Dr. Andrew Potter, a world-renowned expert in the development of vaccines for both human and animal diseases, was the recipient of the Achievement Award presented by Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) at its 14th Santé Awards Evening last night in Saskatoon. The annual event attracted more than 200 attendees from Saskatchewan’s health research community.
Dr. Potter was recognized for his overall career achievements and was chosen by a panel of local and national experts from a range of fields. Dr. Potter has worked at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) at the University of Saskatchewan for the past 33 years, as a research scientist, director and currently as CEO. He is also a Professor at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.
In addition to his primary research, Dr. Potter has mentored more than 40 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, contributed to more than 65 patents for human and animal vaccines and therapeutics, published over 210 peer-reviewed papers and has made approximately 400 conference presentations, most as an invited or keynote speaker.
“Each year, the Santé Awards is an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the world-class talent that is making Saskatchewan a global leader in health research and innovation,” said Patrick Odnokon, CEO of SHRF. “It’s always encouraging to see the members and supporters of the health research community come out to celebrate success, strengthen connections and showcase the innovative research that will address the health challenges relevant to all Saskatchewan citizens.”
Other awards handed out last evening included the Impact Award for Dr. Cory Neudorf of the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine. This award recognizes a SHRF Establishment grant recipient for his or her work over the past five years to build capacity, advance knowledge, inform decision making, and to provide health, economic and social impacts in Saskatchewan. SHRF also presented Excellence Awards to the top-ranked researchers and teams from its funding competitions over the past year.
Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) is the provincial agency that provides the funding necessary to fuel a vibrant culture of health research and innovation for a stronger Saskatchewan.
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