Dr. Katey Rayner earns honour as a leading scientist in blood research

Faculty of Medicine
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Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
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Her team's innovative work is boosting patient care across Canada and deepening global knowledge.

Dr. Katey Rayner has earned a well-deserved national honour recognizing her many contributions in advancing blood and blood vessel sciences in Canada and across the globe.

She’s just been named as the recipient of the 2023 Mid-Career Excellence Award in Blood and Blood Vessel Research. It’s a joint award issued by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (CIHR-ICRH) and the Canadian Society of Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (CSATVB).

That’s two years in a row that a member of our thriving research community has won this national recognition, putting a major spotlight on the Faculty of Medicine’s growing strength in this hugely important area of medical investigation. Dr. Marc Carrier received the accolade last year.

Dr. Rayner, a full professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology and the leader of a research lab at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, points to the commitment and creativity of her team in helping her achieve this significant mid-career acknowledgment.

Dr. Katey Rayner

“This is a very humbling recognition, and I am so grateful that CIHR’s Institute for Circulatory & Respiratory Health continues to recognize Canadian researchers with awards like this. Some of my earliest research funding as a graduate student came from CIHR and ICRH, and without it our research wouldn’t be what it is today,” she says. “And while I might be receiving this award with my name on it, I am doing so on behalf of the large group of students, graduate & staff that work tirelessly in the lab to answer the research questions we have.

Her team’s research focuses on how inflammation underlies common diseases like coronary artery disease, obesity and dementia. Their innovative work is boosting patient care across Canada and deepening global knowledge.

It’s the latest high-profile accolade for Dr. Rayner, who is also the Faculty’s Assistant Dean of Research. She’s previously been recognized with competitive honours such as the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences Young Investigator Award, the Joseph A. Vita Award from the American Heart Association, and has been welcomed as a member of the College of New Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada.

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