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GIM’s Assistant Professor Sonal Singh, MD, MPH, has been informed by the Canadian Medical Association that he has won the Bruce Squires Award for his article published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (impact factor: 8.2) in 2011. The award is given to the authors of that journal’s best research article of the year. The article on which Dr. Singh is the first-named author is titled “Risk of Serious Adverse Cardiovascular Events Associated with Varenicline: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.” Dr. Singh and his co-authors found an elevated risk of adverse cardiovascular events with the use of a common medication taken to aid in smoking cessation.
The prize is named in honor of Dr. Bruce Squires, editor emeritus of the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The award announcement letter states that it is “awarded annually to the author(s) of the research paper published in the journal (during the previous year) that is most relevant to the practice of medicine and most likely to impact it in a positive way. Specifically, in selecting the winning paper, we considered the study’s originality, potential to impact practice as well as its methodological rigour.”
Congratulations, Dr. Singh!