Congratulations to Dr. Jan Friedman and Dr. David Speert on receiving the 2012 Distinguished Medical Research Lecturer Awards, in clinical sciences and in basic sciences, from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC). This award recognizes candidates from the basic or clinical sciences on the basis of a distinguished research career, recognition in the medical community and effective contributions to student educational growth over the past year.

“It’s very exciting for the CFRI community. To receive this award in the basic and clinical sciences in the same year is quite an honour,” said Dr. Catherine Pallen, Acting Deputy Director of the Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI).

“This truly highlights the breadth and integration of excellence that CFRI strives to bring to translational research in child health.”

Dr. Jan Friedman is Acting Executive Director of CFRI, Acting Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC, Professor in the Department of Medical Genetics at UBC, and Senior Clinician Scientist in the CFRI Genetics & Health research cluster. His research focuses on understanding the disease process that leads to neurofibromatosis 1, using genomic technology to determine the causes of mental retardation and investigating the risks to embryonic or fetal development resulting from maternal medication use during pregnancy.

Dr. Speert is Head of the Centre for Understanding and Preventing Infection in Children at CFRI, Senior Clinician Scientist in the Immunity in Health & Disease CFRI research cluster, physician in the division of Infectious & Immunological Diseases at BC Children’s Hospital, and Sauder Family Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UBC. His research focuses on the human innate immune system and the control of inflammation in health and disease, including inflammatory determinants in both pathogen and host.