Professor receives major accolade

By Kelly Foss | Dec. 6, 2007

Dr. J. T. (Sean) Brosnan, has been elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS).

Dr. Brosnan is a university research professor and former head of the Department of Biochemistry.

CAHS, together with the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering, comprise the Council of Canadian Academies. Election to CAHS is restricted to individuals “of great accomplishment and achievement in the academic health sciences in Canada.”

CAHS serves as a source of timely, unbiased and informed advice to governments and to other bodies.

At his induction, Dr. Brosnan was recognised as a world authority on amino acid metabolism, with particular regard both to adult and neonatal nutrition and to diabetes mellitus. He is also regarded as an expert on the regulation of mammalian energy metabolism.

Dr. Brosnan is cross-appointed to the BioMedical Division of Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine. He is also an adjunct professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston Texas, where he and Dr. Margaret Brosnan conduct research on the functional organization of the liver by determining differential gene expression profiles in microscopic regions of this organ.

He became a CIHR Senior Investigator in 2001 and in 2004 he was awarded the Dean of Science’s Distinguished Scholar Medal for outstanding and balanced contributions to both teaching and research.  His research contributions were also recognized, in 2005, by the award of a D.Sc. by the National University of Ireland.  


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