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Dyck, Lillian Eva (1945–)

Lillian Dyck.
Lillian Dyck

Lillian Dyck was born in North Battleford in 1945 to an Aboriginal mother and a Chinese father. After earning a PhD from the University of Saskatchewan in 1981, she became a neurochemist and a professor in the Neuropsychiatry Research Unit. Her research has included the impact upon neurotransmission of anti-depressants and antipsychotics, as well as alcohol metabolism in Saskatchewan First Nations and other races. She has been on a research team to develop drugs that may be useful in treating Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s disease. She also writes and speaks about topics such as equity for women and First Nations people in the sciences. Dyck’s many awards include the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Science and Technology (1999) and a Saskatchewan First Nations Women of the Dawn Award for Science and Technology (2000). In March 2005, Lillian Dyck was appointed to the Canadian Senate.

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