2020 Friesen Prize Awarded to Sir Mark Walport

2020 Friesen Prize Awarded to Sir Mark Walport


Massey College and Friends of CIHR are pleased to announce that Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive, UK Research & Innovation, and internationally renowned visionary health research planner is the recipient of the 2020 Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research. Dr. Walport joins an illustrious group of scientists, educators, academic leaders and health policy experts.


The Friesen Prize was awarded to Sir Mark Walport on October 6, 2020 from Massey College in Toronto, Canada – the recording of the presentation can be viewed below and on the Friends of CIHR YouTube Channel.


Full details about the 2020 Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research are available on the Friends of CIHR site: http://www.fcihr.ca/prize/sir-mark-walport-2020-friesen-prize




Introduction of Sir Mark Walport, 2020 Friesen Prizewinner, based in London, UK. The High Commission of Canada in London, UK, collaborates with Friends of CIHR at Massey College, University of Toronto, to host a Virtual Roundtable of UK and Canadian health science leaders to discuss: “Health Research Funding in a Post-COVID-19 World”.

Friends of CIHR, based at Massey College, University of Toronto, is celebrating its 20th Anniversary, as well as the 15th Anniversary of the Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research.

Friends of CIHR is grateful to Her Excellency Janice Charette (High Commissioner) for providing an opportunity to feature Sir Mark Walport prior to his planned visit to Canada where he will give the annual Friesen Lecture and visit Canadian universities and research institutes.

Dr. Aubie Angel (President, Friends of CIHR) expresses his gratitude to principal Sponsors of the Virtual Launch on October 6, 2020: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Dr. Michael Strong Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) – Dr. Rémi Quirion University of British Columbia (UBC) – President Santa Ono University of Toronto – Dr. Vivek Goel


International Launch (Virtual) of the 2020 Friesen Prize Program featuring Sir Mark Walport on October 6, 2020 at Canada House, London, UK, and Massey College, in Toronto, Canada at the University of Toronto .

UK participants:

Sir Mark Walport (2020 Friesen Prizewinner) Sir John Bell (2009 FP; Regius Professor of Medicine, Oxford University) Sir Jeremy Farrar (Director, Wellcome Trust) Prof. Janet Hemingway (Liverpool School for Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)) Prof. Stephen Toope (Vice-Chancellor, Cambridge University) Sir Patrick Vallance (UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser)

Canadian participants:

Honourable Janice Charette (High Commissioner for Canada to the UK)

Dr. Aubie Angel (President, FCIHR) Dr. Alan Bernstein (2017 FP; President, CIFAR) Dr. Marie-Josée Hébert (Vice-rector of Research, Discovery, Creation and Innovation, Université de Montréal) Prof. Bartha Knoppers (2019 FP; Director, Centre of Genomics and Policy, McGill) Dr. Bruce McManus (Professor Emeritus, UBC; Honorary Director, FCIHR) Dr. David Naylor (2018 FP; Emeritus President, U of Toronto) Dr. Mona Nemer (Chief Science Advisor of Canada) Prof. Santa Ono (President, UBC) Dr. Rémi Quirion (Chief Scientist of Québec) Dr. Janet Rossant (2016 FP; President, Gairdner Foundation) Dr. Michael Strong (President, CIHR)

Discussant: Dr. Henry Friesen (Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Manitoba)

Executive Summary – Rapporteurs:

Dr. Bev Holmes (President and CEO, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research; VP, FCIHR) Dr. Alex MacKenzie (Senior Scientist, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario; Secretary, FCIHR)

Observer: Dr. Reinhart Reithemier (Interim Vice Dean, Research & Innovation, U of T; Treasurer, FCIHR)



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