If the scientific program wasn’t enough to entice you to the 42nd CCMG Annual Scientific Conference: The Future is Now, then the social program and award presentations will be something you won’t want to miss!
It is our pleasure to announce the nomination of Dr. Jan Friedman as the recipient of the second F. Clarke Fraser Award for Excellence Mentorship and Teaching, following the nomination last year of Dr. Charles Scriver. Dr. Friedman is a long time respected CCMG member and past president. Knowing all of his clinical, academic and administrative achievements, it will come as no surprise to anyone that CCMG members he mentored have enthusiastically forwarded his name for nomination this year, in recognition of his exceptional teaching and mentoring skills. The department of Medical Genetics in Vancouver grew to international prominence in part because of his selfless support for trainees and junior faculty. Dr. Friedman will be honored at the opening session on the evening of Sunday June 10, where he will give a presentation, followed by the welcome reception where colleagues and past mentees can congratulate Dr. Friedman in person.
This year’s Founders’ Award for Career Achievement will be presented to Dr. David Rosenblatt, who has had an outstanding career across all domains of service, research, teaching, administration, and scholarly activity. Within the CCMG, his presence has been steadfast and ongoing, from its earliest days until now and he remains an enthusiastic advocate for the profession of medical genetics, not only within Quebec but across the Canadian scientific community. The Founders’ Award will be conferred to Dr. Rosenblatt at lunch on Monday June 11 followed by a presentation on his career in medical genetics. Note this will be a bow-tie event.
The John L. Hamerton Service Award will be presented at lunch on Monday, June 11 to Dr. Gail Graham, in recognition of her many and significant contributions to the business of the CCMG. Not only does Dr. Graham get involved in CCMG activities, she is reliable and effective in getting things done. The CCMG has benefitted and continues to benefit from Dr. Graham’s service to the College and we are grateful that she is so committed to our organization.
We are pleased to announce the conferring of Honorary Affiliate of the CCMG status to Dr. Carolyn Brown. Since Dr. Brown joined the UBC Department of Medical Genetics in 1994, she has had a strong impact on CCMG members’ practice. She dedicated her career to unravelling the mechanisms leading to X-chromosome inactivation which opened the field in epigenetic mechanisms and helped medical and laboratory geneticists elucidate the clinical consequences of X chromosome abnormalities. Dr. Brown is also a dedicated teacher and has trained more than 60 undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students, some of whom are now CCMG members. In light of these remarkable achievements, it is an honour for the CCMG to welcome Dr. Brown among us.