RI-MUHC scientist wins top award for spinal cord injury research
November 13, 2015 – Toronto, Ontario – Canadian Institutes of Health Research. A researcher from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre has received the 2015 Barbara Turnbull Award for Spinal Cord Research. This annual prize is supported through a partnership between the Barbara Turnbull Foundation, Brain Canada, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). This award is in honour of the late Barbara Turnbull for her work in raising awareness about spinal cord injuries and the need for exceptional research in this area to improve the lives of those affected.
Dr. Samuel David, a researcher from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), is the 2015 recipient of this prestigious award for his outstanding contribution to the advancement of world leading spinal cord research conducted in Canada.
- Dr. David and his research team are studying the mechanisms that control the delivery and release of iron in the nervous system. Iron is required for the survival and functioning of nerve cells. However, too much iron can cause damage to nerve cells. Their work has an impact on our understanding of damage following spinal cord and brain injury and diseases such as multiple sclerosis, and ways to promote recovery after nervous system damage.
The announcement took place during the 14th Annual Charles H. Tator-Barbara Turnbull Lectureship Series in Spinal Cord Injury.
Listen to the podcast in which Dr. Rémi Quirion, Quebec’s chief scientist and former Scientific Director for CIHR’s Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction, discusses the Barbara Turnbull Award and Canada’s progress in spinal cord research.
Dr. Anthony Phillips
Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction
President and CEO, Brain Canada
Director, Barbara Turnbull Foundation for Spinal Cord Research