McMaster University

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Faculty of
Health Sciences

Professors take Mac's top Innovator Awards

Published: November 17, 2014
Gord Guyatt
Gord Guyatt, professor, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Mary Law
Mary Law, professor, School of Rehabilitation Science

Faculty of Health Sciences professors Mary Law and Gordon Guyatt took home two of the top awards at McMaster University's Innovation Showcase last week.

Mary Law, a professor of rehabilitation science and co-founder of McMaster's CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, was named Innovator of the Year by the McMaster Industry Liaison Office (MILO).

Gord Guyatt, a Distinguished University Professor of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics, received the Lifetime Innovator Award for his pioneering work in evidence-based medicine.

Mary Law was recognized for her leadership in overhauling the CanChild website over the past year and creating revenue streams through current and new service offerings.

"CanChild will benefit greatly from Mary Law's leadership and passion for thinking outside the box," said Patty Solomon, associate dean and director of the School of Rehabilitation Science. "The creation of new revenue streams for CanChild will support knowledge translation activities which will ultimately benefit children with disabilities and their families."

In congratulating Law, McMaster's Vice-President of Research and International Affairs Mo Elbestawi commended the service providers and educators like her who are "creating and sharing the knowledge that will ensure children and youth with disabilities have the opportunity to thrive at home, at school, and in the community."

Gord Guyatt said he hadn't thought of commercialization as a strong point in his career.

"Given that this is a focus of the Lifetime Innovator award, it was a particularly pleasant surprise to receive this honour."

Elbestawi said: "Dr. Gordon Guyatt's career is a true reflection of what it means to be a lifelong innovator, whose values of excellence, interdisciplinary collaboration and commitment to better health outcomes for Canadians make him most deserving of our Lifetime Innovator Award."

The Innovator Awards were created to encourage a culture of innovation, commercialization and entrepreneurship within the McMaster community.

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