Dr. Michael Kobor has been awarded the 2022 Geoffrey L. Hammond Lectureship. The former, and inaugural, director of the Healthy Starts Research Theme at BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (BCCHR), senior scientist at the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT) and professor at The University of British Columbia (UBC) was nominated for his pioneering research, visionary leadership, and dedication to mentorship.
The Geoffrey L. Hammond Lectureship recognizes outstanding career research achievements by investigators at BC Children’s Hospital. The Lectureship pays tribute to the contributions of Dr. Geoffrey Hammond who, from 2003 to 2012, served first as the Research Institute’s scientific director and then deputy director. Internationally recognized as an expert in steroid hormone action, Dr. Hammond has held many distinguished roles including professor and Ivey Chair in Molecular Toxicology at the University of Western Ontario, Director of the Cancer Research Laboratories at the London Regional Cancer Centre, and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Reproductive Health.
Under Dr. Hammond’s leadership the Research Institute underwent an amazing period of growth that included strategic recruitment of researchers and integration of state-of-the-art equipment and technologies. He was instrumental in enabling researchers on the Oak Street campus to conduct cutting-edge health research for the benefit of children and families.