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Faculty members receive James M. Robinson Memorial and George Elliot Awards

Oct 21, 2016 |


Two School of Population and Public Health faculty have been awarded the James M. Robinson Memorial Award and the George Elliot Awards.

Clinical Associate Professor Eleni Galanis received the James M. Robinson Memorial Award for significant contributions to public health. Administered by the Public Health & Preventive Medicine Residency Program, the mid-career award was presented to Dr. Galanis at the BC Health Officers Council Meeting this week.


Dr. Lem and Dr. Galanis

Dr. Galanis said she was honoured to be have been recognised by her peers in this way.

“It illustrates that our work as public health professionals, often hidden to the public eye, is important and highly valued.”
Clinical Associate Professor Eleni Galanis

Program director Dr. Marcus Lem said Dr. Galanis had shown a lot of leadership as Acting Medical Director of the BCCDC Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Service during the Ebola response in B.C., as well as in coordination with various groups and organizations.

Dr. Galanis is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, and has worked at Health Canada and with the World Health Organization Global Foodborne Infections Network. She has been working on provincial enteric and zoonotic disease surveillance, control and prevention at the BCCDC since 2004.

Professor Martin Schechter was awarded the George Elliot Award for lifetime contribution to public health in B.C. Administered by the Residency Program, this mid to late career award was presented to Dr. Schechter today (21st October).

Dr. Schechter said the award was greatly appreciated and he was honoured to receive it.

“Aw, shucks!”
Professor Martin Schechter

Dr. Lem said Dr. Schechter was a world leader in HIV research, and has helped found organizations such as the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDs.

Dr. Schechter is the founding director of SPPH and a Canada Research Chair in HIV/AIDS and Urban Population Health. He is a founder and national director of the Canadian HIV Trials Network, and was the founding president of the Canadian Association for HIV Research. Dr. Schechter is the author of more than 300 peer-reviewed publications, and was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2004.

Our congratulations to Dr. Galanis and Dr. Schechter!

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