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External Research Awards

Memorial University is home to many outstanding researchers. The work of these individuals (often alongside talented colleagues) has a tremendous impact on our communities and our understanding of the world. It is always a thrill when a dedicated researcher is recognized for their contributions.

On this page we will continue to profile those who have been recently recognized by external agencies. We extend our congratulations to these individuals and all their hardworking colleagues.

2013 Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

To be invited to become a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada is considered the highest honour that can be attained by scholars, artists and scientists in this country.

In citing Dr. Barbara Neis’s, groundbreaking contributions, the RSC states that “her pursuit of community-engaged, international research has had worldwide impact. She has helped explain why fish stocks collapse, shown how fishermen's ecological knowledge can inform science and coastal governance, advanced our understanding of gender and fisheries, and increased the visibility, quality and relevance of research on marine and coastal occupational health.”


2013 Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

Election to fellowship in the Academy is one of the highest scholarly honours in Canada and awarded to those that have demonstrated leadership, creativity, distinctive competencies and a commitment to advance academic health science nationally as well as globally.

Dr. Jane Green, professor of genetics in the Faculty of Medicine, has been at the forefront of genetic research of hereditary cancers and hereditary eye diseases for 35 years. Her studies led to the discovery of novel genes in Newfoundland and Labrador families and a new understanding of pathways to development of cancer and blindness. She works closely with molecular geneticists and genetic counsellors, and families participating in the research have benefited from clinical and genetic screening programs developed and implemented based on the research. In 1993 her research was key to identifying a major colon cancer gene and to the provision of genetic testing.

Dr. Proton Rahman, professor of medicine (rheumatology) in the Faculty of Medicine, is an international leader on the genetic basis of inflammatory arthritis. His pioneering research has led to the identification of numerous novel genes that contribute to the pathogenesis of psoriatic arthritis and anklyosing spondyltis. In collaboration with an international psoriasis consortium, he has identified over half of all psoriatic arthritis genes reaching genome wide significance. he has pioneered the development of the Newfoundland Genealogical Database (NGD) by creatively using information collected for census data. The NGD provides clinicians and researchers with rapid access to a detailed patient pedigree and genealogy linkage with health outcome and pedigree visualization.



2013 Arctic Inspiration Prize 

The $1,000,000 prize is awarded to research teams who have made a substantial, demonstrated and distinguished contribution to the gathering of Canadian Arctic knowledge and have proposed plans to implement this knowledge for real world applications for the benefit of Arctic Peoples.

Northern communities face a multitude of interdependent issues stemming from factors such as climate change, infrastructure deficits and energy insecurity. Dr. Trevor Bell, Department of Geography, is the principal research partner for SakKijânginnatuk Nunalik: the Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) of the Nunatsiavut Government. Dr. Bell and the SCI team are tackling issues central to community wellbeing and sustainability in the context of climate change.


Have you or someone you know been recently recognized for outstanding research? Please be sure to let us know by contacting Ellen Steinhauer at 709-864-2651 or