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Career Research Award

Established in 2009, the Career Research Award is a biennial award that recognizes the career of an outstanding and accomplished researcher working on an aspect of paediatric research in Canada.

The award is presented during the CPS Annual Conference. The recipient is awarded a commemorative plaque and a $1,000 prize and complimentary CPS membership for 1 year. 

Awarded every other year, the next award will be presented in 2024.

Current recipient(s): Dr. Jan Gorter

Dr. Jan Gorter

Professor Jan Willem Gorter, MD, PhD, is a Pediatric Physiatrist and is Head of Pediatric Rehabilitation at the University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands, location Wilhelmina Children's Hospital, and Princess Maxima Center (pediatric oncology). He also holds a position as Professor of Pediatrics (Part-Time) at McMaster University in Canada. Jan Willem completed his postdoctoral training at CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research at McMaster University in 2002, has been appointed a Scientist at CanChild in 2008, and served as CanChild Director (2013-2021). He is the Chief-Editor of the journal CHILD: Care, Health, and Development.

Jan Willem has a special clinical and research interest in the health, development and wellbeing of children and youth with developmental disabilities. His research focuses on the themes of the six ‘F-Words” for child development: family, function, fitness, fun, friends, and future, and includes clinical studies and health services research. He has published extensively including 235 refereed articles and 16 book chapters.

Jan Willem leads an internationally recognized research program that advances the knowledge of health development of people with disabilities, and that enhances research capacity in 'Lifecourse Health Development' through mentoring and training. He is a strong advocate of partnering with young people and their families in research.

With his team of clinicians and researchers, Jan Willem aims to bring the complex care of children with developmental disabilities and the family to a higher level and thus improve their health, optimize their participation in our society, increase their autonomy and facilitate their transition into adulthood.


Nominees should be actively engaged in research and be a MD and/or a PhD. The recipient should be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, hold an appointment at a Canadian university, hospital or research institute, and have conducted the majority of their career research in Canada.

The Awards Committee will judge candidates based on:

  • The impact of the research demonstrated by the number of publications, quality of journal in which work is published, participation in national and international scientific symposia/meetings, academic visits, grant review panels and like activities.
  • The influence of the nominee on others to develop research careers.
  • Novel collaborative relationships (national or international) created by the nominee that have enhanced the body of research knowledge.


Submissions must include:

  • Letters of support from the nominator and seconder, both of which are CPS members, describing how the nominee meets the above criteria. One of these letters must be from outside the candidate’s institution. Maximum 3 pages. The letters should clearly demonstrate the impact th candidate’s research has had on child health. 
  • Updated curriculum vitae for the candidate. Maximum 5 pages.

Submit your nominations using the Submit Nomination button.

Sponsored by the Department of Paediatrics, The Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto.

Past recipients


Dr. Patricia Parkin


Dr. David Johnson


Dr. Grant Mitchell


Dr. Alex MacKenzie


Dr. Francine Ducharme


Drs. Peter and Carol Camfield

Last updated: Oct 5, 2023