Call for Nominations for the 2024 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. CRC 2024 will be held in Toronto, Ontario on April 11-13, 2024. The CRC is the national annual educational and scientific meeting of the Canadian Thoracic Society.

The selected candidate will be an outstanding scientist who has conducted the majority of their research in Canada and who has contributed to the advancement of respiratory sciences. The individual 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. The nominated candidate’s research should also be in a field of interest to the CIHR-ICRH, CTS, and attendees of the CRC.

The award includes a $5,000 honorarium and reimbursement of eligible expenses (e.g., travel, accommodations, registration fee, etc.) for the recipient to attend CRC and participate in in a session as a part of the CRC.

Please complete the attached nomination form [ PDF (397 KB) ] and submit it by e-mail to by 4:00 pm MT on June 30, 2023. All emails received will be acknowledged.

CIHR and CTS recognize the value and need for diversity within health research. We encourage nominations for outstanding scientists who are women, Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis), members of visible minority groups (racialized persons), persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ persons, and others who contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Please note that only one nomination for an individual is permitted and multiple nominations for an individual will not be accepted. Scientists who have received an ICRH partnered Distinguished Lecturer Award previously are not eligible for nomination.

Nominations for candidates not selected may be carried forward for consideration for up to three (3) consecutive years from the original nomination year, and the nominator may be contacted to update the nomination package.

Please consider the CIHR-ICRH Strategic Priorities (Preparing Future Capacity, Accelerating Knowledge Through Collaboration, Catalyzing Impact Through Knowledge Mobilization) and Foundational Themes (Strengthening Indigenous Health Research, Enhancing Equity, Diversity and inclusion in Health Research) when reflecting the nominees impacts against the below evaluation criteria. For more information, please view the CIHR-ICRH Strategic Plan 2022–2025.

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 early career scientists and other highly qualified personnel in Canada and internationally.
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