University of Saskatchewan

September 21, 2014   


May 09, 1999

Barry McLennan, assistant dean of research at the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine, has been awarded a prestigious national award recognizing his "inspired leadership in advancing support for medical science and science policy in Canada."

Partners in Research, a national, non-profit group which promotes biomedical research, has selected McLennan for the 1999 Biomedical Science Ambassador Award in the scientific category.

The award recognizes individuals who have made exceptional personal contributions in advancing understanding of and support for biomedical research. Previous winners include author Pierre Berton and Dr. Henry Friesen, president of the Medical Research Council of Canada (MRC).

Friesen praised McLennan's achievements as a leading spokesperson for biomedical research in Canada.

"Barry McLennan's pragmatic approach to complex matters in research wins the day all the time," said Friesen.

"He's a big picture thinker who never loses sight of local opportunities. Canada is fortunate to have Barry around to help shape a modern health research enterprise."

McLennan, a professor of biochemistry, is chair of the Coalition for Biomedical and Health Research, a non-profit corporation set up in 1992 with broad representation from Canada's biomedical, clinical, and health research community.

Under McLennan's leadership, the coalition's lobbying efforts helped persuade the federal government to reverse the downward trend in biomedical research funding and to provide $29 million in new money for the MRC in the 1998 federal budget and an extra $27.5 million in the 1999 budget.

Through lobbying activities and persuading researchers to write letters, the coalition has been instrumental in convincing the federal government to launch the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) which will transform how health research is conducted and funded in Canada. CIHR has been given $65 million this year to begin the formation of a network of health research institutes.

McLennan was a member of the executive committee of the CIHR Task Force. In February, the task force evolved into the CIHR Interim Governing Council, of which McLennan is also a member.

From 1994-97, he chaired the Standing Committee on Research and Graduate Studies of the Association of Canadian Medical Colleges. In 1983, he was named president of the Canadian Federation of Biological Societies. McLennan has also served on several federal research grant and scholarship selection committees.

U of S President George Ivany said McLennan has played a leading role in convincing politicians at all levels of the need to invest in health research.

"We're proud that Prof. McLennan has been an effective ambassador for health research in this province and across Canada. He is truly a worthy recipient of this award," Ivany said.

For more information, contact:

Barry D. McLennan, Ph.D
Chair, Coalition for Biomedical & Health Research (CBHR)
and Assistant Dean, Research
College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
Ph. (306) 966-4338
Fax. (306) 966-6164

Kathryn Warden
Research Communications Officer
Office of the Office-President Research
Ph. (306) 966-2506
Fax (306) 966-8597

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