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U of M professors elected to Royal Society of Canada

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University of Manitoba professors Patricia Martens, Aftab Mufti and Grant Pierce have been elected to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), a prestigious association of scholars and scientists.

The three U of M professors and other 81 fellows and award winners for 2013 from across Canada will be honoured on Nov. 16 in Banff.

There are now 45 Royal Society Fellows from the U of M.

"I congratulate Professors Martens, Mufti and Pierce on this honour and recognition for their outstanding achievements in their fields of research," said Digvir Jayas, vice-president (research and international) and Distinguished Professor at the University of Manitoba. "We are proud of their accomplishments."

Martens is a community health sciences professor and director of the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy who is an internationally recognized expert in population and public health. A member of the Order of Canada in 2013, she has published over 250 articles, books and abstracts. She most recently received the the R.D. Defries Award, the highest award of the Canadian Public Health Association for outstanding contributions in the field of public health.

Mufti is an engineering professor emeritus and former president of ISIS Canada Research Network, a Network of Centres of Excellence. He is known for his many developments in the field of civil engineering and pioneering the field of Civionics Engineering and Structural Health Monitoring. A member of the Order of Canada in 2010, he has written more than 350 technical publications and is the recipient of 24 award.

Pierce is a physiology and pharmacy professor who is the executive director of research at the St. Boniface Hospital and considered one of the top cardiovascular scientists in the world. He has made major contributions toward the understanding of heart dysfunction in diabetes, factors involved in heart disease, and the prevention of cardiovascular disease through nutraceuticals. He has published in 200 manuscripts in journals and in seven textbooks and has been cited over 4,000 times.

Founded in 1882, the RSC recognizes scholarly, research and artistic excellence and promotes knowledge and innovation in Canada along with with other national academies around the world.

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