Dr. John McNeill receives Honourary Degree

Media Release: July 12, 2012

Dr. John McNeill receives Honorary Degree

Left to right: Dr. John McNeill (Professor and Dean Emeritus), UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Dr. Phillipe Auge (President), UMI.

Professor and Dean Emeritus Dr. John McNeill of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is the recipient of an Honourary Degree from the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biologics at Université Montpellier 1 (UM1).

UM1 gives a maximum of three honourary degrees per year. The degree was presented to Dr. McNeill at a special ceremony to honour his accomplishments as an educator, researcher, and administrator. The ceremony was attended by over 200 people, and included a lecture by Dr. McNeill on research and teaching in the pharmaceutical sciences. “This is a very meaningful award for me,” Dr. McNeill says. “Our two faculties have successfully collaborated for 33 years, and I’ve had the privilege to take part in this partnership since the very beginning.”

In the late 1970s, Dr. McNeill was instrumental in setting up a formal exchange agreement between the UBC Faculty Pharmaceutical Sciences and UM1's Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biologics. Numerous members of both faculties shared knowledge and resources, and Dr. McNeill mentored 19 researchers from UM1 in his lab.

“John is an outstanding scientist, and a remarkable teacher,” says Robert Sindelar, professor and dean, UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. “His dedication and contributions to the advancement of pharmacy can’t be over stated. He is truly deserving of this honour.”

Dr. McNeill joined the Faculty of Pharmacutical Sciences at UBC in 1971, and served as Dean from 1985 to 1996. He is the author of more than 400 manuscripts, over 500 abstracts, and five books. Dr. McNeill has received numerous honours for teaching and research over the course of his career, including the UBC Killiam Teaching Award, Ken Bowman Research Award, and Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada and the the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences. To read Dr. McNeill’s full biography, please visit www.pharmacy.ubc.ca/researchers/john-mcneill.

Established in 1946, the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia advances knowledge, health outcomes and the profession of pharmacy leading to enhanced societal benefit and optimal patient care. With more than 5,000 alumni, the Faculty specializes in pharmacy education, research and practice.

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