Distinguished Career Award

Distinguished Career Award Winner for ISPP 2019

Dr. Ruth Grunau has a PhD in Psychology and is a Professor in the Neonatology Division, Dept. of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia, and Senior Scientist in the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

She is a pioneer in the field of infant and childhood pain. Her early research produced the first tool to quantify infant pain, still widely used today. She went on to use physiological, hormonal, behavioral and more recently, brain-based approaches to show the long-lasting adverse effects of pain and stress in premature babies. Her work has had a major influence upon the management of pain in infancy.