Two University of Manitoba alumni are being recognized for their outstanding work surrounding health and medical research.
Dr. Frank Plummer and Janice Filmon have been named recipients of 2014 Partners in Research (PIR) national awards. The two will be honoured at a ceremony in Ottawa later this month.
Plummer, a 1976 graduate and Canada Research Chair in Resistance and Susceptibility to Infections, is slated to receive the PIR Biomedical Science Ambassador Award, which recognizes work by a Canadian researcher in the biomedical sciences and clinical medicine fields.
"Frank's trailblazing leadership of AIDS/HIV research has had far-reaching impact around the globe," Dr. Brian Postl, dean of medicine and dean and vice-provost (health sciences) at the University of Manitoba, said in a statement.
"We are very proud that he continues to be recognized for his contributions to the understanding, prevention and care of HIV infection and how it is transmitted."
A 1963 graduate, Filmon is the recipient of the PIR Ronald G. Calhoun Science Ambassador Award, an honour handed out to a person who has been instrumental in support of health research in their community.
Filmon currently serves as the chairwoman on the CancerCare Foundation board of directors and is a noted health-care fundraiser in Manitoba.
"Janice Filmon is clearly a public-spirited citizen par excellence whose activities and influence in Manitoba, and in Canada more broadly, have benefited a remarkable range of organizations concerned with societal advancement -- health, higher education, youth, the performing arts, amateur sport, advancement of social, economic and scientific development; and the nurture of community leadership," Dr. Arnold Naimark, University of Manitoba dean of medicine emeritus and president emeritus who chairs the CancerCare Manitoba board, said in a statement.