Noni MacDonald Award

Established in 2004, the Noni MacDonald Award is given annually in honour of the founding editor of Paediatrics & Child Health, the peer-reviewed journal of the Canadian Paediatric Society. It recognizes an author(s) whose article, published in the journal during the nomination year, has positively affected paediatrics, such as by raising awareness of an issue, presenting new scientific research, or instigating or potentially instigating change.

The recipient is awarded a Canadian work of art during the CPS Annual General Meeting in June.

Current recipient(s): Kristy Wittmeier, Ph.D and Brandy Wicklow, MD

Success with lifestyle monotherapy in youth with new-onset type 2 diabetes

Published in the March 2012 issue of Paediatrics & Child Health, this winning article clearly shows the importance of combining lifestyle changes with increased physical activity as an intervention for type 2 diabetes that does not involve medications.

The study reviewed 275 charts of youth diagnosed with T2DM between 1999 and 2008. It determined that significant proportion of youth with an HbA1c less than 9% effectively achieved and maintained target glycemic control with lifestyles recommendations. Youth are taught strategies to improve their nutritional habits, increase physical activity and reduce sedentary/screen time.

About the authors

Brandy Winklow, MD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg Children's Hospital, and a clinician scientist with the Manitoba Institute of Child Health. Her current research focuses on the developmental origins of type 2 diabetes in youth, and modifiable targets for risk reduction.

Kristy Wittmeier is a physiotherapist who completed her Ph. D in physiology examining the effect of exercise on risk for type 2 diabetes in youth. She currently holds the positions of Physiotherapy Innovation & Best Practice Coordinator at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre, and Director of Knowledge Translation at the George and Fay Yee Centre for Health Care Innovation SUPPORT Unit. 

About Dr. Noni MacDonald

Dr. Noni MacDonald has had a distinguished career in paediatric medicine and is a tireless advocate for the health and well-being of children and youth. She has held several university and hospital appointments, published extensively, garnered generous research support over many years, and contributes her expertise to numerous federal and provincial regulatory bodies. Dr. MacDonald is the founding editor of Paediatrics & Child Health and remains its editor-in-chief. She is firmly committed to the journal’s mission to advocate for the health of all children and youth in Canada and to bring the best research and information to their health care providers.


Deadline: January 15
  • Nominee(s) must have published an article in Paediatrics & Child Health in the previous year.
  • The article published must have contributed to changes in policy or practice that have improved, or have the potential to improve, the health of children and/or youth.
  • A selection panel will rate each nomination on these criteria:
    • significance of contribution,
    • importance of subject or problem,
    • quality of presentation.
  • Nominees need not be CPS members.
  • Members of the following groups are not eligible for the award:
    • Paediatrics & Child Health Editorial Board
    • CPS Board of Directors
    • CPS Awards Committee


  • A letter of support from the nominator clearly describing this contribution using the criteria listed above. Maximum three pages.

Submit your nominations using the Submit Nomination button.

This award is sponsored by Pulsus Group Inc.

Past recipients

2012 Dr. Moshe Ipp and Dr. Anna Taddio
2011 Dr. Ziad Solh and Dr. Kristi Adamo PhD
2010 Dr. Daniel Trefler
2009 Dr. Robert Harrison
2008 Rita Paul Sen-Gupta, Margaret L. de Wit and Dr. David McKeown
2007 Drs. Susan Rvachew and Robert Savage
2006 Dr. Harvey Guyda
2005 Dr. Alice Chan-Yip

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Last updated: Nov 27 2013