News at Medicine - February 2019 - Ceremony held for recognition of a lifetime of work


Ceremony held for recognition of a lifetime of work
February 14, 2019
Dr. Jane Green, a honourary research professor from the Discipline of Genetics, has officially been invested into the Order of Canada.
 

In a ceremony in Quebec on Feb. 12, Dr. Green was officially invested as an Officer hosted by the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada.
 
Dr. Green who is an internationally recognized human geneticist and an expert in the areas of hereditary cancers and eye diseases.
 
At the forefront of genetic research for nearly forty years, Dr. Green’s studies have led to numerous discoveries, including novel genes in Newfoundland and Labrador families and a new understanding of pathways to development of cancer and blindness.
 
“The recognition by the Order of Canada acknowledges that genetics research in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) benefits families in this province, across Canada and even beyond,” said Dr. Green, when she was appointed in May 2018. “I am proud that I have been able to work with so many families from NL, and that they have welcomed me into their homes, shared their medical histories and provided many generations of family history information.”
 
Dr. Green has been commended by numerous organizations, best illustrated by her membership in the Canadian Genetic Diseases Network; appointment to the first Scientific Advisory Board of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Genetics, and her appointment as an Honorary Life Member of the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG). Dr. Green was also inducted as a fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, which is considered one of the highest honours for individuals in the Canadian health sciences community.
 
In 2012, the CCMG awarded Dr. Green with the Founders Award for Excellence in Medical Genetics, the first honorary member to receive this award. In 2014, she was one of seven exemplary individuals inducted into the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador for her dedication to the people of her research and the health care providers who deliver aid to them.
 
“My research has increased the understanding of genetic diseases in NL for members of families and their health care professionals.  It has provided information on the risk of specific conditions to other family members, and it has allowed earlier identification and better treatment of cancers in hereditary cancer families,” said Dr. Green.
 
“After many years as a professor, my best advice for students is that even if your own research is in the laboratory, it is important to remember that the patients and families come first,” said Dr. Green. “And even though you may have a research plan, you should always be alert to an unexpected result that serendipitously leads in a new and valuable direction.”
The Order of Canada is one of our country’s highest civilian honours. Created in 1967, the Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Close to 7 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order. Appointments are made by the governor general on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada. For more information about the Order of Canada or to nominate someone, visit www.gg.ca/en/honours.

Photo credit: MCpl Mathieu Gaudreault, Rideau Hall © OSGG, 2019