2019 Resident Research Awards
Platform Presentation Awards -
1st – Laila Schenkel
2nd – Christine MacColl
3rd – Josko Ivica
Poster Presentation Awards -
1st – Man Hymn Edwin Ho
2nd – Yasmeen Vincent
3rd – Christopher Ma
Honorable mention -
Mackenzie Cullip - Class of 2022
Engineering and Health Sciences
Laboratory Medicine Programs – Clinical Pathology Best Platform Presentation
Overall Laboratory Medicine Programs
HRLMP Chief’s Award -
Best Quality Assurance Project -
1st - Amir Hadzic
Charu Kaushic (posted July, 2015)
CIHR award $1.2M Team Grant to study the mucosal immune response to HIV
Charu is leading a group of international researchers in this $1.2M CIHR Team Grant.
With support from the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative, and in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Charu and her colleagues propose to further explore whether changes in a woman's hormones, genital microflora and immune system increase the risk of HIV infection (more).
Gurmit Singh (posted June 2015)
2015 Department Excellence in Teaching Award
Gurmit Singh was selected as the recipient of our second annual Excellent in Teaching Award. This award recognizes overall teaching excellence as identified by faculty members who nominate colleagues for consideration by the selection committee.
Cathy Hayward (posted June 2015)
Wallace H Coulter Foundation Award
At the recent meeting of the International Society for Laboratory Hematology (ISLH), Cathy Hayward (in her role as President) and Mara Neal, Director-Research Awards, with the Wallace H Coulter Foundation announced that ISLH had been awarded a new, four year, million dollar grant from the Wallace H Coulter Foundation. Cathy is the principal investigator on this grant that will facilitate international education and collaboration in the field of laboratory hematology. The grant includes: endowed funding for two important lecture awards - the Berend Houwen Lecture recognizing lifetime achievements and service to laboratory hematology, and a new, Wallace H. Coulter Distinguished Lecture recognizing outstanding, innovative achievement, inventiveness, and entre-preneurship in fields of medicine and science relevant to the laboratory hematology community; funding to create online educational resources to promote best practices in laboratory hematology worldwide; funding to create an international mentorship program that will focus on training individuals from resource-poor areas of the globe through pairing with an established mentor for a two to three week intensive mentorship; and funding for ISLH to establish an international net-working and collaboration program to enable ISLH to partner with other international societies and associa-tions to collaboratively improve international education in laboratory hematology.
Darren Bridgewater (posted June 2015)
Michael G DeGroote School of Medicine (Class of 2015) Ari Shali Award
Darren Bridgewater was presented with this award at the Oath Ceremony on graduation day. The award was formerly known as the Dr David Carr Award (Anatomy) but was renamed by the graduating committee to recognize how many times Dr Ari Shali received the award. The award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates a passion and aptitute for teaching medical students.
Bruce Wainman (posted March 2015)
2015 Canadian Conference on Medical Education Certificate of Merit
has been selected as one of the
recipients to receive this prestigious award that
promotes medical education in Canadian medical
schools and to recognize and reward faculty’s
commitment to medical education.
Guillaume Paré (posted January 2015)
Canada Foundation for Innovation grant
Gui, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology, received his Infrastructure award is for Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology. The award will be used for Gui’s research program that seeks to reduce the burden of cardiovascular diseases in Canada by discovering their genetic causes. Gui expects his research to lead to the development of innovative ways to identify "at-risk" patients, which may lead to viable preventive strategies targeting known and novel modifiable risk factors.
Preclinical-Clinical Research Program in Food
Manel (along with Susan Waserman) has received grants that total $1,427,596 collectively for food allergy research at McMaster from MedImmune LLC,
Anaphylaxis Canada and AllerGen NCE
Brian Lichty, Yonghong Wan,
and Jonathan Bramson (posted December 2014)
Biotherapeutics for Cancer Treatment (BioCanRx)
As members of a team of more than 40 researchers from 17 academic institutions as well as eight industry partners and nearly 20 community partners, Brian, Wan, and Jonathan have lead roles in Biotherapeutics for Cancer Treatment (BioCanRx), a new Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE) devoted to cancer research that will receive $25M from the federal government and an additional $35M from partners to investigate biotherapeutics.
