Dr. Lori West – a new Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
Dr. Lori West, Director of the ATI and the CNTRP, has recently been elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), the highest academic accolade for scholars, artists and scientists in Canada. Dr. West is one of six faculty members at the UofA elected to the Royal Society of Canada this year, and one of 89 new Fellows elected in Canada’s 150th Anniversary year. Dr. West’s induction into the RSC recognizes the significant impact her research has on the international stage, beginning when Dr. West demonstrated that ABO incompatible heart transplantation could be carried out safely in young babies, without risk of hyper-acute rejection. Dr. West’s leadership to unite the hematopoietic cell transplant, solid organ transplant, and donation/critical care research communities, together with patients and families, into a comprehensive national research network demonstrates her profound impact on the field and commitment to improving outcomes for transplant recipients. The RSC brings together the top Canadian scholars, humanists, scientists and artists to promote learning and research in the arts, the humanities and the sciences. The RSC is Canada’s National Academy and exists to promote Canadian research and scholarly accomplishment in both official languages, to recognize academic and artistic excellence, and to advise governments, non-governmental organizations and Canadians on matters of public interest.
Dr. West will be recognized at an official ceremony in November.