Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Inductee

Dr. Calvin Stiller, C.M., O.Ont, MD’65, DSc’07, has been announced a 2010 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame inductee.
Stiller was Canada’s major voice in organ transplantation during the 1970s, 80s and early 90s. During this time, the field changed form a risky experimental undertaking to a reliable and successful venture. Stiller lead a multi-centre trial of the drug cyclosporine—an immunosuppressant that combats tissue rejection—that laid the foundation for Canada to be a world leader in transplantation. He also conducted ground-breaking research to use the drug to halt type 1 diabetes, demonstrating it was an immune disorder.
He co-founded the Robarts Research Institute, The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, the Canadian Medical Discoveries Fund and the Stiller Centre.
Stiller was named one of the university’s 100 Alumni of Influence during the U of S centennial in 2007 and has received numerous other awards and accolades throughout his successful career.
Official induction will take place in April 2010, in Calgary, AB.
This marks the second straight year that an U of S alumnus has been inducted to the Canadian Medical Association Hall of Fame; Dr. Sylvia Fedoruk (BA ’49, MA 51, LLD ’06) was inducted in 2009.
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U of S Alumna Flexes Intellectual Muscle

University of Saskatchewan Chancellor Vera Pezer (BA’62, MA’64, PhD’77) has been chosen as the U of S spokesperson to participate in Intellectual Muscle—an Olympic lecture series leading up to the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver.
The U of S is one of 25 institutions participating in the series. Lectures feature prominent intellectuals speaking on topics related to one of the three pillars of the games—sport, culture and sustainability.
Pezer is a four-time Canadian ladies’ curling champion, a Canadian softball champion, and two-time member of the Saskatchewan senior women’s golf team. She is also no stranger to the Olympic Games, having worked as a sports psychologist for the Canadian curling teams in Calgary in 1988 and in Albertville, France in 1992, making her a natural selection to contribute to the series.
Pezer’s recorded speech, which addresses the importance of sport and its benefits that are often overlooked given the emphasis on winning, will appear Oct. 5 in the Globe & Mail website.