Kelly Metcalfe receives Order of Merit from the Canadian Nurses Association

13 December 2022

Kelly Metcalfe a Professor and Associate Dean of Research and External Relations at the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing has received the Order of Merit for Nursing Research from the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA).

This award of excellence honours nurses who have made a significant impact on the nursing profession and practice through their leadership, scholarship, and innovation. Metcalfe who is also a senior scientist at Women’s College Hospital Research Institute, is recognized for her significant contributions to breast cancer research, specifically the prevention and treatment of hereditary breast cancers associated with BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations.

“It is an honour to receive this award alongside my fellow nursing colleagues,” says Metcalfe. “It recognizes not only the importance of breast cancer research, but also the unique role of nurse scientists, and brings greater awareness to the calibre of nursing research in Canada.”

Metcalfe’s current research is focused on assessing an alternate model of care called Direct Rapid Genetic Testing or DRGT for Canadians at high-risk of having a BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation.  Read more about Metcalfe’s work and how this model of care could change treatment decisions and improve access to testing for those diagnosed with breast cancer.