Medal for Research Excellence

The Kidney Foundation of Canada is committed to supporting excellent renal research in Canada. As part of this commitment, the Foundation established the Medal for Research Excellence in 1996. The medal is presented annually to a Canadian resident who is recognized nationally and internationally for excellence in kidney-related research.

Dr. David Rush2015 Medal for Research Excellence
Dr. David Rush

Dr. Rush’s pioneering work in the use of surveillance biopsies in transplantation made him the first to report the high prevalence of subclinical rejection in renal transplant recipients. With this research, he changed the understanding of the link between early chronic pathologic changes and long-term graft survival...

2014 Medal for Research Excellence
Dr. Adeera Levin

A nephrologist and researcher at St. Paul’s Hospital, Providence Health Care, and the University of British Columbia, Dr. Levin is the first BC researcher to receive the Medal of Research Excellence. Dr. Levin's research has focused on the early development of kidney disease and its association with other conditions, particularly cardiovascular disease (CVD)...

2013 Medal for Research Excellence
Dr. Marcello Tonelli

The first clinician-researcher to show that statin treatment is effective in managing the cardiovascular risk associated with the early stages of chronic kidney disease, Dr. Tonelli’s innovative research has changed Canadian drug policy, improved the health of vulnerable populations, and informed both national and international clinical practice.. .

2012 Medal for Research Excellence
Dr. William Clark

The lead investigator of Canada’s landmark Walkerton Health Study, Dr. William Clark has gained international recognition for his observational studies, randomized clinical trials and treatment of kidney patients. Most recently, he gained world-wide attention for his work examining the increased risks of initiating dialysis treatment early... 

2011 KFOC Medal for Research Excellence
Dr. Norman Rosenblum

Dr. Rosenblum’s research work is focused on studying malformations which occur during development of the kidney and urinary tract. Poorly understood, these abnormalities result in a whole family of diseases that are the leading cause of childhood renal failure... 

2010 KFOC Medal for Research Excellence
Dr. Kevin D. Burns

Dr. Burns’ research work has focused on the functioning of the kidney-based hormone system that regulates blood pressure and fluid levels (renin-angiotensin system or RAS). He has published 80 original contributions, many in high-impact journals, and he has authored or co-authored seven book chapters.... 

2009 KFOC Medal for Research Excellence
Dr. Susan E. Quaggin

A clinical-investigator, Dr. Susan Quaggin has her practice at St. Michael's Hospital and runs a lab at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Her basic research findings have led to an exponential increase in the understanding of the molecular mechanisms that underlie common kidney diseases... 

2008 KFOC Medal for Research Excellence
Dr. Paul R. Goodyer

A graduate of Harvard University, Dr. Paul Rowland Goodyer has been Director, Division of Pediatric Nephrology at the Montreal Children’s Hospital since 1998. His research career spans over 20 years, with a particular interest in molecular genetics, a research field that focuses on genes as determinants of all life processes...

2007 KFOC Medal for Research Excellence
Dr. Catharine Whiteside 

Dr. Catharine Whiteside, distinguished for the remarkable calibre of her kidney-related research, is Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.  Dr. Whiteside has made significant contributions to the understanding of the functional changes associated with diabetic glomerular disease... 

2006 KFOC Medal for Research Excellence
Dr. Robert McGregor Lindsay

Internationally recognized for his research to improve the quality of hemodialysis delivered to patients with end-stage renal disease, Dr. Lindsay is Professor of Medicine at the University of Western Ontario in London and Executive Director of the London Health Sciences Centre Home Hemodialysis Programme...

2005 KFOC Medal for Research Excellence
Dr. Anthony M. Jevnikar

Dr. Jevnikar is Director of Transplantation Nephrology at the London Health Sciences Center and Professor of Medicine, Immunology and Microbiology at The University of Western Ontario in London. Dr. Jevnikar’s primary research interest lies in the molecular mechanisms of renal transplant injury – a principal cause of premature graft failure...

2004 KFOC Medal for Research Excellence
Dr. Daniel Cattran

Honored for his outstanding contributions to new knowledge and the treatment of one of the most important single causes of end-stage renal disease, Dr. Daniel Cattran is an internationally recognized authority on primary glomerular disease. Dr. Cattran shaped the current consensus on treatment for a range of disorders...

2003 KFOC Medal for Research Excellence 
Dr. Harald Sonnenberg

Dr. Harald Sonnenberg joined the Department of Physiology at the University of Toronto in 1967 and remained there until his retirement in 1998. His seminal work in the area of sodium handling by the kidney - one of its most important functions - earned him international renown. Dr. Sonnenberg also played an important role in the clinical teaching of renal physiology...

2002 KFOC Medal for Research Excellence
Dr. Patrick Parfrey

Dr. Patrick Parfrey, University Research Professor at Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland, is a leading world expert on the subject of cardiac disease in dialysis patients. Dr. Parfrey has been instrumental in focusing the attention of the research community on discovering ways to prevent it and, ultimately, improve patient outcomes...

2001 KFOC Medal for Research Excellence
Dr. Philip A. Marsden

A practising nephrologist at St. Michael's Hospital and a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Dr. Patrick Marsden is a leading investigator in the area of molecular medicine. Dr. Marsden is renowned for his study of the cellular and molecular regulation of endothelial gene expression as it relates to the renal and cardiovascular system in health and disease...

2000 KFOC Medal for Research Excellence
Dr. Philip Halloran

Director of the division of nephrology and immunology at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, Dr. Philip Halloran is renowned for his contributions in immunology and immunotherapy. His most recent studies explore what he believes to be major determinants of the survival of a kidney transplant...

1999 KFOC Medal for Research Excellence
Dr. Mitchell L. Halperin

Head of the Division of Nephrology at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Dr. Mitchell L. Halperin has been an active investigator of kidney disease for more than 30 years. His research has found that a diet low in potassium can lead to salt retention which, when combined with high blood pressure, accelerates the progression of kidney disease...

1998 KFOC Medal for Research Excellence
Dr. Daniel Bichet

Director of the Clinical Research Unit at l'Hôpital Sacré-Coeur in Montreal and Professor of Medicine at l'Université de Montréal, Dr. Bichet identified the gene that causes nephrogenic diabetes insipidus in newborns and developed a blood test to detect it. Some of the knowledge gained was then applied to a new study on polycystic kidney disease, a more common hereditary condition...

1997 KFOC Medal for Research Excellence
Dr. Andrew Lazarovits

The late Dr. Andrew Lazarovits was Professor of medicine, immunology and microbiology at the University of Western Ontario, Director of renal transplantation at the London Health Sciences Centre, and a scientist at the Robarts Research Institute. Dr. Lazarovits and his research team developed an antibody that can target and disarm immune cells responsible for organ rejection...

1996 KFOC Medal for Research Excellence
Dr. David Z. Levine

Dr. David Levine’s unique expertise in renal physiology and in disorders of electrolyte and water metabolism has advanced international knowledge in these critical areas.  Widely published in prestigious scientific journals, he also wrote and edited an important book on care of the renal patient...



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