FACULTY AWARDS and DISTINCTIONS

2014

All BIRC Scientists - Dean’s Award of Excellence, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Team Award, Biomedical Imaging Research Centre (BIRC)

Dr. Jerry Battista Recipient of the Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching, Western University

Dr. Blaine Chronik Western University Faculty of Science Distinguished Research Professor

Dr. Ting-Yim Lee Elected as a Fellow of COMP at the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists

Dr. Ravi MenonElected Senior Fellow of ISMRM for significant contributions to ISMRM and the discipline of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

Dr. Kibret Mequanint Bikila Professional Excellence Award for distinguished contributions to Biopolymer Technologies and application of Chemical Engineering principles to medicine

Dr. Grace Parraga Radiological Society of North America: Radiology Journal Editor’s Recognition Award for Reviewing with Special Distinction. Outstanding service as a reviewer of scientific manuscripts submitted for publication 

Dr. Terry Peters2014 MICCAI/Philips Enduring Impact Award. International award for pioneering contributions in CT imaging and in bringing computer-assisted intervention (CAI) techniques into clinical practice, particularly for the heart, brain, spine and abdomen

 - Appointed an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer (Jan 2014-Dec 2015)

Dr. Frank Prato - Scientist Career Award - Lawson Impact Awards

Dr. Timothy Scholl - Investigator Award (Level 2), Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

Dr. Jean Theberge - Awarded CCPM Fellowship in MRI

Dr. Aaron Ward - Award of Excellence for Teaching in Electrical and Computer Engineering. University Students’ Council Teaching Honour Roll, Western University 

Dr. Peter Williamson - Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association

2013

Dr. Aaron Fenster honoured by the International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP)
Dr. Aaron Fenster was one of 50 medical physicists recognized by the IOMP for outstanding contributions to the advancement of medical physics and healthcare.  More...

Bioelectromagnetics Society honours Dr. Frank Prato with prestigious D’Arsonval Award
Dr. Frank Prato has received the 2013 D’Arsonval Award from the international Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS), which recognizes extraordinary accomplishment in the discipline of bioelectromagnetics. Dr. Prato is the first Canadian to receive this award. More... 

Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) Gold Medal awarded to Dr. Richard Rankin
Dr. Richard Rankin has received the highest award that can be bestowed by the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) on a CAR member. The Gold Medal is awarded for distinguished and extraordinary service to CAR and the discipline of radiology in the form of outstanding contributions to teaching, basic research, clinical investigation or leadership in radiologic policies and affairs. More... 

Dr. Justin Amann presented with Lois H. Ross Resident Advocate Award
Dr. Justin Amann is the recipient of this year’s Lois H. Ross Resident Advocate Award. The award is given to one individual in the province by the Professional Association of Internes and Residents of Ontario to recognize consistent advocacy on behalf of residents and resident issues. More...

BIRC researcher Dr. Melvyn Goodale elected to esteemed Royal Society
Dr. Melvyn A. Goodale has been elected to the prestigious Royal Society (United Kingdom). Fellows of the Royal Society are elected for life through a peer review process on the basis of excellence in science. Goodale is one of the world’s leading visual neuroscientists. He utilizes neuroimaging in his studies of the human brain as it performs different kinds of visual tasks and is a pioneer in the study of visuomotor control in neurological patients. More... 

2012

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health highlights research of Pamela Zabel and Muriel Brackstone at media event on July 20
During a visit to the Lawson Health Research Institute, Minister Aglukkaq invited researchers Pamela Zabel and Dr. Muriel Brackstone to present their work in breast cancer imaging that makes more efficient use of the medical isotope Technetium -99m. Their formulation helps surgeons determine if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body while reducing the amount of technetium required by up to 90%.

Dr. Ravi Menon, Canada Research Chair
Dr.  Menon’s Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Functional and Molecular Imaging was renewed for a further 6 years.
Chairholders aim to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences. They improve our depth of knowledge and quality of life, strengthen Canada's international competitiveness, and help train the next generation of highly skilled people through student supervision, teaching, and the coordination of other researchers' work.Tier 1 Chairs are awarded $200,000 annually for seven years to fund their research and are awarded to outstanding researchers who have developed reputations as world leaders in their fields. More ...

Dr. Terry Peters Awarded Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research
Dr. Peters has received the Hellmuth Prize in recognition of his international contributions in the area of image-guided surgery and therapy. It is Western University’s highest honour for exceptional achievement in research. More... 

Dr. Grace Parraga wins award for Academic Excellence (Research)
Schulich School or Medicine & Dentistry, Western University has awarded Dr. Grace Parraga with the annual Award of Academic Excellence in Research

Dr. James A. White Receives Mentorship Award
Dr. James White has received the Resident Research Mentorship Award from Western University for excellence in resident research supervision & direction.

Charles Mackenzie Made A Canada Research Chair
Dr. Charles Mackenzie has been made a Tier II Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Translational Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The Chairs program was been designed to encourage and promote top research and innovation in universities. Tier Two Chairholders receive $100,000 annually for five years and are recognized as exceptional and emerging researchers with the potential to lead their respective fields.  More...   

