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Canadian Paediatric Society

Career Research Award

Established in 2009, the Career Research Award is a biennial award that recognizes the career of an outstanding and accomplished researcher working on an aspect of paediatric research in Canada.

The award is presented during the CPS Annual Conference. The recipient is awarded a commemorative plaque and a $1,000 prize and complimentary CPS membership for 1 year. 

Awarded every other year, the next award will be presented in 2020.

Current recipient(s): Dr. David Johnson

Dr. David Johnson

Dr. David Johnson is an internationally recognized expert in the management of children with acute respiratory distress including croup, bronchiolitis and asthma. He is a founding leader of Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC), a clinical research network encompassing 15 Canadian pediatric emergency departments and over 200 investigators. Dr. Johnson currently has 144 peer-reviewed medical journal articles published or in press and has seen junior faculty he mentored go on to establish successful research careers at several children’s hospitals including Alberta Children’s Hospital, Stollery Children’s Hospital, and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

Dr. David Johnson is currently the Senior Medical Director for the Alberta Health Services Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Youth Strategic Clinical Network, a pediatric emergency physician and medical toxicologist, and a Professor of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, and Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Calgary. His research interests are primarily focused on the management of common childhood respiratory emergencies and ensuring primary health care professionals utilize ‘best evidence’ in managing these diseases.


Nominees should be actively engaged in research and be a MD and/or a PhD. The recipient should be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, hold an appointment at a Canadian university, hospital or research institute, and have conducted the majority of their career research in Canada.

The Awards Committee will judge candidates based on:

  • The impact of the research demonstrated by the number of publications, quality of journal in which work is published, participation in national and international scientific symposia/meetings, academic visits, grant review panels and like activities.
  • The influence of the nominee on others to develop research careers.
  • Novel collaborative relationships (national or international) created by the nominee that have enhanced the body of research knowledge.


Submissions must include:

  • Letters of support from the nominator and seconder, both of which are CPS members, describing how the nominee meets the above criteria. One of these letters must be from outside the candidate’s institution. Maximum 3 pages. The letters should clearly demonstrate the impact th candidate’s research has had on child health. 
  • Updated curriculum vitae for the candidate. Maximum 5 pages.

Submit your nominations using the Submit Nomination button.

Sponsored by the Department of Paediatrics, The Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto.

Past recipients


Dr. Grant Mitchell


Dr. Alex MacKenzie


Dr. Francine Ducharme


Drs. Peter and Carol Camfield

Last updated: Aug 16 2018