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Lawson Impact Awards: Scientist Career Award

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Published on May 1, 2014

Scientist Career Award
The Scientist Career Award was established to recognize excellence in research at Lawson. Research effectiveness is demonstrated by the degree to which the scientist has had a relevant and sustained impact through contributions in his/her field of study, is able to stimulate and challenge the research ability of students, communicates research results effectively, and maintains a mastery of his/her subject area as demonstrated by national/international profile.
The award recipient will receive $10,000, and his/her name engraved on a plaque displayed within Lawson.

2014 Recipient - Dr. Frank Prato
Dr. Frank Prato is the Imaging Program Leader and an Assistant Scientific Director at Lawson. He is the visionary, mentor, and leader behind imaging research in London, Ontario. His efforts have resulted in Lawson leading the country and, in many cases, the world with achievements in medical imaging research. His work has contributed to the development of diagnostic imaging procedures that benefit millions of patients each year worldwide. As principal investigator, Dr. Prato has raised over $20-million in research grants and contracts during his career. His research accomplishments have resulted in over 200 peer-reviewed publications, 480 abstracts, and 167 invited presentations. These publications have impacted the scientific community as evidenced by over 5,100 lifetime citations. He has translated his research through 11 patents and 4 start-up companies, one of which was the first ever spin-off from Lawson or Western University to be listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Under Dr. Prato's leadership, the Imaging program at Lawson has grown from only two investigators to over 22 scientists and 8 associate/adjunct scientists today. Dr. Prato's efforts have provided a continuous influx of state-of-the art imaging equipment and prototype technologies, giving Lawson the distinction of being the
first place in Canada and, in several cases, the first place in the world to have these cutting-edge technologies available to faculty, staff, and trainees.

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