This award was created in September 1998 to honor Professor Alex Leighton, a pioneer and leader of Canadian psychiatric epidemiology at his 90th anniversary in Halifax. His work has associated innovative scientific endeavours with humanistic values and social concerns. Professor Leighton is known as a great communicator and teacher; he has trained and inspired generations of psychiatric epidemiologists and scientists.
The Alex Leighton Award is a joint initiative of the CPA and the Canadian Academy of Psychiatric Epidemiology (CAPE). Its purpose is to recognize an individual or a group of individuals who have contributed significantly to advancing and diffusing Canadian psychiatric epidemiology through innovative studies, methods, teaching or transfer of knowledge. It can relate to lifelong activities or to a recent significant achievement by more junior scientists.