President's Report 2007

Professores emeriti
Fall 2006 convocation

The following Memorial professors were honoured with the distinction professor emeritus during the fall 2006 convocation. The category of professor emeritus is open only to retired members of the faculty. To be eligible, a person must have served at least 10 years as a regular full-time faculty member at Memorial and must have held the rank of professor upon retirement. The prime criterion for nomination is sustained, outstanding scholarly work and/or service to the university.

Dr. Roy West

Dr. Roy West

Dr. Roy West’s academic and professional career has taken him from Uganda – where he worked as chief technologist with the East African Virus Research Institute in the 1960s – to several major Canadian universities where he has dedicated a lifetime to medical research and training future generations of healthcare professionals. Dr. West was educated at both the Institute of Medical Laboratory Sciences in the United Kingdom, as well as McGill University here in Canada where he obtained his master of science in microbiology and immunology and his PhD in epidemiology. As an academic, he has worked at McGill University, McMaster University, and the University of Saskatchewan. In 1991, he came to Memorial University where he was appointed a professor of microbiology in the School of Pharmacy and a professor of epidemiology in the Faculty of Medicine. During a period of his tenure here, he also served as associate dean of the Division of Community Health.


Dr. Pat West and Dr. Roy West


An active member of such organizations as the Canadian Public Health Association and the Canadian Association for Population Therapeutics, Dr. West’s current research interests lie in communicable disease control, including immunization; population-based epidemiology; and primary health care, especially disease prevention and health promotion. Author of dozens of articles and technical reports, Dr. West has presented at conferences throughout North America. His lifelong service to healthcare has not gone unnoticed. Dr. West has received an honorary life membership from the Canadian Public Health Association, the Dedicated Service Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award. In 2002, upon his retirement from Memorial, he was named an Honorary Research Professor.

Dr. Kevin Keough

Dr. Kevin Keough

As one of Canada’s most respected medical researchers, Dr. Kevin Keough has spent much of his career dedicated to advancing medical research in this country. Born in St. George’s, Newfoundland, Dr. Keough was educated at the University of Toronto where he obtained his bachelor and master of science degrees, as well as his PhD in biochemistry in 1971. After spending time at St. Michael’s College at the U of T, the University of Sheffield and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Keough came back home to Newfoundland, taking a post as an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry in 1972. Over the years, he held many positions with Memorial – including several years as head of the Biochemistry department – and has also taught in the Discipline of Pediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine. From 1992-1998, Dr. Keough served as Memorial’s vice-president of research. And, from 1998-2001, his portfolio expanded to including international relations. On secondment from Memorial, in 2001 he took up the new position of chief scientist with Health Canada. Over the next three years, he continued to maintain an active research laboratory at Memorial until he officially retired in 2004.

Dr. Martin Mulligan, Biochemistry, and Dr. Kevin Keough

Throughout this career Dr. Keough has also served key volunteer roles with the Canadian Association of University Research Administrators, the Medical Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Genome Canada. Here in this province, he has been involved with diverse groups ranging from the Newfoundland and Labrador Science Centre and the J.R. Smallwood Centre for Newfoundland Studies. His primary research interest has focused on the structure and function of lipids. More specifically, he has studied the chemistry of surfactant in lungs and the biochemistry of liposomes, fatty compounds that can act as carriers for drugs and vaccines. In 1998, he co-founded NovaLipids Incorporated, based on his liposome innovations. Currently, Dr. Keough is president and chief executive officer with the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research.