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U of M researcher wins Prix Galien

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Dr. Frank Plummer

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Dr. Frank Plummer

Star University of Manitoba researcher Dr. Frank Plummer has received the prestigious 2013 Prix Galien Canada Research Award for his world-renowned research contribution to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Plummer, also the Chief Scientific Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada, will be presented with the honour at a ceremony today in Montreal.

"There are very few who parallel Dr. Plummer’s impact as a global trailblazer, innovator and leader in research and combatting the spread HIV/AIDS," said dean of medicine Dr. Brian Postl. "We congratulate him on this fitting and deserved honour."

The Prix Galien is the most prestigious award in the field of Canadian pharmaceutical research and innovation, U of M officials said. Referred to as the "Nobel Prize of pharmaceutical research," it recognizes the efforts and achievements of pharmaceutical research and development.

Plummer, a 1976 MD alumnus, is the leader of the renowned Kenya AIDS Control Program, established by the Universities of Manitoba and Nairobi in 1980. The science emerging from this research has reduced the incidence of STDs, including AIDS, on a global scale.

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