Gabriel Leon Plaa Medicine

Pioneer of toxicology in Canada

The Story

Plaa was educated at the University of California and came to Canada in 1968, joining the faculty of the Université de Montréal, where he served as chairman of the Department of Pharmacology and vice-dean of the Faculty of Medicine. He was one of the first researchers to study the toxic effect of chemicals on the liver, particularly the way chlorinated hydrocarbons like chloroform and carbon tetrachloride kill liver cells.

Sources: Who’s Who in America 1994

 

The Person

Birthdate
May 15, 1930
Birthplace
San Francisco, CA
Date of Death
November 11, 2009
Title
Toxicologist; Retired Professor and Director, Interuniversity Centre for Research in Toxicology
Office
Université de Montréal
Status
Deceased
Degrees
  • BSc University of California, Berkeley, 1952
  • PhD University of California, San Francisco, 1958
Awards
  • Society of Toxicology’s Achievement Award, 1967
  • Henderson Award, 1969
  • Thienes Award, 1977
  • Lehman award, 1977
Last Updated
June 5, 2011
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