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emerging infectious diseases that threaten our good health.

Embil Awards

Thanks to the enthusiasm, generosity and dedication of a single family, the Canadian Foundation for Infectious Diseases (CFID) is able to present two annual Embil awards – one to a trainee for research excellence, and one to a teacher for mentorship.

Juan A. Embil Trainee Award for Excellence in Infectious Diseases Research

Established in memoriam by his wife, Lourdes, and his son Dr. John M. Embil, this award commemorates the senior Dr. Embil (1923-94), and has been awarded continuously since 2002. Dr. Juan A. Embil held the positions of Professor of Microbiology and Community Health and Epidemiology and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Dalhousie University. His research included numerous studies on cytomegalovirus, Chlamydia trachomatis, hepatitis B, arboviruses and a multitude of other pathogens and clinical conditions observed in the Atlantic provinces. The prize in his name (consisting of $1500 and a commemorative plaque) is offered to current or recent trainees whose published work will have a far-reaching and durable impact on the health of Canadians.

Eligibility:

  • Be enrolled in a two-year Infectious Diseases Training Program at a Canadian University or within one year of completing their Infectious Diseases training
  • Have completed their research project during their 2 year Infectious Diseases Training Program
  • Have a manuscript published, or submitted for publication, that stems from their research

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2017 Recipient

Dr. Matthew P. Cheng, Division of Infectious Diseases and Department of Microbiology and Immunology, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, PQ


  • Supervisor: Dr. Christina Greenway, Division of Infectious Diseases, Jewish General Hospital and McGill University. Montreal, PQ
  • Research Topic: "Risk of Active Tuberculosis in Patients With Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis". Download publication

Previous Recipients

  • 2016 Dr. Allison Mah (University of British Columbia)
  • 2015 Dr. Derek R. MacFadden (University of Toronto)
  • 2014 Dr. Jerome A. Leis (University of Toronto)
  • 2013 Dr. Leyla Asadi (University of Alberta)
  • 2012 Dr. Cecilia Costiniuk (University of Ottawa)
  • 2011 Dr. Yoav Keynan (University of Manitoba)
  • 2010 Dr. Donald Vinh (NIH, Bethesda; University of Manitoba)
  • 2009 Not awarded
  • 2008 Dr. Andrea Boggild (University of Toronto)
  • 2007 Dr. Tom Szakacs (University of Ottawa)
  • 2006 Dr. Duncan Webster (Dalhausie University)
  • 2005 Dr. Andrea Boggild (University of Toronto)
  • 2004 Dr. Patrick Tang (University of Toronto)
  • 2003 Dr. Caroline Quach-Thanh (McGill University)
  • 2002 Dr. Deepali Kumar (University of Toronto)

 

John M. Embil Mentorship Award in Infectious Diseases

Dr. John M. Embil followed his father into a career in medicine. Since 1997 he has been a consultant in Infectious Diseases at the University of Manitoba Health Sciences Centre, where he is also Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine Section of Infectious Diseases and Department of Medical Microbiology, and Director of the Infection Prevention and Control Unit at the Health Sciences Centre. In 2010, he endowed the Dr. John M. Embil Mentorship Award in Infectious Diseases. This award (consisting $1000 and a commemorative plaque) recognizes the commitment and dedication of clinical specialists in Infectious Diseases who have performed extraordinary service as role models and mentors to junior clinicians, faculty, fellows, and students involved in the field of infectious diseases.

Eligibility:

  • Be a specialist in Clinical Infectious Disease
  • Have demonstrated commitment and extraordinary effort in mentorship by, for example:
  • Stimulating excellence in clinical care in infectious diseases
  • Promoting and encouraging activities in global health
  • Assisting students to present and publish their work, to find financial aid, and to find their career path of choice
  • Providing encouragement, and strategies for life in the scholarly community
  • Continued interest in the individual's professional advancement

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2017 Recipient

Dr. Kurt E. Williams MD, FRCPC, Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Saskatchuan and Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon, SK.

Previous Recipients

  • 2016 Dr. Caroline Quach (McGill University)
  • 2015 Dr. Sharon L. Walmsley (University of Toronto)
  • 2014 Dr. Curtis L. Cooper (University of Ottawa)
  • 2013 Dr. Anne McCarthy (University of Ottawa)
  • 2012 Dr. Jonathan Angel (University of Ottawa)
  • 2011 Dr. John Conly (University of Calgary)
  • 2010 Dr. Allan Ronald (University of Manitoba)

 

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