University of Saskatchewan

September 30, 2014   

Distinguished Researcher - 2011

John Gordon
John Gordon
Professor and Director of the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture
Department of Medicine
2011 Distinguished Researcher

The Distinguished Researcher Award recognizes a faculty memberís contribution to scholarship through the creation, expansion, and critique of knowledge. John Gordon, Director of the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture and a professor in the Department of Medicine, is the 2011 recipient.

Prof. Gordon is an expert in the field of immune regulation and airway disease. He is internationally recognized as a major force in immunology who has conducted groundbreaking working on inflammatory diseases such as asthma.

One of his most notable recent achievements is the development of a new drug to treat inflammatory illnesses, including bacterial lung infections and inflammation associated with conditions such as cystic fibrosis pneumonia and ischemic heart disease. The drug, G31P, is patented by the U of S and has proven highly effective in targeting inflammatory responses and more specifically than do current corticosteroid treatments. G31P targets the proteins that activate a specific group of white blood cells known as neutrophils, thereby reducing inflammatory pathology while allowing other immune system cells that are critical to the patientís health to function normally. Prof. Gordon has also recently developed and established proof of principle in experimental animals for new protocols that reverse established immunologic diseases such as asthma. Under these protocols, animals treated for asthma gradually lose their sensitivity to allergens over three to eight weeks, until they no longer suffer from the lung constriction and inflammation that characterizes asthma.

During the course of his career, Prof. Gordon has attracted research funding from federal and provincial funding agencies as well as the non-profit sector to carry out his work. He has authored more than 80 peer-review publications and has been invited to speak at conferences all over the world. He has served on numerous boards and review panels including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, and the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He is also a tremendous mentor who has trained more than 60 undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and young faculty.

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of immunology, Prof. Gordon was elected as a member of the prestigious Collegium Internationale Allergologicum in 2008, an international group for the study of scientific and clinical problems in allergy and related branches of medicine and immunology. Prof. Gordon was also recognized with the Saskatchewan Award of Innovation in 2007 and the Pfizer Animal Health Research Excellence Award in 2003.

Prof. Gordon earned his BSc (biology) and PhD (immunopathology) degrees from the University of Saskatchewan. He held post-doctoral positions at the National Institutes for Medical Research in the United Kingdom and at Harvard Medical School in Boston before returning to the U of S in 1991.

Dwight Newman
Dwight Newman
College of Law
2011 New Researcher

The New Researcher Award recognizes a faculty memberís contribution to scholarship through the creation, expansion and critique of knowledge. Professor Dwight Newman in the College of Law is the 2011 recipient.

Prof. Newman is quickly becoming known among his colleagues in Canada and internationally for his exceptional work in the area of collective rights, in particular as they pertain to Aboriginal communities.

One of Prof. Newmanís most notable achievements in the short time since earning his D.Phil from Oxford University in 2005 is the publication of his book The Duty to Consult: New Relationships with Aboriginal Peoples. The book provides several theories relating to the duty to consult concept and, importantly, reviews how this concept has been applied by the lower courts, governments, businesses and indigenous organizations. His work in this area has been cited in judgments handed down by the Supreme Court of Canada and is widely used as a reference for lawyers and judges adjudicating Aboriginal rights claims. Prof. Newmanís research program is currently focusing on how international law is applied to the inherent rights of Indigenous Peoples in the wake of the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Looking at examples from around the world, he hopes to determine what government action on issues such as the duty to consult imply for the content of international law. He will also probe how international law can more effectively respond to the rights of Indigenous Peoples as understood by Indigenous Peoples themselves.

Prof. Newmanís productivity as a scholar is exceptional. Over the past six years he has authored 25 peer-reviewed articles in well-respected national and international legal journals, 11 book chapters and authored or co-authored four booksómost recently Community and Collective Rights: A Theoretical Framework for Rights Held by Groups, released in July 2011. He has been successfully funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) since 2007. Much of his success has been achieved while also taking on the role of associate dean academic for the College of Law from July 2006 to June 2009.

Prof. Newman received numerous accolades as a student and continues to be recognized by his peers now as a full professor and prolific researcher. Among his many honours, he was awarded the Law Society of Saskatchewan Gold Medal upon graduating with his LLB from the U of S in 1999. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 2001 and in 2004 was named the SSHRC William E. Taylor Fellow, given annually to the most outstanding SSRHC-funded doctoral student. Recently, his book Duty to Consult won a 2010 Saskatchewan Book Award. Prof. Newman joined the U of S College of Law in 2005.