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Young Investigator Award

Formerly known as the CPS Research Award, the award was established in 1999 and recognizes basic or clinical research accomplishments of a young investigator in fields that benefit child and youth health.

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

Awarded every other year, the next award will be presented in 2023.

Current recipient(s): Dr. Peter Gill

Dr. Peter Gill

Dr. Peter Gill is a general pediatrician, an Associate Scientist at the SickKids Research Institute, an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto's Department of Pediatrics and Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and a Senior Associate at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, University of Oxford.

As a national and emerging international leading researcher in Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Dr. Gill co-founded and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Canadian Pediatric Inpatient Research Network (PIRN - PIRN's focus is on generating research evidence to improve outcomes of hospitalized children in general pediatric settings. PIRN includes hospital sites affiliated with all 17 academic children's hospitals across Canada and several large community hospitals.

Dr. Gill's patient-oriented research aims to generate evidence to improve the care and outcomes of children hospitalized in general pediatric settings. His research has advanced the care and management of common and serious childhood infections, such as bronchiolitis, orbital cellulitis, and SARS-CoV-2, and informed clinical practice guidelines. Dr. Gill's research also aims to partner with patients to improve care and outcomes, including co-leading studies with parent and youth partners. Additionally, he has led important population-based studies examining health system performance for hospitalized children using data from Canada, the US, and the UK.

Dr. Gill has written or co-written more than 115 peer-reviewed research articles. His work has appeared in major journals such as the Lancet, JAMA, BMJ, and CMAJ, among others. Dr. Gill is also a member of the BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine and CMAJ Open Editorial Board. He holds an MD from the University of Alberta and a DPhil in Primary Health Care and MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.


Nominees should be a MD and/or a PhD.  They should be less than 40 years old on the first day of the CPS Annual Conference at which the award is presented or be within 7 years of their first faculty appointment in Canada. The recipient should also be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant and hold an appointment at a Canadian university, hospital or research institute.

The Awards Committee will judge candidates based on:

  • The focus of the research on an identifiable theme
  • The research has a clear current or future impact on research, practice and policy.


Submissions must include:

  • Letter of support from a CPS member, emphasizing the originality and significance of the scientific accomplishments of the candidate and highlighting the three or four most important publications of the candidate. Maximum 3 pages.
  • Updated curriculum vitae for the candidate. 

Submit your nominations using the Submit Nomination button.

Sponsored by McMaster University Department of Pediatrics.

Past recipients


Dr. Joyce Obeid


Dr. Amish Jain


Dr. Luis Barreiro


Dr. Amanda Newton


Dr. Jonathon Maguire


Dr. Ellyanne Ratcliffe


Dr. Geoff Ball


Dr. Constantin Polychronakos


Dr. Berge A. Minassian


Dr. Bernard Thébaud


Dr. Michael Kramer


Dr. Robert Bortolussi, Dr. David Byers


Dr. Norman Rosenblum


Dr. Tim Oberlander


Dr. Sylvain Chemtob


Dr. Shoo K. Lee


Dr. Anthony Chan

Last updated: May 16, 2023