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Two FHS faculty receive royal treatment

Published: September 11, 2013
Stephen Walter
Stephen Walter, professor, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Stephen Collins
Stephen Collins, professor, Department of Medicine, and Associate Dean (Research)

Two Faculty of Health Sciences professors with international reputations as medical researchers have been elected to the Royal Society of Canada.

Stephen Collins, professor of medicine and associate dean of research for the Faculty, and Stephen Walter, professor of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics, were announced this week as new fellows of the society from McMaster.

The society promotes learning and research in the arts, humanities and the natural and social sciences, and is considered the top academic award in Canada.

Collins is a pre-eminent clinician-scientist. He is recognized internationally for his work demonstrating interactions between intestinal bacteria, the gut, the immune system and the brain in the context of functional gastrointestinal disorders.

Collins said: "There is no doubt in my mind that the research intensive nature and interdisciplinary philosophy of McMaster University had a big influence on my research career; I am deeply indebted to my colleagues."

Walter has an outstanding international reputation for his work in developing and applying statistical methods in biomedical research. His work has had particular impact in the evaluation of disease screening and diagnostic tests.

"The interdisciplinary environment at McMaster has provided many opportunities for me to make a real difference in particular research projects, and has also led to the development of general statistical methods that have been widely applied elsewhere," said Walter. "I am grateful for the many collaborations that I have enjoyed with McMaster colleagues, and this honour reflects their input and support in my career."

McMaster had two additional professors elected to the society. Christine Wilson is a professor of physics and astronomy and John C. Weaver is a professor of history.

Prior to the announcement, there were 63 McMaster-affiliated Royal Society Fellows.

Earlier this year, Royal Society president Yolande Grisé commented on the University's extraordinary number of fellows: "This remarkable track record of recognition is evidence of this institution's success in nurturing high-quality, high-performing scholarly, artistic and scientific excellence."

The new fellows will be celebrated at the society's annual gathering in November.

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