Dr. June M. James
Dr. June Marion James, O.M, Hon. Dip (RRC) BSc, BSc (med), M.D. FRCPC, FAAAAI, born In Trinidad and Tobago came to Canada in 1960 for university studies in Manitoba, with a career goal of Medicine. She completed her Bachelor Degree of Science in 3 years, and was accepted to Medical schools in the United States and Canada. In addition to cost, June learnt that she would be breaking new ground by being the first woman of color admitted at the University of Manitoba School of Medicine, so she made the decision to remain in Winnipeg.
Following her graduation in 1967, Dr. James did her residency training in Paediatrics, then became a Paediatric Fellow in Hematology /Oncology. At that time, chemotherapy options for children were limited for Blood Cancer and clinical outcomes were poor. An immunoglobulin discovered almost simultaneously in Japan and Sweden named Immunoglobulin E (IGE) was now found to play a pivotal role in Allergy and Asthma. She changed to this new medical sub-speciality entering in 1972 as a Clinical Fellow.