Dr. Brenda Milner interview

The Friends of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research has published a video celebrating Dr. Brenda Milner’s upcoming 103rd birthday on July 15, 2021. Brenda Milner is a founder of modern Neuropsychology and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University. This is an interview conducted by Michael Bliss, May 13th, 2013. They discuss Dr. Milner’s early interest in science.

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After the Pandemic

Major twentieth-century disease outbreaks in Canada included influenza, smallpox, diphtheria, and polio. [Photographic Illustration by James Gillespie, Canada's History]

Chris Rutty has a new article “After the Pandemic” in Canada’s History about how Canada‚Äôs experience of past disease outbreaks may provide clues to the post-pandemic future.


Leone Norwood Farrell and the Salk Vaccine

Dr. Leone Farrell, c. 1950s (courtesy Sanofi Pasteur Canada Archives, Connaught Campus)

Christopher Rutty has written an entry for the The Canadian Encyclopedia on the biochemist and microbiologist, Leone Norwood Farrell. Farrell was a pioneer in vaccine development. Her “Toronto Method” made possible the large-scale production of the Salk Vaccine for polio