UBC Reports | Vol.
51 | No. 7 |
Jul. 7, 2005

Professor Emeritus Receives Order of B.C.

Felix A. Durity, a recently retired member of UBC’s clinical medical faculty, received the Order of British Columbia June 29.

The order recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding citizens who have contributed to strengthening the province in a variety of exceptional ways.

Durity, a neurosurgeon and humanitarian, has dedicated his life to seeking out the best possible neurosurgical care for British Columbians. He founded the first Canadian intracranial (brain) pressure monitoring unit at Vancouver General Hospital and has served on numerous hospital, university, community, national and international committees for neuroscience.

He also founded a Centre of Excellence Project in Clinical Neuroscience in Ghana, West Africa.

UBC Head Awarded Meritorious Service Medal

The Canadian Government has awarded Garth Warnock and his research team a Meritorious Service Medal in recognition of their break-through work in diabetes treatment.

Warnock, head of the Dept. of Surgery at VGH and UBC, developed a new diabetes treatment, internationally known as the Edmonton Protocol, with six other colleagues.

The technique, which consists of injecting healthy pancreatic islet cells into diabetics to restore control of blood glucose without further need for daily insulin injections, is now being taught by health facilities around the world.

The group was presented with one of 45 Medals, which distinguishes achievements that bring honour to the country.

Professor Elected to Academy of Microbiology

James W. Kronstad, a professor in microbiology, has been elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology.

The academy, an honorific group within the American Society for Microbiology, the world’s oldest life science organization, recognizes scientific excellence and elects fellows annually based on their scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced the field.

Kronstad has been recognized for this leadership in the field of moleculare mycology and expertise in basidiomycete pathogens of plants and humans.