Dr. Susan George Bahl named Member of The Order of Canada
The Department is delighted to start the New Year by announcing that Professor Susan George Bahl, CM, MD, FRCP(C), FACP, has been named Member of The Order of Canada, one of the country’s most prestigious honours.
Dr. Susan R. George is a Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology & Toxicology at the University of Toronto, and a Clinician Scientist in the Division of Endocrinology at Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network. Dr. George is a pioneer in the study of G Protein coupled receptors (GPCRs). Her innovative and leading-edge research includes the discovery and study GPCR oligomerization and the genes encoding many of the GPCRs. This research is highly significant for neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders of the brain, elucidating pathophysiologic mechanisms and potential treatment strategies for drug and other addictions, depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
In 2019, in recognition of her research, together with Professor Brian O’Dowd, Professor George was awarded the prestigious Prix Galien, referred to as the "Nobel Prize" of Pharmaceutical Research. The award recognized their invention of an assay that represents a new paradigm for drug discovery. Further, they identified 70 receptor proteins, additional new members of the G protein coupled receptor family. The research provides potential for enhanced drug arsenals targeting many unmet medical needs and deficits in treatments.
Professor George has been a wonderful colleague and an exemplary role model in the Department. She has not only demonstrated sustained excellence and innovation in research, but also outstanding dedication and commitment to training the next generation of scientists.
Dr. George is a very worthy recipient of the Order of Canada. We are so proud of all your achievements. Many Congratulations!