projects at various Canadian universities (including Queen’s) – take a campus tour, meet with graduate students and professors from various fields, and take a trolley bus tour through Kingston.

“It’s an opportunity for them to learn about research opportunities at Queen’s and the advantages of studying and living in Kingston,” says Kim McAuley, Acting Vice-Provost and Dean, SGS.

Several international students visited Queen's last week, exploring graduate studies options, and touring campus and Kingston (with Kingston Trolley Tours, above). 

“The interns make personal connections with our faculty and current graduate students so they can envision studying as future master’s or PhD students at Queen’s. The interns see that current international graduate students are working on interesting research projects with talented professors. Globalink helps Queen’s attract top international graduate students with external funding from Mitacs.”

For Daniela Iribe Gonzalez, the Queen’s visit was a chance to explore Queen’s research program and see if it would be a good fit for her and her studies in geodetic engineering.

“I’d heard that Queen’s is really good at research. I enjoy the research and I want to do more,” says Ms. Iribe Gonzalez, a student from Mexico who is spending the summer on a Globalink internship at the University of Ottawa. While she hasn’t made any decisions on where she’ll apply to graduate school, she was impressed with what Queen’s offers. “People are very welcoming and the campus is beautiful,” she says.

Jiaqi Chen, from China, is currently a research intern at Queen’s, working with Professor Mark Daymond in Mechanical and Materials Engineering. He’s considering graduate studies in Canada, but has yet to make any firm application decisions.

“I’ve only been here about 10 days. The work I’m doing is different than I expected, but it’s interesting,” he says. “I find Kingston and Queen’s to be a quiet and beautiful place. Life is slower here than in China and the people are very nice. I’ve never been abroad before, and my English is not always great, but so far, I think everyone understands me and they have been helpful."

In total, Queen’s hosted seven Mitacs research interns and 13 undergraduate Globalink students from other universities at the event. Currently, seven Mitacs Graduate Research Fellows study at Queen’s, and this summer, the university is hosting nine undergraduate Globalink research interns. Many of them attended the event as well. More info about the organization’s internships and scholarships is available on their website.

Through existing and developing research collaborations, student mobility programs, and international activities at home, Queen’s continues to expand its global reach and offer students and researchers a diverse and enriching environment that pushes their thinking and offers them opportunities to create a lasting impact on their communities, and the world as a whole. Learn more on the International website.

 

 

Five Queen’s students earn Vanier scholarships

Five Queen’s University doctoral students have earned Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships designed to help Canadian institutions attract and retain highly qualified doctoral students. The five winners’ areas of study include breast and lung cancer, exercise training programs, pre-cancerous cells, emotions, and persistent genital arousal disorder.

The scholarships provide each student with $50,000 per year for three years during their doctoral studies.

“These are Canada’s most prestigious awards for doctoral students and they will put these young scholars on solid footing for future research success,” says Brenda Brouwer, Vice-Provost and Dean, School of Graduate Studies. “Our five new Vanier Scholars have shown their tremendous research potential. They are also role models for other students at Queen’s, and will mentor their colleagues and peers. We congratulate them on their success.”

This year's recipients include:

Taha Azad

Taha Azad - Mr. Azad has developed a light emission-based biosensor tool to detect interactions between proteins involved in Hippo signaling. The Hippo signaling pathway is involved in restraining cell proliferation. The tool allows the discovery of regulators, which are capable of promoting cancer cell proliferation and metastasis. Mr. Azad is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

 

Elina Cook

Elina Cook - Ms. Cook’s work aims to enable earlier surveillance and treatment for blood cancer development in the elderly. For Canada’s aging population, this may facilitate a shift toward more targeted, preventative medicine. Additionally, this means that aggressive, often unsuccessful cancer therapies could be avoided in an already frail population, which would improve individuals’ quality of life and the healthcare burden overall. Ms. Cook is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

 

Kalee De France

Kalee De France - Ms. De France is exploring emotions and how individuals learn to regulate emotions in order to operate in line with social norms and to prevent emotions from impeding social and academic functioning. She is exploring three questions: what are the differences in regulation across adolescence; what external mechanisms are responsible for this change; how do changes in adolescent emotion regulation relate to well-being. Ms. De France is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

