McGill Dermatology graduate becomes first Canadian to receive prestigious international medical award

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L to R: Prof. Christos C. Zouboulis, Prof. Jacek C. Szepietowski, Prof. Wayne Gulliver, Prof. Lukasz Matusiak, Prof. Ximena Wortsman, Prof. Gregor B.E. Jemec.

Dr. Wayne Gulliver, who graduated from McGill University’s Dermatology program in 1989, was recently presented the Albert Neisser Lecture at the Wroclaw Opera House during the 8th European Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation Conference, February 6, 2019 in Warsaw, Poland. He is the first Canadian to receive this award.

The Albert Neisser Lectureship is awarded to dermatologists who have made significant clinical and research contributions to dermatology.  Dr. Gulliver who is professor of Medicine and Dermatology, Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador was honoured for his pioneering work in the use of biologics in the treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa and his landmark publication on evidence-based therapy in the treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa.

The Albert Neisser Lectureship has been awarded since 2005 and is given to honour Prof. Dr. Albert Neisser who was appointed professor extraordinarius by the University of Wroclaw Medical School at the age of 29, in 1882.  Dr. Neisser’s accomplishments include his work on discovering the pathogen of leprosy as well as STDs.  He was also active in the field of public health and clinical research. Some notable recipients include Prof. Dr. Andrew Y. Finlay, Cardiff, UK and Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Thomas Ruzicka, Munich, Germany.

Dr. Wayne Gulliver is a Dermatologist experienced as a clinician, educator, administrator, clinical and basic science researcher.  He has been in clinical practice for nearly 30 years and has supervised over 250 clinical trials covering many aspects of dermatology with the focus in genetics, psoriasis, wound care, virology and hidradenitis suppurativa.  He has more than 100 published papers authored or co-authored, as well as more than 200 abstracts authored or co-authored.

Other Notable Awards Received:

  • the Wyeth Award for Excellence in Research, McGill University, Montreal in 1989
  • the BioEast Entrepreneurship Award in 2001
  • the Newfoundland & Labrador and Labrador Association of Technology Industries (NATI) Life Sciences – Biotechnology Industry Award in 2005
  • the JD Eaton Alumni Award, Memorial University, recognizing exceptional leadership and outstanding service to Memorial in 2007, and
  • was inducted into the Canadian Healthcare Marketing Hall of Fame in 2015

Other Career Highlights:

  • Former chair of the Discipline of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador (2009 – 2011)
  • Professor of Medicine and Dermatology as well as Head of Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador (1989 – present)
  • Adjunct Professor, Henan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Zhengzhou University, Henan, PR China
  • Chair and Medical Director of NewLab Clinical Research Inc. (1996-2009)
  • Chief Scientific Officer, NewLab Life Sciences (2009 – 2011)
  • Vice-President of the Canadian Dermatology Association (1996-1997)
  • Former Chief, Division of Dermatology, Eastern Health, St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador (1996–2008)
  • Co-founder Newfound Genomics
  • Former member of the Governing Council of the National Research Council (2003-2006)
  • Member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery and Medical Editor The Chronicle of Skin & Allergy.
  • Editor The Chronicle of Skin & Allergy
  • Chair, Newfoundland & Labrador and Labrador Association of Technology Industries (NATI) (2008-2009)

Congratulations Dr. Gulliver!

February 27, 2019

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