Calgary, AB – Dr Michael Meaney is the inaugural recipient of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) Lougheed Prize in fetal and early childhood development, which awards $100,000 to an outstanding biomedical or clinical researcher. AHFMR will also provide support for an Alberta Post-doctoral Fellow to work in Dr Meaney’s lab for up to three years.
The award honours former Premier Peter Lougheed for his key contributions to AHFMR. Mr Lougheed’s government created the foundation in 1980 with a $300 million endowment. The Lougheed Prize was created in 2005 as part of celebrations to recognize AHFMR’s 25th anniversary.
Dr. Meaney is a leading figure in the field of child health research. He is associate director of the Douglas Institute Research Centre in Montreal and a professor in the departments of psychiatry, and neurology and neurosurgery at McGill University. While in Alberta to receive the Lougheed Prize, Dr. Meaney will deliver public lectures on his work and will meet with researchers in the child health research area.