Biology Professor Brian Dixon, Canada Research Chair in Fish and Environmental Immunology, was chosen to receive the 2015 Robert Arnold Wardle award by the Canadian Society of Zoologists. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to Canadian-based research on the interrelationships among infectious agents, the response of animals to these agents, and the environment in which these relationships exist.
Prof. Dixon’s research focuses on characterizing the immune system of fish at a molecular level and understanding how environmental stressors like disease and climate change can affect a species’ immunological response.
This research can be applied to the study of wild fish populations and improving aquaculture production, either currently or in a future influenced by climate change. The awards committee was unanimous in its decision to award Prof. Dixon this honour.
This is a great acknowledgement of Brian's achievements,” said Professor David Rose, Chair of the Department of Biology. “Brian’s contributions to our knowledge of the fish immune system furthers our understanding of the health of all animal populations in our changing environment, and is relevant to immune systems in mammals as well, which is important for research into human health and disease.”
The Robert Arnold Wardle award will be presented to Prof. Dixon at the society’s next annual meeting this May in Calgary, Alberta.
Congratulations, Professor Dixon!