Aubrey J. Tingle named to Order of BC

Dr. Aubrey J. Tingle, MSFHR founding president and CEO
Dr. Aubrey J. Tingle, MSFHR founding president and CEO

Dr. Aubrey J. Tingle, founding president and CEO of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, is one of 25 exceptional individuals appointed this week to the Order of British Columbia.

Since its creation in 1989, the Order has celebrated the accomplishments of British Columbians who have contributed with excellence and distinction to improving the lives of their fellow citizens.

Dr. Tingle is recognized for his outstanding contributions to advancing health research in British Columbia. Through his critical role in the creation of MSFHR, Dr. Tingle helped create a strong health research environment that attracts and retains the best researchers and supports them to produce innovative discoveries. He served as MSFHR’s president and CEO from 2001 until his retirement in 2008.

In 2010, MSFHR created the Aubrey J. Tingle Prize to celebrate the achievements of BC-based researchers whose work has made a significant impact on improving health and the health system.

Prior to MSFHR’s creation, Dr. Tingle founded and led the BC Research Institute for Children’s and Women’s Health, now known as the Child & Family Research Institute. Dr. Tingle helped shape the institute into Western Canada’s largest and most successful pediatric health research centre, which today employs more than 200 investigators working to change the lives of children suffering from cancer, diabetes, mental illness, genetic diseases, and infection.

As a researcher, Dr. Tingle is recognized internationally for his contributions to advancing our knowledge of pediatric immunology and viral infections. His research has focused on the relationship between persistent viral infection and the development of disease, with particular interest in rubella, arthritis, and the possible viral causes of juvenile diabetes.

Dr. Tingle and this year’s other recipients will be formally inducted into the Order of British Columbia Nov. 6 at a special ceremony in Victoria.