September 5, 2012
By Aisling Gamble
In recognition of his widespread research accomplishments and extensive contributions to Canadian intellectual life, David Proud, PhD, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. The fellowship is considered the highest honour that can be attained by scholars, artists and scientists in Canada.
“I have to say I was delighted and a bit overwhelmed when I got the news. This means a great deal both personally and professionally. To be recognized at this level by Canada's leaders in the field of life sciences is an enormous honour and very humbling,” said Proud, a professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology in the Faculty of Medicine and a member of the Snyder Institute.
Proud has made numerous and important contributions to the understanding of the molecular mechanisms that trigger the symptoms of inflammatory airway diseases like asthma. In addition, his translational studies on how common respiratory viruses trigger attacks of asthma and other lower airway diseases, and on the body’s defense mechanisms against such viruses, have identified new treatment approaches for lower airway diseases.
The Royal Society of Canada welcomes approximately 80 new fellows annually.