A world-renowned expert in the relationship between stroke and dementia, Dr. Vladimir Hachinski also dabbles as a composer and poet.
The coalescence of this passion for art and health care came together earlier this year as Hachinski was named a recipient of the 2018 Killam Prize, the highest honour for research from the Canada Council of the Arts, which recognizes the career achievements of eminent Canadian scholars and scientists actively engaged in research.
Five prizes of $100,000 are awarded each year, one prize in each of the fields of humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences and engineering.
Hachinski is Western’s sixth Killam Prize winner and the most recent winner since English professor David Bentley won in 2015. Other Western winners include Economics professor John Whalley (2012), Engineering professors Alan Davenport (1993) and Maurice Bergiougnou (1999) and Robarts Research Institute co-founder Henry Barnett (1988).