The Lawson Impact Awards is an annual event that honours research making a difference and acknowledges the unique accomplishments of our scientists, staff, trainees and partners.
2019 Lawson Impact Awards
Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019
Time: Reception 5:00 p.m., Dinner & Awards 6:00 p.m.
Location: London Convention Centre
The evening includes cocktail reception and networking, dinner, awards presentations and a featured keynote address.
Featured Keynote Address
Artificial Intelligence for Health Care: The Road Ahead
by Dr. Dorin Comaniciu
Dr. Dorin Comaniciu serves as Vice President for Artificial Intelligence at Siemens Healthineers Technology Center in Princeton, New Jersey. His scientific contributions to medical imaging and machine intelligence translated into multiple clinical products focused on improving the quality of care, specifically in the fields of diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, and personalized medicine.
A Top Innovator of Siemens, Dr. Comaniciu is a Fellow of IEEE, ACM, Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention Society, and American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He is recipient of multiple honors, including the IEEE Longuet-Higgins Prize for fundamental contributions to computer vision and an honorary doctorate.
Dr. Comaniciu is listed on Wikipedia’s list of prolific inventors with 275 patents. He co-authored 350 peer-reviewed publications, which received 40,000 citations in the areas of machine intelligence, medical imaging and computer vision.
With an awards competition in seven categories, the Lawson Impact Awards recognize excellence in academics, leadership, training, operations, industry and innovation.
Scientist of the Year Award (formerly the Lawson Scientist Career Award)
The Lawson Scientist of the Year Award (formerly named the Lawson Scientist Career Award) was established to recognize excellence in research at Lawson. Research effectiveness is demonstrated by the degree to which the scientist has had a relevant and sustained impact through contributions in his/her field of study, is able to stimulate and challenge the research ability of students, to communicate research results effectively, and to maintain a mastery of his/her subject area as demonstrated by national/international profile. The award recipient will receive a prize of $10,000 and his/her name engraved on a plaque displayed within Lawson.
The Lawson Innovation Award recognizes outstanding scientists for research that has resulted in translation into advances in health care either through commercialization or adoption of new clinical practice (discovery + implementation/impact). The award recipient will receive a prize of $6000 and his/her name engraved on a plaque displayed within Lawson.
Dr. Joseph Gilbert Research Contribution of the Year Award
Dr. Joseph Gilbert was the Chief Administration Officer of Lawson from 2000-2006. The Dr. Joseph Gilbert Research Contribution of the Year Award was established in 2006 upon his retirement to recognize his work as a physician, academic, researcher, and executive. The recipient of the award will be a scientist who has had a recent publication that describes a significant contribution to research. The award will be made on the basis of the single publication. The award recipient will receive a prize of $6000 and his/her name engraved on a plaque displayed within Lawson.
Staff Award of Excellence
The Staff Award was created in 2002 to honour the contributions of dynamic, hardworking individuals (or teams of individuals) at Lawson. The Award recipient will receive a cash award of $1000 and his/her name engraved on a plaque displayed within Lawson.
The Lawson Leadership Award for Fellows & Students fund was established with the St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation in 2002 by Miggsie Lawson to honour her long-time friend, Sister Mary Doyle. The recipient of the Lawson Leadership Award for Fellows & Students exhibits the same leadership qualities as Sister Mary Doyle. The award recipient will receive a cash prize of $1000 and his/her name engraved on a plaque displayed within Lawson.
Industry Partner of the Year Award
The Industry Partner of the Year Award was established in 1997 to recognize industry that understands and supports research. The award is given to private sector partners that help Lawson move closer to its goal of improving the quality of health care in Canada and around the world. The industry partner who receives the award will have its name engraved on a plaque displayed within Lawson.
Community Partner of the Year Award
The Community Partner of the Year Award was established to recognize the generosity of donors to hospital-based research. The recipient of the award is an individual or an organization who values and philanthropically supports medical research, and by doing so, has had a positive impact on Lawson research, and ultimately the patients we serve.