Distinguished Career Award

Distinguished Career Award in Pediatric Pain

This award honors an individual with a long-standing, productive career in pediatric pain research. The awardee must have a track record of innovative research as evidenced by publications, sustained research support, national and international presentations, with participation or leadership of scientific research review groups or scientific organizations. The recipient should have demonstrated outstanding mentorship of research trainees and/or junior faculty, service to the professional community, with some contributions to the wider scientific community within a country nationally (or at an international level), and have a reputation of scientific integrity and academic collegiality within the field.

2019 Winner: Ruth Grunau
Ruth Eckstein Grunau has a PhD in Psychology and is a Professor in the Neonatology Division, Dept. of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia, Canada, and Senior Scientist in the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. She is a pioneer in the field of infant and childhood pain. Her early research produced the first tool to quantify infant pain, still widely used today. She went on to use physiological, hormonal, behavioral and, more recently, brain-based approaches to show the long-lasting adverse effects of pain and stress in premature babies. Her work has had a major influence on the management of pain in infancy.

Previous Distinguished Career Award recipients:

2017 Maria Fitzgerald
2015 Charles Berde
2013 Kenneth Craig
2010 Patrick McGrath