Learn more here
Charu Kaushic (posted December 2014)
CIHR Team Grant:
Mucosal Immunology for HIV Vaccine Development
Charu's HIV Mucosal Team grant was ranked second of seven applications by CIHR and has been awarded a $1.2M Team grant for her project "Interaction between sex hormones, microbiome and innate immunity in the female reproductive tract: Impact mucosal immunity and HIV susceptibilitywork on HIV infection of the mucosal tissue". This is a joint funding effort between CHVI and the B&M Gates Foundation. Faculty members Ali Ashkar and Fiona Smaill are among the co-PIs for this grant and Dawn Bowdish is among the co-investigators.
Peter Kavsak (posted November 2014)
Innovator of Distinction award
Peter attended the McMaster Innovation Showcase on November 12th were he was recognized with an Innovator of Distinction award. This showcase acknowledges the accomplishments of researchers who have been listed as an inventor on a patent issued to McMaster University over the last year.
Laurie Doering (posted November 2014)
Passion in Science Award
Laurie is one of 15 recipients worldwide of the “Passion in Science” award, funded by New England Biolabs to recognize scientists for their inspirational work that crosses into the arts, humanitarian service, environmentalism, and scientific leadership. New England Biolabs senior scientists (including 1993 Nobel Laureate Rich Roberts) formed the selection committee.
Laurie was an awardee under the Inspiration in Science category for his research work on astrocyte-based factors that may be able to treat neurons of people with Fragile X and autism.
Award recipients recently gathered for a summit at New England Biolabs' campus in Ipswich, Massachusetts to discuss their work and brainstorm how scientists can better connect and contribute to society.
New England Biolabs
Gurmit Singh (posted November 2014)
Movember Discovery Grants
Gurmit was among 26 Canadian researchers awarded grants by Prostate Cancer Canada that are funded by the Movember Foundation for his work on depression in prostate cancer patients. The funding comes from donations collected by men growing mustaches during the annual fundraising drive throughout November.
Ali Ashkar (posted October 16, 2014)
Canada Research Chair in Natural Immunity and NK Cell Function (Tier 1)
Natural Killer (NK) cells are critical to our own innate natural defence against chronic viral infections and tumours. During chronic viral infections or diseases such as cancer, a patient’s natural immunity is often weakened. Ali’s research team has developed a method to expand an NK cell population outside of the body and then sets them against tumour cells or cells infected with a virus. By increasing the number and potency of a patient’s own NK cells, tumour cells or virally infected cells can be eliminated with minimal side effects.
Dawn Bowdish (posted October 16, 2014)
Canada Research Chair in Aging and Immunity (Tier 2)
Dawn will use her CRC Chair to explore age-associated deterioration of the immune response. Dawn will be investigating the mechanisms that cause pneumonia in the elderly and explore why acquiring a bacterial pneumonia in mid-or-late life often exacerbates or accelerates other chronic inflammatory conditions. Her Chair provides her with the opportunity to develop novel approaches that will improve the lives of Canadians with age-associated inflammation and deterioration of the immune response.
Ali Ashkar (posted September 22, 2014)
Grand Challenges Canada Grant
Grand Challenges Canada, a federally-funded program that aims to improve maternal and child health in developing countries and around the world, has announced that it will fund a project that could make vaccines for deadly illnesses much more affordable and available by adapting already proven technology to a new and vital use. The McMaster project, to be led by Carlos Filipe in Chemical Engineering and Ali Ashkar of the McMaster Immunology Research Centre, is one of eight Canadian initiatives (testing the possibility of having the first termo-stable viral vaccine in Ali's lab) that will receive funding, together with several projects that will originate in developing countries.
McMaster daily news
Vina Alexopoulou (posted July 16, 2014)
Canadian Association of Pathologists
Leadership in Education Award
Dr Alexopoulou was awarded the prestigious Leadership in Education Award at the 2014 Canadian Association of Pathologists meeting in Toronto. Dr Alexopoulou is a department professor who is well respected for her ongoing contribution to the education of our students and residents and for supporting the continuous professonal development of our clinical faculty members.
Mark Loeb (posted June 18, 2014)
March of Dimes Canada
Jonas Salk Award
Dr Loeb was honored with the Jonas Salk Award for his lifetime work in infectious disease study at the March of Dimes “Ability and Beyond Gala” on June 12th .
The Jonas Salk Award is presented annually to a Canadian scientist, physician or researcher who has made a new and outstanding contribution in science or medicine to prevent, alleviate or eliminate a physical disability.
