Francis Wayne Quan, MD, DPsych, FRCPC (1945–2021)

The Mach-Gaensslen Foundation of Canada and the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience (JPN) have launched an annual award for the best paper published in the journal, to honour the contributions of psychiatrist and former editor, Dr. Francis Wayne Quan, to the foundation and the journal.

Dr. Quan, who died 9 August 2021 after a brief battle with kidney cancer, was one of the founders and the first managing editor of the Psychiatric Journal of the University of Ottawa, the predecessor of JPN, from 1976 to 1983. He was also a director of the Mach-Gaensslen Foundation of Canada from 2016 to his death. These experiences were among Dr. Quan’s many contributions during his busy career as an eminent psychiatrist in Ottawa.

Dr. Francis Wayne Quan Memorial Prize has a value of $5000 and will be granted for the first time for a paper published in 2022.

“The Mach-Gaensslen Foundation of Canada is proud to fund this prize in honour of Dr. Quan,” said foundation’s Chair, Dr. Christopher Carruthers. “It reflects Dr. Quan’s commitment to mental health research and publishing, and the foundation’s work to advance mental health research in Canada.”

“We thank the Mach-Gaensslen Foundation of Canada for this great idea of presenting an annual award for best journal paper and for its generous contribution to the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience,” said Dr. Paul Albert, co-editor of JPN. “Creating a scientific award is always a valued and useful landmark. It helps to improve scientific engagement and productivity. It is also an excellent way to highlight some of the services and contributions that Dr. Quan rendered to our community.”

The official journal of the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology, JPN has a wide reach among Canadian mental health practitioners and scientists. It ranks among the highest-quality journals at the intersection of psychiatry and neuroscience and is openly accessible for all (

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