Professor Theresa W Gyorkos receives Vic Neufeld Mentorship Award in Global Health Research

Professor Theresa W Gyorkos receives Vic Neufeld Mentorship Award in Global Health Research

Congratulations to Professor Gyorkos for receiving the annual Vic Neufeld Mentorship Award in Global Health Research. The award was presented by the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research on 2016 November 22, in honour of the Coalition’s founding national coordinator, considered a leader in the development of mentorship opportunities and structures for global health researcher worldwide.

“I feel honoured to be one of a set of outstanding Coalition members who collectively foster mentorship of emerging global health researchers,” said Gyorkos, a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Director of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Collaborating Centre (CC) for Research and Training in Parasite Epidemiology and Control, both at McGill University.

Professor Gyorkos is an internationally-recognized global health researcher in parasitic disease epidemiology with experience of over two decades supervising and mentoring graduate students and junior colleagues. She was nominated separately by three sets of colleagues from Latin America and Canada, positively impressing the selection committee chaired by Colleen Davison, an Assistant Professor at Queens University’s Department of Public Health Sciences.

A PhD candidate: “With all of her students, she establishes their career goals with them and works with them to achieve their goals. She dedicates an incredible amount of her time to her students and her love of teaching and mentoring shows every day.”

A former masters’ student noted, “She continues to work tirelessly, […] engage me in her various projects, [and] I know that she is always available for career guidance and advice if I were to ever need it.”

A former post-doc fellow said “She leads by example: hard working, authentic, genuine, and always willing to help. She is a true inspiration to me and I strive to achieve the standards she has set.”

An LMIC colleague: “Key to the success has been … her attention to incorporating formal and informal training and support, […] and a very hands-on and direct role with research assistants, coordinators, laboratory personnel, students, junior and senior researchers, and members of the local Ministry of Health and other government ministries.

A former doctoral student: “Because of Theresa, I am a better researcher, colleague, supervisor and global citizen, and feel privileged to pass on the things I’ve learned from her to others in my current and future role as a global health mentor.”