Dr. Frank Plummer


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An Officer of the Order of Canada and the Order of Manitoba, Dr. Francis Plummer has been globally recognized for his work in public health and science.

As the Chief Science Officer and Chair of the Scientific Working Group at Sightline, Dr. Plummer leads a group of world-class Canadian scientists, leveraging their expertise to provide advice and direct consultation to Sightline’s clients.

As a Distinguished Professor at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Plummer has over 30 years of clinical leadership and research experience in infectious disease prevention and control, including leading the National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) in Winnipeg that flourished into a global scientific force by establishing the world renowned “Kenya AIDS Control Program”. His studies on HIV in Kenya were central to global understanding of the risk factors for HIV transmission and development of prevention strategies and he was recognized for his contributions by receiving the Gairdner Wightman Award and the Killian Prize. During the 2009 global H1N1 pandemic, it was Dr. Plummer that Mexico called first seeking assistance. Dr. Plummer also lead Canada’s laboratory response to SARS, and oversaw the development of two Ebola countermeasures (ZMapp, VSV-Ebov). He was the scientific lead for VSV-Ebov through trial lots development.

Dr. Plummer was chair of the Global Health Security Action Group Laboratory Network. He has published over 450 peer-reviewed articles in prominent scientific journals, and received many national and international awards and honours, including “Researcher of the Year” from Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Dr. Plummer has three honorary doctorates and in recognition of his significant contributions to public health in Canada, The Francis A. Plummer Theatre at the National Microbiology Lab, Winnipeg was unveiled by the Government of Canada in 2014.

 

Leadership

Dr. Francis Plummer
OC OM FRS FRCP MD LLD DSC
Chief Science Officer, Sightline Innovation
Professor University of Manitoba


Experience

Awarded Officer of the Order of Canada

Recipient of the Order of Manitoba

Canada Research Chair of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2001 - 2014

Scientific Director of the National Microbiology Laboratory (Winnipeg) of the Public Health Agency of Canada, 2000 - 2014

Senior Advisor to the President and Chief Public Health of the Public Health Agency of Canada until 2017

Chair of the Global Health Security Action Group Laboratory Network

Elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians

Established the world renowned “Kenya AIDS Control Program”

Led Canada’s laboratory response to SARS

Oversaw the development of two Ebola countermeasures ZMapp and VSV- Ebov

Gairdner Wightman Award for contributions to HIV, HINI and Ebola

Killiam Prize for contributions to HIV/AIDS

Scopus Award from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for contributions to humanity

I.S. Radvin Basic Science Award from the American College of Surgeons

“Researcher of the Year” from Canadian Institutes of Health Research