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Lifetime achievement award

The Professional Section of Diabetes Canada established the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 for the purpose of recognizing Canadian achievement for a lifetime commitment to research excellence.  The award is bestowed upon a prominent Canadian MD or PhD medical scientist who is recognized and nominated by his/her peers for longstanding contribution to the Canadian diabetes community and a leader in diabetes research.  The award consists of a personalized plaque, a cash award and travel and accommodation to attend the presentation ceremony.

The significance of the award is recognized by special lecture delivered by the distinguished award recipient.

Application form

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Dr. I. George Fantus

2019 recipient 

Dr. Fantus graduated from the McGill Faculty of Medicine followed by postgraduate clinical and research training at McGill, the National Institutes of Health (USA) and the University of Toronto. He was then appointed to McGill and the Royal Victoria Hospital. He received a Senior-Chercheur Boursier from the FRQS and became Director of the Metabolic Day Centre at the RVH and Associate Director of the Hormone and Polypeptide Laboratory. He was subsequently recruited to the University of Toronto Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital and the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum and Toronto General Research Institutes. At the University of Toronto, he was Professor of Medicine and Physiology, served as Director, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism (2001-2008) and Associate Dean, Research, at the Faculty of Medicine (2007-2015). He returned to McGill in 2018 as Professor of Medicine, Director, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and Senior Scientist in the Metabolic Disorders and Complications program of the McGill University Health Centre Research Institute. Dr. Fantus served as a member of the council, Vice-Chair and Chair of the Professional Section of Diabetes Canada and was a founding member and editor of the Canadian Journal of Diabetes. He received the Young Scientist Award and the Gerald S. Wong Service Award from Diabetes Canada. He is an elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Past award recipients

Year Recipient
2018 Dr. James Shapiro
2017 Dr. Jean-Louis Chiasson
2016 Dr. Lawrence Leiter
2015 Dr. Barry I. Posner
2014 Dr. Errol B. Marliss
2013 Dr. Denise Daneman
2012 Dr. Hertzel Gerstein
2011 Dr. George Steiner
2010 Raymond V. Rajotte
2009 Dr. Bernard Zinman
2008 Dr. John Dupré
2007 Dr. Mladen Vranic


A nominee must:

  • Be an MD or PhD who is either a Canadian citizen or resident of Canada;
  • Have demonstrated career commitment to hew knowledge and discovery in diabetes research and;
  • Have contributed significantly to the Canadian diabetes community through the commitment of time, skill and/or wisdom

Nomination procedure

A nomination must:

  • Be made by two members of the professional section of Diabetes Canada and/or The National Research Council;
  • Include a completed application form, the nominee's current CV and a minimum of two letters of support outlining the suitability of the nominee for the award; and
  • Nominations will stand for three years

Selection process

Nominations will be reviewed by a commitee of past Lifetime Achievement Award receipients under the direction of the Nomination and Awards pf the Professional Section Executives of Diabetes Canada.

Deadline for nominations

All nominations are to be submitted by April 30, 2019.

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