Dr. Macnab has developed an unusual and outstanding combination of technical ability, academic knowledge, and scientific expertise. He has in particular a range of knowledge that is extraordinarily broad for an academic clinician who must concern himself with the myriad minutiae that constitute optimum treatment of seriously ill infants and children. It extends from the arcane aspects of developmental biology to the optical physics of biology sensors through the very basics of pediatric transport and child care.
A Canadian leader in the science of Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS), Dr. Macnab has made seminal discoveries at a basic science level that are poised to translate a disruptive technology into an answer for a major clinical problem in urology.
Dr. Macnab and his Brighter Smiles Africa project were recognized with the 2012 ROSE award, for which Rose Charities cited "the importance of the beneficial effects of the program on the health of disadvantaged children, the educational relevance of the international partnership on which the program is based, the impact of recent publications documenting the efficacy of the interventions (written during STIAS Fellowships) and the contribution of the consensus statement from the recent colloquium on ‘Health Promoting Schools’ held at STIAS November 2011". The Brighter Smiles Africa program was based initially on provision of knowledge and reinforcement of sound practices related to children’s oral health. Its success in improving oral health led to each school expanding the health promotion topics to include other issues identified as relevant by the community. MUK (Makerere University Kampala) and UBC students and faculty were responsible for developing the relevant education and health practices related to each issue identified. They then assisted the schools in delivery of the new initiatives, and provided on-going evaluation of their impact on individuals and the community.