What is the Dr. Rogers Prize?    The Dr. Rogers Prize is a $250,000 prize that was founded in
2007. Its purpose is to highlight the important contribution of
Complementary and Alternative Medicine to health care. It is
intended to recognize individuals who have made significant
contributions in the field in Canada.
Named for:    Dr. Roger Rogers - a Canadian pioneer in Complementary and
Alternative Medicine (CAM) and co-founder of the Centre for
Integrated Healing (now InspireHealth) in Vancouver, BC.
He was awarded the Order of British Columbia in 2001 for his
groundbreaking work.
Prize:    A cash prize of $250,000 funded by the Lotte and John Hecht
Memorial Foundation, a Vancouver-based philanthropic
organization.
Nominations
Deadline:
   Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 5:00 PM (PST)
Award
Presentation:
   The 2017 winner will be announced at the Dr. Rogers Prize Award
Gala to be held Thursday, September 14, 2017 at the Fairmont
Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver, BC.
Past Dr. Rogers
Prize Recipients:
   Heather Boon, PhD (2015)
Sunita Vohra, MD (2013)
Marja Verhoef, PhD (2011)
Hal Gunn, MD (2009)
Badri (Bud) Rickhi, MD (2009)
Alastair Cunningham, MD (2007)
Abram Hoffer, MD (2007)
2017 Jury:    James Gordon, MD (USA)
Joseph Pizzorno, ND (USA)
Mary Ann Richardson, PhD (USA)
Susan Samueli (USA)
Simon Sutcliffe, MD (Canada)
Other Awards:    In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Dr. Rogers Prize in
2017, the Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation created the
Dr. Rogers Prize Groundbreaker Awards as a one-time award to
honour the pioneering spirit of the CAM leaders who paved the
way for a new era in Canadian health care.

The Groundbreaker Awards were presented at a Gala Award
Dinner held in Toronto on February 24, 2017. The recipients were:

Steven K.H. Aung, MD, University of Alberta, Edmonton
Jozef Krop, MD (ret) EcoHealth and Wellness Inc., Mississauga
Stephen Sagar, MD, McMaster University, Hamilton
Donald Warren, ND, Naturally Well Naturopathic Clinic, Ottawa
Joseph Y. Wong, MD, Toronto Pain & Stress Clinic, Toronto

CAM Use in Canada:    Comprehensive surveys indicate that Canadians' use of
complementary and alternative therapies has increased over the
past twenty years. Nationally, the most rapidly expanding
therapies have been massage, yoga, acupuncture, chiropractic
care, osteopathy, and naturopathy.

79% of Canadians recently surveyed had used complementary
and alternative therapies at least once, while 56% had used CAM
in the previous year.

Canadians spent more than $8.8 billion on CAM over a twelve
month period in 2015-2016, including $6.5 billion on CAM
providers and $2.3 billion on herbs, vitamins, special diet
programs, books, classes, and equipment.

(Source: Esmail, N. 2017. Complementary and Alternative
Medicine in Canada: Use and Public Attitudes 1997, 2006, and
2016
, Fraser Institute)

10 most commonly used CAM therapies in Canada:    Massage
Chiropractic care
Yoga
Relaxation techniques
Acupuncture
Prayer/spiritual practice
Herbal therapies
Naturopathy
Special diet programs
Homeopathy
10 most frequently reported medical conditions for which Canadians use CAM:    Back or neck problems
Allergies
Arthritis or rheumatism
Difficulty walking
Gynecological problems
Frequent headaches
Anxiety attacks
Digestive problems
Lung problems
Impotence

While cancer is not on this list as it is less prevalent than the ten
listed conditions, it is well known that people with cancer are high
users of CAM. A paper in the 2006 Journal of Psychosocial
Oncology estimated that 80% of adult cancer patients use at least
one form of CAM during or after treatment.

(Source: J Psychosoc Oncol 2006;23(4):35-60)

Website:    www.drrogersprize.org
More information:    Kate MacDonald
Dr. Rogers Prize Coordinator
coordinator @drrogersprize.org
(604) 683-7575