 

Jacob Bonafiglia

Jacob Bonafiglia - Mr. Bonafiglia and his supervisor Brendon Gurd (Kinesiology and Health Studies) are exploring genetic responses to acute exercise, skeletal muscle responses to training, and the use of progressive statistics to characterize individual exercise responses and better understand the potential of non-responders. Mr. Bonafiglia is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

 

Robyn Jackowich

Robyn Jackowich - The main goal of Ms. Jackowich’s study is to improve our understanding of the complex nature of persistent genital arousal disorder by examining psychosocial function, sensory characteristics (including sensitivity to touch and heat), and blood flow processes in a controlled study framed by the biopsychosocial perspective. She is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

 

The Government of Canada awards up to 167 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships each year for highly qualified doctoral students who demonstrate academic excellence, research potential, and leadership. For more information on the awards and this year’s winners, visit the federal government’s website.

A rock solid career

Dr. Heather Jamieson (middle) working at her first geological job in 1971.

At a time when women didn’t often work in the engineering field, a teenage Heather Jamieson was already working as geological field assistant for Noranda Inc. back in 1971. It’s pioneering efforts like these that earned Dr. Jamieson the Peacock Medal from the Mineralogical Association of Canada.

She’s only the third woman to receive this honour from the professional society. The medal is awarded to a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to the mineral sciences in Canada.

“I knew both of the other women, so being named in the same category as them is very meaningful,” says Dr. Jamieson (Environmental Studies, Geological Sciences). “I’m honoured by this award.”

Born and raised in the mining town of Rouyn-Noranda, Dr. Jamieson had an early interest in geology. In 1971, as a high school student, she was hired to work as an assistant to Susan Atkinson, one of the first women hired by the local mineral exploration company. She did her undergraduate work in geology at the University of Toronto when only five to 10 per cent of her class were female.

“A lack of women in our discipline was always a topic of discussion and there were also practical issues when it came to field trips,” says Dr. Jamieson. “There were some barriers but it was also fun to be a pioneer. We opened doors for other female students and Queen’s undergraduate numbers in my discipline are now split about 50/50.”

Over the years, Dr. Jamieson has developed into a world leader in environmental mineralogy when it comes to trace elements at active or abandoned mines. She has advanced and redefined the sub discipline of mineralogy by incorporating cutting-edge analytical techniques. The impact of her science is truly international - spanning academia, industry, government and First Nations. She and her graduate students are currently working at the Giant Mine in Yellowknife on arsenic contamination of soils, lake sediments and dust.

And involving her students in her work has been a key to her success, she says.

“I like working with young people and challenging them in their research,” says Dr. Jamieson. “I’ve had about 50 students graduate that I supervised that are now working in their fields. They are all contributing to the solution for environmental problems and environmental contamination. I also appreciate all my colleagues and collaborators that helped me earn this award.”

For more information visit the Mineralogical Association of Canada website.

A lifetime honour

Two Queen’s professors named Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Andrew Pollard (Mechanical and Materials Engineering) and Christopher Pickles (Mining Engineering) have been named Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in recognition of their career achievements

Dr. Pollard, the Queen’s University Research Chair in Fluid Dynamics and Multiscale Phenomena, is an internationally-recognized expert in computational and experimental methods in thermo-fluid sciences, high-performance computing and renewable energy.

Christopher Pickles

Dr. Pickles is regarded as Canada’s leading authority on microwave heating for metallurgical applications. He has been a pioneer in the development of microwaves for processing ores, precious metal residues, and waste materials and is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum.

“Fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Engineering, one of Canada’s three national academies, is a recognition of significant research leadership and impact,” says John Fisher, Interim Vice-Principal (Research).  “My sincere congratulations to Drs. Pollard and Pickles on this important national achievement.”

Arriving at Queen’s in 1981, Dr. Pollard has built an international reputation as a leader in a number of engineering disciplines. He has helped create and contributed to learned societies, professional bodies, and national and international associations of engineers and scientists and his work on renewable energy has help to advance changes in provincial environmental policy.

“This is the pinnacle of achievement for my career,” says Dr. Pollard. ““As an undergraduate and then as a grad student in England, I always felt I could do more, that I should be doing more, I wanted to take a leadership role and do something significant, something important. That is what this award represents, my body of work. I can look back at my career with pride.”

