Dr. Maureen Meade – Recipient of the 2020 CIHR-ICRH/CCCS Distinguished Lecturer Award in Critical Care Sciences

The CDTRP would like to congratulate Dr. Maureen Meade (McMaster University) on her recent success of the 2020 CIHR-ICRH/CCCS Distinguished Lecturer Award in Critical Care Sciences.

The CIHR-ICRH and the Canadian Critical Care Society (CCCS) have established an annual Distinguished Lecturer in Critical Care Sciences Award in recognition of an individual’s outstanding contribution to the advancement of critical care sciences in Canada. The award will be presented to the selected candidate at the Canadian Critical Care Forum (CCCF), where the recipient gives a keynote lecture as part of the scientific program. The CCCF is Canada’s premier national meeting dedicated to the critical care profession and supports a collaborative multidisciplinary approach to promote research, education and patient care in Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Meade is a critical care physician at Hamilton Health Sciences and Professor of Medicine at McMaster University. She is a distinguished critical care scholar who has undertaken a large body of rigorous clinical research and mentored a number of outstanding early career investigators.

Dr. Meade led a 20-year research program dedicated to lung protective ventilation in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. She earned international acclaim spearheading 4 randomized trials and contributing to the Executive Committees and Data Safety Monitoring Boards of many more. Her research addressing PEEP strategies and high frequency oscillation have influenced recommendations in UptoDate and international ARDS guidelines. Dr. Meade’s 250 publications feature the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, JAMA, and the British Medical Journal.

Dr. Meade was the inaugural recipient of the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group Deborah J. Cook Mentorship Award. She has mentored more than 40 critical care researchers: masters students, PhDs, and junior faculty. Thirteen are presenting their work internationally, 10 hold peer-reviewed career awards and 9 lead multicentre trials.

In 2015, Dr. Meade launched Canada-DONATE, a new program of research focused on deceased organ donation. The aim of this program is to address the many difficult challenges unique to research in this emerging field, and to create a sustainable, national research platform to support clinical trials.

Dr. Meade attributes her academic successes to strong mentorship, inspired collaborators, and generous support from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group, and the Canadian Donation and Transplant Research Program.