2015 Recipient: Dr. Barry Posner
Dr. Barry I. Posner is Professor of Medicine, Anatomy & Cell Biology, and Director of the Polypeptide and Protein Hormone Laboratory at McGill University. He joined the McGill Faculty of Medicine in 1970 and became full Professor and Senior Physician by 1979. He was Director of the McGill Endocrine training program and physician-in-chief at the Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital; and currently serves as the Associate Director of the Montréal Diabetes Research Center.
In early research, he discovered insulin receptors in newly recognized insulin target tissues, including brain and vascular endothelial cells. With J. Bergeron he identified endosomes as a central site for initiating and regulating cell signaling. In discovering the peroxovanadium compounds, he described a key role for phosphotyrosine phosphatases in regulating Receptor Tyrosine Kinases. More recently, he identified lipid rafts as sites of intense endosomal signaling and participated in identifying genes linked to diabetes.
He has published over 280 scientific manuscripts, and his academic contributions have been recognized by election to the Association of American Physicians (1988), receipt of the Distinguished Scientist Award of the CSCI (1991), election to Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada, appointment as Officer of the Order of Canada (1999), and Chevalier of the Order of Quebec (2014), and recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee (2002) and Diamond Jubilee (2012) Medals.
Left to right: Dr. Ron Sigal, Chair, Clinical & Scientific Section, Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA); Dr. Barry Posner, Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient; and Rick Blickstead, President and CEO, CDA.
2014: Errol B. Marliss
2013: Denis Daneman
2012: Hertzel Gerstein
2011: George Steiner
2010: Ray V. Rajotte
2009: Bernard Zinman
2008: John Dupré
2007: Mladen Vranic