2011

Dr. Terry Peters Presented with Deans Award of Excellence
Dr. Terry M. Peters received the 2011 Deans Award of Excellence for Faculty Award for Research as an individual from the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, the University of Western Ontario.  This award recognizes faculty members for exceptional performance in areas including research, education, administration, innovation, and public service. Only six of these awards are given yearly.

Dr. Aaron Fenster, FCAHS and FInstP 
Dr. Fenster has been awarded a fellowship by the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Fellows are elected based on their demonstrated leadership, creativity, distinctive competencies and a commitment to advance academic health science. Election to Fellowship in the Academy is considered one of the highest honours for individuals in the Canadian health sciences community and carries with it a covenant to serve the Academy and the future well being of the health sciences. More…   

Dr. Fenster has also been made a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IOP).
Fellowship is for those who have made an outstanding contribution or a very high level of achievement within the physics community. 

Tamie L. Poepping
Dr. Tamie Peopping was Awarded the Early Researcher Award by the Ontario Ministry of Research & Innovation. This award is part of Ontario’s Innovation Agenda to attract the best and brightest innovators and researchers from around the world. The Early Researcher Awards program helps promising, recently appointed Ontario researchers build their research teams of undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, associates, and technicians. The goal of the program is to improve Ontario’s ability to attract and retain the best and brightest research talent.

Alex Thomas, Industry Partnered Chair, 2011-2015
Dr. Thomas was made Industry Partnered Chair by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research/Small and Medium Enterprise Collaborative Research Program

2010

Dr. Aaron Fenster Awarded with the Gold medal by COMP
Over the past 22 years, Dr. Fenster has built the Robarts Imaging Laboratories into an internationally recognized group. His team develops technologies that locate cancer with greater precision turns these technologies into devices that can be used to diagnose cancer more accurately and treat it more effectively.The Gold Medal is the highest award given by the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists and will be given to individuals to recognize an outstanding career as a medical physicist who has worked mainly in Canada. It will be awarded as appropriate candidates are selected but it will not generally be given more than once per year. More…

Argyrios Margaritis Given Fellowship by Engineers Canada
BIRC's orld-renowned expert in biochemical engineering and biotechnology, professor Argyrios Margaritis has been Elected a Fellow of Engineers Canada. F.E.C. (2010) for distinguished contributions in research and practice of the Engineering profession in Canada. The Fellowship was created to honour individuals who have given outstanding service to the engineering profession

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Terry M. Peters – Visiting Erskine Fellow, University of Canterbury (Feb 22 – May 8 2010)
Erskine left the University of Canterbury £250,000 in mineral shares to fund visits to Canterbury by distinguished staff in science, engineering and commerce, and to send Canterbury academics from those faculties to top institutions overseas. This was Professor Peters’ second visit to the Univeristy of Canterbury as an Erskine Fellow. As well as delivering the Erskine lecture, he met with researchers at HIT Lab NZ and in the electrical and computer engineering department to discuss possible joint research projects, and gave departmental seminars and lectures. More… Page 3

Grace Parraga Awarded CIHR New Investigator Award (2010-2015)
Dr. Grace Parraga has been presented with the New Investigator Award by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The objective of the New Investigator Salary Award program is to provide outstanding new investigators with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their independence in initiating and conducting health research through provision of a contribution to their salary. The award is up to $60,000 per annum for five years. More…

Robert Stodilka Recieves Dean’s Award of Excellence for Faculty
Dr. Robert Stodilka received the 2010 Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry Dean’s Team Award of Excellence as a member of the Canadian R&D Centre for Probiotics Team.

Giles Santyr Becomes an Industry-Partnered Research Chair
Dr. Giles Santyr was made an Industry-Partnered Research Chair Award by the Canadian Institute of Health Research.

James White Presented with the Young Author Achievement Award
Dr. James White has received the Journal of the American College of Cardiology’s prestigious Young Author Achievement Award for Cardiovascular Imaging.

Dr. Eugene Wong and Dr. Andy Sun both Receive Faculty Scholar Awards, The University of Western Ontario
Western's Faculty Scholar Awards aim to honor and recognize scholarly achievements at critical points of a Faculty member’s career. This award will recognize outstanding contributions in research, teaching or service reflecting sustained excellence in all scholarly activities. This award recognizes the complete scholar who has recently achieved prominence in a select domain. The award provides a scholarly stipend of $7,000 a year for two years. Congratulations to both Dr. Wong and Dr. Sun!

Ting-Yim Lee Honoured with Dean’s Award of Excellence and Made a CIHR Chair
Dr. Lee received the 2010 Deans Award of Excellence for Faculty Award for Research as an individual from the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, the University of Western Ontario.  This award recognizes faculty members for exceptional performance in areas including research, education, administration, innovation, and public service.

Dr. Lee was also recently awarded a  Industry Partnered Chair in CT Functional and Molecular Imaging by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research/Small and Medium Enterprise Collaborative Research Program. His project is entitled “Developing CT Functional and Molecular Imaging Techniques for the Diagnosis of Disease and Monitoring of Treatment Effects in Stroke, Cancer, and Heart Diseases”