Andrew Pollard

Dr. Pickles echoes that sentiment. “I often feel very lucky to be a professor and derive my greatest satisfaction from working with young people and seeing them do well. Somewhere early in my career I realized my job was simply to give young people a chance,” says Dr. Pickles. “To be recognized by one’s colleagues as a Fellow of CAE is a great honour.  It certainly confirms that a useful contribution has been made. As I look back on my career I know I didn't get here by myself, so this award also recognizes those who have supported me along the way.”

Election to the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) is one of the highest professional honours accorded an engineer. Fellows have distinguished themselves in different sectors including business, academia and government and in different roles such as business management, executive management, technical, and university faculty. Fellow of the CAE are nominated and elected by their peers (current CAE Fellows) to honorary fellowship in the Academy in view of their distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession.

“Given my many research activities and the various recognitions I have been honoured to receive, I think my most important contribution to society and my enduring legacy are my students: those I have taught in the classroom and those I have nurtured in research,” says Dr. Pollard. “Their successes in academe, industry and society give me great satisfaction and immense pride in their accomplishments.”

Visit the CAE website for more information.

Last chance to see New Eyes on the Universe exhibit

The New Eyes on the Universe exhibit – featuring the groundbreaking work of Queen's Professor Emeritus and Nobel Laureate Art McDonald, and his team at SNOLAB – will be on view at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre for one more week, until July 9.

The interactive exhibit highlights the discoveries of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) project. Dr. McDonald shared the 2015 Nobel Prize in physics for this experiment, which proved that solar neutrinos change their flavour en route to Earth, an important discovery for explaining the nature of matter and the structure of the universe.

Created by SNOLAB with Science North, this touring installation in the Agnes atrium features a special component for the Queen's setting: a real-time cloud chamber that makes visible some of the subatomic particles that continually bombard us.

Admission is free. More information available in the Gazette or on the Agnes website.

International research leader earns top honour

Queen’s Professor Paula James was recognized for her work with inherited bleeding disorders.

Queen’s University Professor Paula James, one of Canada’s leading researchers in inherited bleeding disorders, has been honoured with the Cecil Harris Award by the Canadian Hemophilia Society.

The award is presented to a physician in recognition of distinguished contributions in the areas of research or the advancement of the care of patients with inherited bleeding disorders. The award has not been presented in 10 years.

Dr. Paula James has earned the Cecil Harris Award.

“I’m proud and humbled to receive this national honour,” says Dr. James (Medicine and Pathology and Molecular Medicine, School of Medicine). “It was made even more special to receive the award from my mentor Dr. David Lillicrap.”

Drs. James and Lillicrap are principal investigators of the Clinical and Molecular Hemostasis Research Group located jointly between Queen’s and Kingston General Hospital. The focus of the lab is to utilize a variety of experimental approaches to understand the molecular basis of blood coagulation and to develop strategies to translate this knowledge into clinical benefits.

After completing her training in internal medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. James came to Queen’s to complete her clinical hematology fellowship. She then entered a 30-month training in basic laboratory research in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine. During this time, she honed her talents as an accomplished clinician and researcher in the field of inherited bleeding disorders.

In her clinic, Dr. James directs the Southeastern Ontario Regional Inherited Bleeding Disorder Program and has established a Women’s Bleeding Disorder Clinic. Her expertise in the care of von Willebrand Disease (VWD) – a lifelong bleeding disorder which affects the blood’s ability to clot – has been recognized by the international bleeding disorder community. She also leads a research program with a focus on VWD along with hemophilia.

“For sure, an award like this is a recognition of a team effort,” says Dr. James.  “I’m fortunate to work with great people on a daily basis.”

Dr. James’ Let’s Talk Period website features a bleeding assessment tool to help women that may be suffering from bleeding disorders. More than 2,000 women have taken the test in 106 countries and the website has had more than 15,000 views.

“Receiving this award has given me even more motivation to work harder and help more people,” says Dr. James. “I’m committed to my patients and passionate about my work and I want to help. That’s always been my goal.”

For more information on the award please visit the Canadian Hemophilia Society website.

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