R. U. Lemieux Award
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The 2012 winner is:
B. Mario Pinto, FCIC
Simon Fraser University
Department of Chemistry
Mario Pinto was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and received his BSc and PhD in chemistry from Queen’s University. He is currently professor of chemistry and vice-president, research at Simon Fraser University, and is a Fellow of the CIC and Royal Society of Canada. He has received numerous awards and honours for his research.
Pinto is a pioneer in the field of chemical biology, having developed novel NMR/molecular modeling protocols for the study of bioactive ligand conformations when bound to proteins, and enzyme inhibitors as agents against Type-2 diabetes, obesity, and associated metabolic diseases. His work also involves the synthesis of antiviral and antibacterial drug candidates, bacterial vaccines, and new methods of viral control. Pinto’s approach combines biophysical analysis, synthesis, in vitro molecular and cell-based assays, and in vivo animal studies.
Pinto is one of the founding members of the Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD), and has served as chair of the CSC conference in 1998, president of the International Carbohydrate Organization in 2006, CSC vice-president in 2010, and CSC president in 2011. He has served on several NSERC, CIHR, and provincial and federal committees, and on several boards of directors.
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This award is presented to an organic chemist who has made a distinguished contribution to any area of organic chemistry and who is currently working in Canada.
Deadline: July 2 of every year
Sponsor: Gilead Alberta ULC
Award: A framed scroll, $1,000 cash
The recipient will be required to present an award lecture at the Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition.
Membership in the Institute is not a prerequisite for this award.
All nominations will remain in force for three years. Nominators are responsible for keeping the record of the nominee up to date and complete.
- CSC Director of Awards as non-voting Chair
- Past Chair of the Organic Chemistry Division
- Vice Chair of the Organic Chemistry Division
- Past two winners of the R.U. Lemieux Award
The award shall be presented annually unless the Committee considers that no suitable candidate has been nominated.JOIN NOW