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Portrait of Dr. Mamatha Bhat
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Dr. Mamatha Bhat recognized with John Charles Polanyi Prize in Physiology/Medicine

February 4, 2020

Dr. Mamatha Bhat has received the John Charles Polanyi Prize in Physiology/Medicine for her research to ensure long-term health for patients who undergo liver transplants.

Bhat is an assistant professor in the department of medicine’s division of gastroenterology and a staff hepatologist and clinician-scientist at the University Health Network’s Multi-Organ Transplant Program. Her lab focuses on the key complications that compromise the long-term survival of liver transplant recipients: recurrent liver cancer, fatty liver and metabolic disease. She is establishing the first translational research program worldwide dedicated to improving these post-transplant outcomes.

“It’s a wonderful sign of support for the importance of this translational research that will provide improved long-term outcomes for our patients,” Bhat said. “That’s what means the most.” 

The award is named after John Polanyi, a U of T University Professor of chemistry and joint winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. At a reception to honour the winners, Polanyi described the potential impact of Bhat’s research.

“Papers pour out of her lab (about sixty, so far) regarding the new world of human spare-parts,” Polanyi said. “Dr. Bhat looks ahead to the time when these spare parts are themselves in need of repair by which time she will know how to repair them.”

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