Call for Nominations for the 2022 CIHR-ICRH/CTS Distinguished Lecturer Award in Respiratory Sciences

The CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (CIHR-ICRH) and the Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS) partner on an annual Distinguished Lecturer Award in Respiratory Sciences in recognition of an individual's outstanding contribution to the advancement of respiratory sciences both in Canada and internationally. The award is presented to the selected candidate each year at the Canadian Respiratory Conference (CRC), where the recipient will give a keynote lecture as part of the scientific program. The next CRC will be held in Victoria, British Columbia from April 7-9, 2022. The CRC is the national annual educational and scientific meeting of the Canadian Thoracic Society.

A nominated candidate should be an outstanding scientist who has conducted the majority of their research in Canada and have contributed significantly to the advancement of respiratory sciences. Nominees may have conducted work in any one of a number of respiratory disciplines and within any of the four CIHR research theme areas: Biomedical; Clinical; Health Systems and Services; and, Social, Cultural, Environmental and Population Health. A nominated candidate’s research should also be in a field of interest to the CTS and attendees of the CRC.

The award consists of a $5,000 honorarium in addition to coverage of all expenses (e.g., travel, accommodations, registration fee, etc.) for the recipient to attend the CRC and to deliver a lecture on a research topic relevant to a largely clinical audience.

Please complete the attached nomination form [ PDF (222 KB) ] and submit it to Dr. Helen Coe by e-mail (, by 4:00 pm MDT on Monday, October 25, 2021. Please note that you are entitled to submit only one nomination form per Distinguished Lecturer Award competition. Scientists who have received a Distinguished Lecturer Award previously are not eligible for nomination.

Nominations for highly competitive candidates not selected will be carried forward for consideration up to three (3) consecutive years from the original nomination year.

Note: Nominations will be assessed against the following evaluation criteria:

  1. Impact of nominee’s research on respiratory sciences both in Canada and internationally; extent to which the nominee has contributed significantly to the advancement of respiratory sciences both in Canada and internationally (e.g., important/key research results or findings) over the last ten years.
  2. Relevance/application/impact of nominee’s research to a clinical setting (i.e., translational research; “from bench to bedside”).
  3. Demonstrated strength and reputation of the proposed nominee in the field of respiratory sciences in Canada and internationally.
  4. Impact of the nominee’s mentorship and training environment on the development of young scientists and other highly qualified personnel in Canada and internationally.
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