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Brian Howard Robinson, PhD

October 30, 2021

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Professor Brian H. Robinson, PhD

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Brian Robinson, a brilliant medical research scientist and kind soul, on October 30, 2021. He was cherished by his beloved wife Joyce, his sons, grandchildren, nieces, brother, sister, and colleagues at SickKids. Brian was appointed to the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto in 1973. He ran a world-renowned diagnostic lab at SickKids for patients with mitochondrial diseases; genetic disorders that affects energy production in our bodies. He researched these diseases and identified the genetic cause of more than 10 different types. One disorder affected children from the Saguenay region of Quebec. The Mayor of Saguenay personally thanked him for this important work in helping save so many children's lives there. His work earned him tremendous respect from both his peers and appreciative families - these diseases are often fatal. His diagnoses and research changed many lives. It allowed affected children to receive better treatments and provided expert guidance for families in need.

Throughout his career, Brian published 290 publications and was invited to speak at many international conferences. In 2001 he was awarded the prestigious Canada Research Chair in Nutrition and Metabolism. Since 1980, he taught medical students, mentored 15 graduate students, and was known for his unwavering support of his staff and immense knowledge of biochemistry. He inspired those fortunate enough to work with him and trained a new generation of researchers. He continued to support them throughout their careers. His motto was "Once you join the Robinson lab, you are part of it for life!" He retired in 2012 and has spent the last years of his life with his wife and family. A marathon runner, folk musician, an angler, collector of antiquities and steam train enthusiast; Brian loved the outdoors and was creative, humorous, and cheerful. 

Private Visitation & Celebration of Life

A Private Visitation & Celebration of Life was held at St. Peter's Anglican Church. Interment at St. Peter's Anglican Church Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to HALIBURTON COMMUNITY FUNERAL HOME 13523 Hwy #118 Haliburton, Ontario 705-457-9209

 

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