Western News – Western researchers selected at the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences


Four Western researchers have been elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS).

Frank Beier, Dr. Ruth Lanius, Kathy Nixon Speechley and Nadine Wathen were among 71 individuals from the Canadian health sciences community to receive this honour.

The CAHS Fellowship recognizes individuals who demonstrate a strong commitment to their area of ​​expertise throughout their life and work. CAHS Fellows are nominated by their peers and selected through a competitive process based on their internationally recognized leadership, academic achievement, scientific creativity, and willingness to serve.

“Becoming a member of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences recognizes the Fellows’ dedication to the health sciences,” said CAHS President Dr. Sioban Nelson. “We are proud of their accomplishments and honored to welcome them to the Academy.”

Frank Beier, Physiology and Pharmacology, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry

Frank Beier (western communications)

Frank Beier is the director of the department of physiology and pharmacology and the Canada Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Research. His to research is in the field of osteoarthritis, and in particular, in the genetic and molecular bases of this disease. Beier has published around 150 peer-reviewed articles and made major contributions to understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms behind osteoarthritis. He is the 2019 recipient of the OARSI Basic Science award, one of the leading international awards in his field.

Dr. Ruth Lanius, Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry

Dr Ruth Lanius

Dr. Ruth Lanius (Lawson Health Research Institute)

Professor of Psychiatry Dr Ruth Lanius is the Harris Woodman Chair in Mind-Body Medicine, director of the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) clinical research program and scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute. Dr. Lanius has received numerous awards, including the Banting Award for Military Health Research. She has published over 150 research articles and book chapters focusing on brain adaptations to psychological trauma and new complementary treatments for PTSD. She lectures on the topic of psychological trauma and is co-author of three books: The effects of early trauma on health and disease, Healing the traumatized selfand Finding Solid Ground: Overcoming Obstacles in Trauma Treatment.

Kathy Nixon Speechley, Pediatrics and Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry

Kathy Nixon-Speechley (Submitted)

Kathy Nixon Speechley is a Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics and a Scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute and the Children’s Health Research Institute. An epidemiologist, his research focuses primarily on the determinants of quality of life in children with chronic illnesses, with an emphasis on children with epilepsy. His publications describing the main risk and protective factors for quality of life in childhood epilepsy have contributed advances in family-centered care. She is a member of the American Epilepsy Society, past president of the Canadian Pediatric Epilepsy Network and was its first representative on the board of the Canadian League Against Epilepsy.

Nadine Wathen, Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences

Nadine Waten

Nadine Wathen (West Communication)

Nadine Waten is a professor at the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing and Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Mobilization on Gender-Based Violence (GBV). As an internationally renowned researcher in the fields of GBV and health inequalities, Wathen is generating and mobilizing knowledge that has had a significant impact on responses to violence and inequity in Canada and abroad. She is committed to using research to improve policy, practice, and public responses to improve well-being and advance justice for people experiencing interpersonal and structural violence and inequality.


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