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Exceptional teaching and promising research earns national recognition at the University of Calgary

Snyder Institute member receives Visiting Research Professorship Award

By Karen Brookins

Snyder Institute member, Paul Beck, MD, PhD, is the 2013 recipient of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG) Visiting Research Professorship. Beck was recently awarded this prestigious title at the CAG Annual Awards Ceremony, recognizing his remarkable contributions in both the classroom and the laboratory.

“It is very humbling and rewarding to receive this award,” says Beck and adds, “It is the national recognition from my peers across the country that reminds me I am doing okay.” 

The Visiting Research Professorship Award provides a traveling allowance for Beck to visit at least six universities within his assigned term of one year. He will present his work and collaborate with other clinician-scientists, researchers, and trainees in pursuit of sharing his knowledge. He expects it will also gain a stronger sense of the research community in Canada. During his travels, Beck also plans to exchange his research with other clinician-scientists and learn about their clinical problems and issues associated with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and other intestinal diseases.

 “To me, research is all about interacting with others,” says Beck. “This award provides that interaction as well as an opportunity to explore some of the top universities in Canada.”

The Calvin, Phoebe and Joan Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases was named in 2008 in honour of Joan Snyder and her parents, who she credits for teaching her the value of philanthropy. It is a group of more than 104 clinicians, clinician-scientists and basic scientists who are impacting and changing the lives of people suffering from chronic diseases, including sepsis, MRSA, cystic fibrosis, type-1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. For more information on the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases, please visit us at or follow us on Twitter @SnyderInstitute.