A Brigham Young University chemistry professor is the joint recipient of the 1998 Prix Galien Canada Award for scientific research.

Morris J. Robins, along with David Lorne John Tyrrell, dean of the faculty of medicine and dentistry at the University of Alberta, received the award at ceremonies in Toronto on May 14.The citation honors their "significant contribution to the understanding of the hepatitis B virus and to the development of an effective treatment for this fearsome disease, which is the ninth leading cause of death in the world."

A distinguished researcher and teacher, Robins was the first holder of the J. Rex Goates Professorship in Chemistry at BYU. His ongoing research has resulted in the creation of several anti-viral, anti-AIDS and anti-cancer agents.