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Dr. Peter Nickerson

2018 Medal for Research Excellence
University of Manitoba

Dr. Peter Nickerson is recognized as a leader in transplantation medicine both in Canada and around the world. His innovative research and contributions to health policy are helping to improve access to – and quality of – organ transplantation in Canada.

As part of a team of renowned transplant researchers at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Nickerson is working to unravel the complex factors that influence the success or rejection of a transplanted donor organ. His research focuses on mechanisms of acute and chronic kidney transplant rejection, immunogenetics, non-invasive diagnostics monitoring immune activation, and health policy and system design.

Dr. Nickerson, in partnership with Canadian Blood Services, has built a national transplant network for hard-to-match kidney patients. The Highly Sensitized Patient (HSP) Program is giving Canadians who used to have very little opportunity for a kidney transplant new hope, saving lives and impacting hundreds of Canadian families.

Dr. Peter Nickerson is a Distinguished Professor of Internal Medicine and Immunology at the University of Manitoba, and Vice Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Health Sciences. He holds a number of other senior positions, including Medical Director of Transplant Manitoba, Medical Advisor with Canadian Blood Services (CBS), and the Flynn Family Chair in Renal Transplant.

Dr. Nickerson has received numerous honours over the course of his career. They include the Paul I. Terasaki Clinical Science Award from the American Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics, and the Clinician-Scientist Established Investigator Award by the American Society of Transplantation. He was also the recipient of the Dr. John B. Dossetor Research Award from The Kidney Foundation of Canada, and the Scholastic Award from Doctors Manitoba.