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Cystic Fibrosis Canada Announces the Jennifer and Robert Sturgess Fellowship

Jennifer Sturgess

Dr. Jennifer Sturgess

Cystic Fibrosis Canada is pleased to announce the new Jennifer and Robert Sturgess Fellowship. After earning her doctorate in Pathology at the University of London in 1970, Dr. Jennifer Sturgess and her husband, Robert, moved to Toronto, where Dr. Sturgess pursued research at The Hospital for Sick Children. She focused on lung diseases, particularly cystic fibrosis (CF), and her research was supported, in part, by Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Following her tenure at The Hospital for Sick Children, Dr. Sturgess served as Associate Dean of Research at the University of Toronto and later as President of the Toronto Hospital Research Institute. She was a highly regarded thought leader in CF and was a consultant to the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health, among others, and was a member of both the Medical Research Council and the Science Council of Canada.

To honour Dr. Sturgess’ legacy in cystic fibrosis research, her family has made a generous donation to Cystic Fibrosis Canada which will be recognized by designating a CF research fellow each year for the next seven years.

Patrick Stapleton

Dr. Patrick Stapleton

Dr. Patrick Stapleton has been named the 2017 Jennifer and Robert Sturgess Fellow. Dr. Stapleton is a medical microbiologist from Ireland, currently completing his specialization in pediatric microbiology at The Hospital for Sick Children. In his research fellowship, he will be working with Dr. Yvonne Yau to understand why some strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa cause persistent infection in CF patients while others can be eradicated with antibiotic therapy. A second aim of his work is to investigate the possibility of cross-infection with P. aeruginosa between patients so that appropriate preventative measures may be taken at clinics in the future.

Cystic Fibrosis Canada sincerely thanks the Sturgess family for their support and wishes Dr. Stapleton success in his research.