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Royal Society elects Guyatt and Wright as fellows

September 14, 2012

Two McMaster University professors working in health sciences have been elected as fellows of the Royal Society of Canada. The designation is considered the country’s highest honour for a scholar in the arts, humanities or sciences.

Gordon Guyatt is a physician and Distinguished University Professor of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Gerry Wright is a professor of the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences and scientific director of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute of Infectious Disease Research. Both are being inducted into the Royal Society’s Academy of Science at a ceremony on Nov. 17 in Ottawa.

This brings the number of McMaster professors in the Society to 63.

Founded in 1882, the Royal Society of Canada is the country’s oldest and most prestigious scholarly organization. Fellows come from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, and are recognized for outstanding achievements in several fields of research and scholarship.

Gordon Guyatt coined the term "evidence-based medicine" in 1990. Since then, he has championed evidence-based approaches to clinical decision making, including renowned contributions in clinical research, training hundreds of clinicians-educators and dozens of clinician scientists. His Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature laid the groundwork for subsequent evidence-based medicine writings. His contributions include seminal work in methodology underlying randomized trials, systematic reviews, health status measurement and clinical practice guidelines.

Gerry Wright’s research is centred on understanding the origins, evolution and molecular mechanisms of antibiotic resistance in bacteria. This information is applied in the discovery new anti-infective compounds, in particular, from microbial natural products.