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Canadian Paediatric Society

Emerging Leader in Neonatology Award

The Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Section has established the Emerging Leader in Neonatology Award in 2012 to recognize the achievements or initiatives of neonatologists early in their professional career.

The award is presented during the CPS Annual Conference and the recipient receives a commemorative award at a dinner in their honour.

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

Current recipient(s): Dr. Pia Wintermark

Dr. Pia Wintermark

Dr. Pia Wintermark is a pediatrician and neonatologist, with a research interest in neonatal neurology, currently working at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, McGill University. Before joining the Montreal Children's Hospital in July 2010, Dr. Pia Wintermark trained at the Children’s Hospital Boston (Harvard Medical School) in Boston, USA, and at the Lausanne University Hospital (University of Lausanne) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Dr. Pia Wintermark founded the NeoBrainLab ( in 2010. The NeoBrainLab is devoted to the understanding of the causes and consequences of brain and eyes damages in sick babies. The main goals of the lab are to develop innovative strategies to prevent or repair these brain and eyes damages, and thus to improve the future of these babies. Her laboratory is completely translational, with both bench and bedside components, using advanced neuroimaging techniques and bedside monitoring to study the critically ill newborns, as well as a lab model of neonatal brain damage to study in more detail the brain and eyes damages of sick babies and to develop innovative treatments to prevent or repair these brain and eyes damage. Her laboratory has now started a trial to test a drug to repair brain injury in human asphyxiated newborns treated with hypothermia. If efficacy is demonstrated, adding this drug as a treatment may revolutionize the way that newborns with brain injury are treated, as no therapy is currently available to repair brain injury in this vulnerable population. Along the way, she also worked parents, and an association of parents of children with HIE and created an animated movie and a website ( for parents of babies who need hypothermia treatment after birth to explain simply to the parents of such children what they should expect over the next days/weeks, and to let them know that they were not alone with this experience.


The candidate:

  • Is a CPS member in good standing,
  • Has completed fellowship training within the last 10 years,
  • Holds a hospital staff appointment,
  • Has already achieved, and has demonstrated potential for further achievement, in one or more domains of endeavour: research, education, clinical innovation or administration, and
  • Has contributed to improving the care of neonates and their families in Canada and/or internationally.


Nominations are submitted using the online submission form and include:

  • A nomination letter from a member of the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Section, describing how long the nominator has known the nominee, in what capacity, and explaining why this nominee stands out. Maximum 3 pages.
  • The nominee’s updated curriculum vitae. Maximum 3 pages.

Submit your nominations using the Submit Nomination button.

Past recipients


Dr. Paige Terrien Church


Dr. Chloe Joynt


Dr. Patrick McNamara


Dr. Prakesh Shah

Last updated: Aug 16 2018