McMaster University

McMaster University

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Health Sciences

Prof and researcher awarded honorary Doctor of Science

Published: June 16, 2016
Dr. Stephanie Atkinson receiving honorary doctorate
Dr. Stephanie Atkinson receiving an honorary Doctorate of Science from Western University

McMaster professor Stephanie Atkinson has received an honorary Doctorate of Science from her alma mater Western University.

Atkinson is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics and an associate member in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences. She's also a distinguished researcher in perinatal and pediatric nutrition and metabolism, and the long-standing leader of the McMaster Centre for the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program.

"We are delighted to honor one of Canada's outstanding nutrition scientists, a pioneer international recognized leader who has repeatedly broken new ground in pediatric nutrition," said Dr. Donna Rogers, interim principal of Brescia University College, in her introduction of Atkinson.

Atkinson began her post-secondary education at Brescia University College, an affiliate of Western University, where she completed her BA in nutrition. Atkinson worked as a pediatric dietitian at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and went on to earn a PhD in nutritional sciences at the University of Toronto. She has been a faculty member at McMaster University since 1982.

"To be acknowledged with an honorary degree by my alma mater is indeed a career highlight," said Atkinson in her convocation address. "Never did I imagine walking across this stage a second time so many years after my first degree."

Western President Amit Chakma lauded Atkinson for her numerous career achievements which include appointment to the inaugural Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), serving as advisor to Health Canada, Osteoporosis Canada, the U.S. Institute of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, and being elected President of the American Society for Nutrition.

"We are thrilled and honoured to be able to honour one of our who has gone on to do many things," said Chakma.

"You have inspired many generations of students in following in your footsteps and have gone on to become leaders in medicine around the world."

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