The BCCDC Foundation is indebted to its dedicated volunteers who serve on the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), as they advise the Board of Directors on the Foundation programs and provide us with external peer review of internal grant applications for the two funding competitions the Foundation holds annually. This week, we’d like to shine the spotlight on our Chair, Dr. Bhagirath Singh, who joined the SAB in May 2014.

Dr Bhagirath Singh

Dr. Bhagirath Singh is an internationally-recognized expert in the field of immunology with years of research experience in the regulation of autoimmunity by microbes and autoantigens and peptide vaccines. Dr. Singh is also the former Scientific Director for the Canadian Institute of Health Research’s Institute of Infection and Immunity. Currently he is the Director for the Centre for Human Immunology and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at Western University and a scientist at the Robarts Research Institute. In recognition of his significant contributions, Dr. Singh has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Alberta Heritage Medical Scientist Award and the Award of Excellence of the Faculty of Medicine of University of Western Ontario. In 2000 he was the Banting and Best Memorial Lecturer at the 17th International Diabetes Federation Congress and in 2001 he was Bernhard Cinader Award Lecturer at the Canadian Society for Immunology. He was elected fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2004 and Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2005. Dr. Singh continues to be sought as a speaker at international meetings. He has served as co-chair of Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative and a member of peer review grant panels of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International, the Canadian Diabetes Association, Canadian Foundation for Innovation, MS Society of Canada, CIHR and the National Institute of Health etc. He has published over 220 research papers in all aspects of immunology.

The BCCDC Foundation is honoured to have as its SAB Chair such a highly-regarded member of the scientific community. We would like to thank Dr. Singh for his dedication over the last three years. For a complete list of the projects that have been funded by the Foundation’s Open Awards Program, please scroll further back within this blog, as they have been posted twice a year.

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