2013 Dr. Rogers Prize Winner Dr. Sunita Vohra
  2013 Winner Dr. Sunita Vohra


 

2011 winner

Dr. Sunita Vohra, University of Alberta
The 2013 Dr. Rogers Prize for Excellence in Complementary and Alternative Medicine was awarded to Dr. Sunita Vohra of the University of Alberta at a gala award dinner on September 26, 2013 in Vancouver, BC.

Dr. Vohra is the founding Director of Canada’s first academic pediatric integrative medicine program, CARE (Complementary and Alternative Research and Education), at the University of Alberta as well as the founding Director of the University’s Integrative Health Institute. She has led many studies on the effectiveness of CAM and has been inducted as fellow of Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, one of the highest honours for any member of the Canadian health sciences community. Her recent research projects include an evaluation of the effectiveness of pediatric integrative medicine as an adjunct to usual care and examinations of the effectiveness of ginseng for pediatric upper respiratory tract infection; and Mind Body Stress Reduction for at risk youth.

With her background in pediatrics, clinical epidemiology and clinical pharmacology, Dr. Vohra is a respected leader in both CAM and conventional medicine, often working to help these two communities connect. She founded Canada’s national pediatric CAM network as well as helped found the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section on Integrative Medicine, which she now chairs. Dr. Vohra initiated the use of N-of-1 studies (a multiple cross over trial performed in a single person) as an innovative and patient-centered solution to the limitations of randomized controlled trials for individualized therapies. At the beginning of her career, at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, she recognized the importance of CAM to her patients and their families and the lack of substantive information on the therapies and potential interactions with conventional care. She was recruited to the University of Alberta to implement her vision of the CARE program in 2003, a program which now trains the next generation of researchers, educators, and clinicians about pediatric integrative medicine.
2013 Colloquium
Exploring the Mind Body Continuum
On Thursday, September 26, 2013, the third Dr. Rogers Prize Colloquium was held in Vancouver, BC. Three panellists presented their key findings during the course of the afternoon. Dr. Judith Moskowitz spoke about the mind’s effect on the body and the biological effects of positive emotions, Dr. John Gannage shared his thoughts on the Mind Body Continuum from a nutrition perspective, and Dr. Jeffery Dusek spoke on the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer. The individual panellists are experts in their respective fields, and provided participants with an exceptional and well-rounded experience exploring the mind body continuum and its applications to Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).

Read the 2013 Colloquium Summary.
2013 Jury
Five distinguished, international specialists in the field of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) served on the jury that selected the 2013 winner of the Dr. Rogers Prize for Excellence in Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

International jurors were chosen to allow the Canadian experts to compete for the Prize.

Dr. James Samuel Gordon
(U.S.A.)
Dr. George
Lewith
(U.K.)
Dr. Joseph
Pizzorno
(U.S.A.)
Dr. Mary Ann
Richardson
(U.S.A)
Dr. Simon Sutcliffe
(Canada)
2013 Media Releases
September 27, 2013
February 14, 2013
2013 Media Coverage
November 17, 2013
September 27, 2013
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August 2013