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Todd Constable to receive Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Todd Constable, Yale University

The University of Winnipeg Alumni Association is proud to recognize Dr. Todd Constable as the recipient of its highest honour, the Distinguished Alumni Award.

He will be honoured at the 2019 Spring Convocation ceremony to be held on the afternoon of Thursday, June 13 (2:30 pm).

Following his 1984 graduation from The University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Science in physics, Constable earned a Master of Science in medical physics at the University of Manitoba, followed by a doctorate in medical biophysics at the University of Toronto. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in diagnostic radiology at Yale University. 

Constable is now a professor of radiology and biomedical imaging and of neurosurgery at Yale University. Since 2001, he has been Director of MRI Research in the Department of Radiology and Co-director of the Magnetic Resonance Research Centre at Yale University School of Medicine. His research focuses on developing and validating new approaches to functional magnetic resonance imaging and using these methods to improve the understanding of brain function.

Constable is widely recognized as a foremost contributor to the development of magnetic resonance imaging and to the use of this modality in the understanding and monitoring of a range of illnesses. He is making fundamental contributions to the identification and understanding of the neural bases of epilepsy, addiction, patterns of brain development in infancy and childhood, children’s health, diabetes, resilience, and autism, amongst others.

He has published more than 260 scientific papers and has received more than $42 million in research funding as a principal investigator.

“We are very pleased to honour Todd Constable for his substantial contributions to medical science, including his devotion to researching new ways of understanding illnesses that affect quality of life,” said Charles Beckley, President of the UWinnipeg Alumni Association. “He is a talented, generous scientist and mentor who is using his skills and passion to make a positive impact — and we are extremely proud that he is an alumnus of The University of Winnipeg.”

Constable reflects on his time and experiences at UWinnipeg as being a source of expansion and growth. While he primarily teaches graduate students and medical students, he is also committed to welcoming undergraduate students into his labs as interns.

In the words of Constable’s nominator, Dean Emeritus Dr. Michael McIntyre, “he left with the skills needed to do science, to create knowledge. In doing so, he stands as an exemplar of The University of Winnipeg’s founding values and as a scientist of worldwide impact.”

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