Barnett was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in England and moved with his parents to Canada as a child. He entered medicine at the University of Toronto where he graduated in 1944. He did his junior rotating internship at the Toronto General Hospital and later completed training in neurology in Toronto in 1950. After two years at Queen Square in London, UK, and later a research assistant in Oxford, he obtained a fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (F.R.C.P.(C.)). From 1952 to 1967 he was neurologist at the Toronto General Hospital and from 1966 to 1969 Chief of the Division of Neurology at Sunnybrook Medical Centre. In 1969 he was invited to become the Chief of the Division of Neurology at The University of Western Ontario and Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario. From 1974 to 1984 he served as Chairman of the Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences at The University of Western Ontario. In 1986, he co-founded the Robarts Research Institute and was named its first Scientific Director.
Barnett's extraordinary contributions to stroke research have changed the management of millions of stroke patients. The implementation of his research has prevented an unaccountable number of strokes. He has shown the strength of research by revealing that some routinely used procedures were supported by science, others were not.
For these contributions, Dr. Henry JM Barnett is awarded the Karolinska Stroke Award for Excellence in Stroke Research in 2008.
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