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IWK physicians recognized by Canadian Paediatric Society

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The following is based on a press release from the IWK Health Centre and Dalhousie University

Four Halifax physicians who practice at the IWK Health Centre and teach at Dalhousie Medical School will receive national awards this week from the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS).

Drs. Peter Camfield, Carol Camfield, Natalie Yanchar and Robert Bortolussi will receive the prestigious awards at the 87th CPS Annual Conference in Vancouver, BC.

“I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to these four deserving individuals,” said Anne McGuire, President and CEO of the IWK Health Centre. “The passion that they have for the work they do has resulted in the betterment of children’s health as a whole.”

Husband-and-wife team Drs. Peter and Carol Camfield will receive the Career Research Award, which recognizes the careers of outstanding and accomplished researchers working on an aspect of pediatric research in Canada. The Camfields have been chosen for their work in the day-to-day care of children with a wide range of neurological disorders.

“They have both contributed immensely to our understanding and the care of children with neurologic disorders,” said Dr. Jonathan Kronick, Chief of Paediatrics at the IWK Health Centre and Dalhousie University. “Their works are cited routinely in new investigations, and recognized around the world.”

As recently retired professors of pediatrics at Dalhousie Medical School, the Camfields have worked and published extensively on pediatric epilepsy, Tourette syndrome, neonatal stroke and migraines. The pair has been acknowledged with a host of awards, co-authored a combined 130 works on pediatric neurology, and served on several editorial boards and research review committees.

Dr. Natalie Yanchar will receive the Victor Marchessault Advocacy Award for her contributions to injury prevention legislation and guidelines. The award honours individuals or organizations who have made outstanding contributions to Canada’s children and youth at the local, provincial or national level.

Dr. Yanchar is the medical director of trauma care at the IWK Health Centre and an associate professor of surgery and emergency medicine at Dalhousie Medical School. Dr. Yanchar is the president and founding member of Injury Free Nova Scotia and helped influence the adoption of legislation in Nova Scotia to protect children and youth from injury and decrease the use of all-terrain vehicles by young children.

“Dr. Yanchar exemplifies the type of advocate for child health for which [this] award was created,” said Drs. Scott Halperin and Jonathan Kronick, fellow colleagues at the IWK Health Centre, in their nomination.

Dr. Robert Bortolussi will receive a Member Recognition Award for his exceptional leadership during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic.

Dr. Bortolussi is a pediatric infectious diseases consultant at the IWK Health Centre and was Vice President of Research for 15 years, stepping down in 2007. Under his leadership, the IWK research program attained national prominence culminating in the construction of the $20 million Dr. Richard B. Goldbloom Research and Clinical Care Pavilion in 2005. He currently directs the AIDS treatment program for children at the IWK, and is a professor of pediatrics and microbiology and immunology at Dalhousie University.  Dr. Bortolussi is also received the sanofi Pasteur Research Award in 2005 for his research on the development of innate immunity in the newborn.

For more information and complete biographies of all the award winners, visit: www.cps.ca.

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