Two Dal alum receive 2017 Governor General Innovation Awards
Dr. Patricia Lingley-Pottie (BScN’88, PhD’11), assistant professor in Dalhousie’s Department of Psychiatry, along with Dr. Patrick McGrath, Dalhousie professor of science, pediatrics, psychiatry, and community health and epidemiology, are co-recipients of a 2017 Governor General’s Innovation Awards for their pioneering work to establish the Strongest Families Institute. Strongest Families brings quality, timely care in patients’ homes via telephone and Internet with support from trained coaches. Strongest Families Institute has already helped more than 12,000 Canadian families, resolving child and youth mental health and other issues affecting wellbeing by providing them with evidence-based skills for life. Dr. Lingley-Pottie studied nursing and completed her PhD in interdisciplinary studies at Dalhousie.
Dr. Paul Santerre (BSc’83) was recognized for inventing Endexo technology, a unique compound of surface-modifying macro molecules that are added to plastics during manufacturing of medical devices, like catheters. The special coating helps reduce clotting in patients, reducing the risk of adverse reactions and potentially deadly complications. Endexo is now being used in commercialized products in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, helping to improve outcomes for thousands of patients. Dr. Santerre completed an undergraduate degree in chemistry at Dalhousie and is currently a professor at the University of Toronto.
“The recipients of the 2017 Governor General’s Innovation Awards demonstrate that Canadians are among the world’s most creative and dynamic innovators,” said His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. “Through hard work, ingenuity and collaboration, each recipient has developed a unique and innovative approach to solving to an important challenge of our time. Their success is changing lives for the better in Canada and around the world.”
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