Dr. Hal Gunn
In 2009, the jury once again split the Prize. Two practitioners recognized as “agents of change” in the revolutionary movement toward an integrative approach to clinical medical practice were the recipients of the 2009 Dr. Rogers Prize. The Prizes were presented by Geoff Rogers, son of Dr. Rogers, at a gala award dinner held at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in downtown Vancouver September 25, 2009.
Dr. Hal Gunn, founder and CEO of Qu Biologics, was a one-time student of Dr. Rogers who evolved the fledgling Centre for Integrated Therapy into today’s InspireHealth, a multi-center clinic and model for supportive cancer care focused on treating the whole person. His long-time interest in the body’s ability to heal is the driving force behind his lifelong work to understand the link between the immune system and chronic disease.
The first ever Dr. Rogers Prize Colloquium was held earlier in the day at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue, attended by researchers, practitioners, advocates, educators, students and consumers from across Canada. Fortunately, the overflow crowd had been anticipated and the proceedings were televised into another room within the Wosk Centre. Top Canadian and international specialists were moderated by Maria LeRose and shared their ideas on evidence and integration. Drs. Steven Aung, James Gordon, Joseph Pizzorno and Marja Verhoef enlightened the audience with their pioneering perspectives and hard-won experience. The findings were summarized by Barb Findlay and published in Connections magazine.
2009 Media Releases
September 25, 2009 Doctors from Vancouver and Calgary Awarded World’s Largest Prize for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (PDF)
February 23, 2009 Nominations Open in National Competition to Recognize Achievement in Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Canada (PDF)
February 23, 2009 Dr. Rogers Prize – Quick Facts (PDF)
2009 Media Coverage
October 07, 2009 Vancouver Sun: Opinions & Editorials (PDF)
October 2009 Common Ground: October 2009 Issue (PDF)
October 03, 2009 – Winner Announcement Ad Placements (PDF) Globe & Mail | National Post | Calgary Herald | Vancouver Sun
September 26, 2009 World Journal: Dr. Rogers Prize (PDF)
September 25, 2009 Omni: Dr. Rogers Prize (WMV)
September 25, 2009 Vancouver Sun: Doctors share alternative medicine prize worth $250,000 (PDF)
September 2009 Common Ground: Prize honours alternative medicine (PDF) (web link)