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Professor Jane Heffernan elected to Royal Society of Canada

Professor Jane Heffernan elected to Royal Society of Canada

Congratulations to Jane Heffernan, professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, for being elected to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. The College consists of mid-career leaders who provide the RSC with a multigenerational capacity to help Canada and the world address major challenges and seize new opportunities. 

“RSC membership is a prestigious honour in Canada and we are thrilled to celebrate Professor Heffernan’s recognition,” said Rui Wang, Dean of the Faculty of Science. “She is an international leader in infectious disease modelling, tackling important questions related to the spread of diseases and public health strategies.”

Professor Heffernan leads her Modelling Infection and Immunity Lab and is the Communications Director for the Centre for Disease Modelling at York University. Her expertise includes mathematical models of disease (including COVID-19, HIV, HCV, HSV, TB, and influenza), and forecasting healthcare demand (for example, ward and ICU hospital beds). Professor Heffernan works closely with modelling groups in Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Fields Institute’s COVID Modelling Task Force. Her research program centers on understanding the spread and persistence of infectious diseases in hosts and in populations, with a focus on studies of immunity and behavior change.

The RSC will welcome the Class of 2021 new RSC Fellows and new Members of the RSC College and present awards in ceremony on Friday, November 19, 2021.  

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