The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

March 10, 2005 11:30 ET

CMHF/Media Advisory: Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Announces 2005 Inductees


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MARCH 10, 2005 - 11:30 ET

CMHF/Media Advisory: Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
Announces 2005 Inductees

LONDON, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 10, 2005) - The Canadian Medical
Hall of Fame (CMHF) announced its 2005 Inductees today. The five
Inductees - luminaries of medicine - forever changed the country's
health care landscape through their innovation and dedication to
advancing the well-being of people everywhere. They are:

Dr. David Hubel

Co-winner of the 1981 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his ground-breaking
research of the visual cortex, the part of the brain involved in vision.
His discoveries have advanced the understanding of brain development
following birth, and emphasized the importance of treating strabismus -
a condition in which the eyes are crossed - at an early age.

Dr. John McEachern

(1873-1947) Identified the value of a national cancer care strategy in
the 1930's. Founding President of the Canadian Society for the Control
of Cancer, the forerunner of the Canadian Cancer Society. He was also a
strong advocate for the Canadian Medical Association, and led the
movement to federate the CMA with provincial medical associations in
1938.

Dr. Ian McWhinney

A founder of modern Family Medicine in Canada, credited with defining
the discipline as a distinct field of medicine. A world-renowned medical
educator, his approach to health care is a basic model used in training
family doctors. He established the Centre for Studies in Family
Medicine, which is regarded as a premier medical research centre in
Canada.

Dr. Anthony Pawson

International leader in biomedical research. His discoveries have
greatly enhanced the understanding of the way cells "communicate" with
each other, and how this communication breaks down in diseases such as
cancer, heart disease, and immune system deficiencies. This research has
led to the development of new cancer treatment drugs.

Dr. Hans Selye

(1907-1982) Scientist, endocrinologist and Nobel prize nominee.
"Father"of the field of stress who discovered the biological stress
response. His initial, and yet one of his greatest, discoveries was that
stress affected the endocrine, gastrointestinal and immune systems
through the brain's release of factors and of hormones, inducing the
production of adrenal steroids, which he subsequently named
-corticoids--. He demonstrated the role of stress in illness and the
interaction between the mind and the body, initiating the era of modern
neuroendocrinology.

The Inductees were selected by an independent committee of leaders from
the medical sciences community.

"When I graduated from McGill Medical School in 1951, over a half
century ago, I could not have imagined that I would ever qualify for
such an honour as to be elected to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.
My fellow medical students would have been equally astonished! I
believe I owe any abilities I may have had in scientific research to my
training in high school, college and medical school in Montreal, and am
forever grateful for that," says 2005 Inductee Dr. David Hubel.

"It is a great honour to be named to The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
as a Builder in Medicine. I came to London in 1968 and, like many
others, have worked to advance the discipline of Family Medicine. To
attain all that has been achieved has taken dedication by many people.
I feel that I represent them all," says 2005 Inductee Dr. Ian McWhinney.

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame will formally induct the five incoming
Laureates on September 22, 2005 at the Shaw Convention Centre in
Edmonton, Alberta.

"True to its tradition, the CMHF recognizes the outstanding achievements
of biomedical scientists whose work has, or will, significantly improve
our lives and by health professionals whose leadership and dedication
have greatly contributed to health care, and our health care system,"
says Dr. Claude Roy, Chair of the CMHF.

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame celebrates discovery and innovation in
medical science with the goal of raising awareness of Canada's rich
medical history. Through educational programs, The Canadian Medical Hall
of Fame encourages young people to pursue careers in the health
sciences, fostering future generations of medical heroes.

Biographies and pictures of the 2005 inductees are available on The
Canadian Medical Hall of Fame website: www.cdnmedhall.org.

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Contact Information

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    jsims@cdnmedhall.org