News in brief: week 7

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Dr. Anne Ellis wins F. Estelle Simons research award 

Presented by the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Dr. Anne Ellis earned the F. Estelle Simons research award—as announced by the University on Oct. 15. 

The distinction is awarded to scholars whose research is significant and beneficial to the study of allergies. 

Ellis is the chair of the Division of Allergy and Immunology in the Department of Medicine at Queen’s. Her primary focus is researching allergic rhinitis, or hayfever, and studying how umbilical cord blood can determine future allergies in infants. 

She’s also the director of the Environmental Exposure Unit, a research facility in the Kingston Health Sciences Centre capable of simultaneously studying 150 patients. 

Ellis runs frequent allergy and immunology clinics out of the Hotel Dieu Hospital where she analyzes hayfever, asthma, food and drug allergy, stinging insect allergy, hives, eczema and other types of allergies. 

Dr. Curtis Nickel receives Mostafa Elhilali Award 

Queen’s announced on Oct. 15 that Societé Internationale d’Urologie has awarded Dr. Curtis Nickel the Mostafa Elhilali Award for his work in the field of urologic pain. 

Nickel has been a member of the Department of Urology at Queen’s since 1984 and became a professor in 1994. He directs the Center for Applied Urological Research, a clinical research institute at Queen’s.

Nickel’s research addresses inflammatory, benign prostate, and pain diseases of the urinary tract, and has worked with thousands of men and women suffering from chronic urogenital pain through studies and clinical trials.

Nickel has more than 550 publications and is currently the editor of the Urology Update series. In addition to being on the editorial board of seven other urology journals, he’s also the Tier One Canada Research Chair in Urology.

Along with being invited to speak at over 35 different universities in Canada and the United States, Nickel’s been invited to meetings and events in over 45 countries around the world. 

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