News: Clinical Trials Director Inducted into RSC College


News: Clinical Trials Director Inducted into RSC College

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News: Clinical Trials Director Inducted into RSC College

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Dr. Salah Mahmud

University of Manitoba, Professors Traci Afifi and Salah Mahmud (George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation - Clinical Trials Director) have been elected as members of the Royal Society of Canada’s (RSC) College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

The College is Canada’s first national multidisciplinary recognition system, which honours emerging and productive academics for their contributions to society, with an emphasis on those who take interdisciplinary to their research.

Election to the RSC is considered the highest honour an academic can achieve in the arts, humanities and sciences; and the George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation is proud to have a staff member in this growing cohort.

“Drs. Afifi and Mahmud have made significant contributions to their respective fields of research and teaching,” says Digvir Jayas, vice-president (research and international)  and Distinguished Professor at the U of M. “We are proud of the impact of they have on the global stage and congratulate them on this worthy recognition.”

The researchers will be inducted at the RSC Celebration of Excellence in Winnipeg, Nov. 23-26, 2017.

Salah Mahmud - Director, Clinical Trials Platform

As Canada Research Chair in Pharmacoepidemiology and Vaccine Evaluation, the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences associate professor leads research that will develop cost effective ways to prevent and treat some cancers and common infections. He is studying whether widely used medications such as aspirin, cholesterol-lowering drugs and antidepressants can prevent prostate, colon, cervical and other major cancers. Dr. Mahmud also evaluates the safety and effectiveness of commonly used vaccines, including the flu shot, and he developes mathematical models of infectious diseases.

Dr. Mahmud is an associate professor in both the department of community health sciences and pharmacy who has delivered no fewer than 103 presentations, published 95 peer-reviewed articles, and authored six chapters and nearly 20 reports.