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New biography of Dr. Fraser Mustard: “connections and careers”

May 18, 2010

TORONTO, ON – Dr. Fras­er Mus­tard, one of the world’s fore­most experts on ear­ly child­hood devel­op­ment, is the sub­ject of a new biog­ra­phy that was unveiled today at a recep­tion at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to. 

Titled “Con­nec­tions and Careers,” the book chron­i­cles Mustard’s per­son­al and pro­fes­sion­al rela­tion­ships over the years, from his Depres­sion-era child­hood and ear­ly aca­d­e­m­ic strug­gles in school to his tri­umphs as “Moose” Mus­tard, all-star Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to tack­le, through to his dis­tin­guished accom­plish­ments as a physi­cian and sci­en­tist. 

The book is writ­ten by UofT Pro­fes­sor Emeri­ta Mar­i­an A. Pack­ham, a long-time friend, research col­lab­o­ra­tor and a key col­league in Mustard’s work on platelets and arte­r­i­al dis­ease and the effects of Aspirin. Mus­tard was award­ed the Gaird­ner Foun­da­tion prize for this work in 1967. For her part, Pack­ham was rec­og­nized by UofT with a spe­cial insti­tu­tion-wide appoint­ment as Uni­ver­si­ty Pro­fes­sor.       

“Mar­i­an has cap­tured how the many con­nec­tions I made in my work that set my diverse career,” said Dr. Mus­tard. “I’ve been for­tu­nate to have worked with some of the best and bright­est minds over the years and they have cer­tain­ly shaped the course of my work.” 

Pres­i­dent David Nay­lor of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to said Dr. Mustard’s accom­plish­ments can­not be over­stat­ed. 

“Fras­er Mus­tard is a nation­al trea­sure and a giant in every sense of the word,” said Pres­i­dent Nay­lor. “He has been a ster­ling suc­cess as a bio­med­ical sci­en­tist, trans-dis­ci­pli­nary schol­ar, builder of inno­v­a­tive aca­d­e­m­ic insti­tu­tions and world-class research net­works, and a vision­ary in health and social pol­i­cy. 

“This new biog­ra­phy is an invalu­able record of his ground-break­ing work in diverse fields as well as his unique abil­i­ties and style.” 

Mustard’s list of pro­fes­sion­al accom­plish­ments is long: 

  • MD Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to (1953) and PhD Uni­ver­si­ty of Cam­bridge (1956)
  • Found­ing mem­ber of McMas­ter University’s Temer­ty Temer­ty Fac­ul­ty of Med­i­cine (1966);
  • Found­ing pres­i­dent of the Cana­di­an Insti­tute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) (1982);
  • Co-chair of a 1999 Ontario gov­ern­ment report on ear­ly learn­ing, The Ear­ly Years Study — Revers­ing the Real Brain Drain;
  • Advi­sor on ear­ly child­hood devel­op­ment to the Cana­di­an and Aus­tralian gov­ern­ments, the World Bank, the Inter-Amer­i­can Devel­op­ment Bank, UNICEF and the Aga Khan Uni­ver­si­ty of Pak­istan;
  • Fel­low of the Roy­al Soci­ety of Cana­da, Com­pan­ion of the Order of Cana­da, and recip­i­ent of the Order of Ontario
  • Mem­ber of the Cana­di­an Med­ical Hall of Fame 

Most recent­ly, he has led The Founders’ Net­work, an inter­na­tion­al orga­ni­za­tion that pro­motes CIFAR, sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy and socio-eco­nom­ic deter­mi­nants of health and human devel­op­ment. 

Dr. Mus­tard is one of 10 sci­en­tists hon­oured in the Hall of Giants that was estab­lished at UofT’s Ter­rence Don­nel­ly Cen­tre of Cel­lu­lar and Bio­mol­e­c­u­lar Research in 2006 for con­tri­bu­tions to med­ical research. A bronze sculp­ture of Mus­tard was unveiled, and the 13th floor of the Cen­tre was named after him. 


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