Dr. J. Paul Santerre, professor in the faculty of dentistry and the institute of biomaterials and biomedical engineering at the University of Toronto, has been named a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences—considered one of the highest honours in the Canadian health sciences community.
At the University of Toronto, Dr. Santerre served as the associate dean of research in the faculty of dentistry from 2003–2008 and as director of the institute of biomaterials and biomedical engineering from 2008–2013. His research on biomaterials has examined biodegradation of composites and led to the development of bioactive polymers for vascular, spinal and oral tissue repair. The synthetic materials developed through his research have wide-ranging applications in health care and have been used to make safer, more effective medical products, including non-clotting catheters and blood dialysis membranes.
Fellows are recognized for their leadership, creativity and commitment to advancing academic health science. They are chosen from a wide range of academic health science disciplines, from fundamental science to population health.