Laurie Doering (posted June 18, 2014)
Brain Canada foundation, the Azrieli Foundation and the Chagnon Family Award
Dr Doering has received a $2.5-million award to lead a team researching new treatments for social disability disorders including autism, Fragile X syndrome, Alzheimer disease and related disorders
Doering’s project, one of five to receive funding, was announced recently in Montreal.
The Hamilton Spectator
Matt McQueen (posted March 27, 2014)
International Federation of Clinical Chemistry
and Laboratory Medicine
2014 Distinguished Clinical Chemist Award
Dr McQueen has recently named the winner of the 2014 IFCC Distinguished Clinical Chemist Award, sponsored by Beckman Coulter. This award specifically recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the science of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine or the application of Clinical Chemistry to the understanding or the solution of medical problems.
Jim Mahony & Chris Stone (posted March 27, 2014)
Synapse Life Science Competition
Advanced Theranostics Inc, a McMaster spin-off company incorporated by Drs Mahony and Stone in February 2013, took first place in the inaugural Synapse Life Science Competition for life science businesses last week.
Their winning presentation offered a solution to the need for faster, more sensitive lab diagnostics for infectious diseases through a DNA swab, a hand-held device and a mobile app.
The competition began in December with 13 teams, and was narrowed to three teams who presented their innovations to a panel of industry experts. The judges included executives from GlaxoSmithKline, Amgen Canada, Mitsui Canada, Trellis Capital and Johnson & Johnson.
The competition was presented by Hamilton’s Innovation Factory, the DeGroote School of Business, the Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice, McMaster University and Mohawk College (more)
Gui Pare (posted March 17, 2014)
Cisco Professorship in Integrated Health Biosystems
McMaster University’s Board of Governors approved the establishment of the Cisco Professorship in Integrated Health Biosystems at its meeting March 6, 2014 and bestowed the inaugural title on Dr. Gui Pare effective January 1, 2014 – June 30, 2018.
Peter Kavsak (posted February 21, 2014)
American Association for Clinical Chemistry: Outstanding Scientific Achievements by a Young Investigator
Dr Kavsak will be presented with his award at the AACC Annual Meeting in Chicago this coming July. The award recognizes and encourages the professional develop-ment of a young investigator who has demonstrated exceptional scientific achievements early in his or her career. It is given based on the degree of originality exhibited in the individual's creative process and the significance of the research conducted relevant to the field of clinical laboratory medicine. It is conferred upon an individual who has the potential to be an outstanding investigator of the future.
Wali Khan (posted February 3, 2014)
CIHR Operating Grant
has been awarded a five-year CIHR Operating Grant
for his project "Crosstalk between the gut microbiome and serotonin- producing
enteroendocrine cells: regulating gut inflammation and host defense".
Canada Research Chair (posted December, 2013)
Jonathan Bramson has been awarded a Tier I Canada Research
Chair in Translational Cancer Immunology
Jonathan Draper's Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Human Stem
Cell Lineage Commitment has been renewed allowing him to continue to focus on
the mechanisms that modulate both the initial steps of human pluripotent stem
cells and the later specification of lung tissues, yielding insights that will
benefit patient care.
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (Ontario)
Research Project Grant Program
2013 Research & Fellowship Grant Awardees
The Research Project Grant Program supports projects demonstrating scientific excellence and innovation across a broad spectrum of research disciplines and methodologies, with emphasis on impact across the spectrum of breast health and breast cancer.
Priming human NK cells to treat human breast tumors: Clinical application of ex vivo-expanded autologous NK cell therapy (FHS News)
Snezana Popovic, Laurie Doering
Mechanism-based therapeutics for breast cancer-induced bone pain
Fellowship Program Awards
The Fellowship Program provides funds to train researchers and clinicians across a broad spectrum of disciplines. Fellowships focus on a broad range of issues across the spectrum of breast health and breast cancer.
Supervisor: Anita Bane
Prognostic signature and therapeutic development for poor prognosis ER+ breast cancer (FHS News)
2013 Laboratory Medicine Resident Research Day (posted May 29, 2013)
Congratulations to all our students on an inspiring Resident's Research Day. Special mention to the the following residents who received awards at the dinner following the event.
All Specialties - Original Research
Saranya Kittanakom, CC Fellow
Best Platform Presentation
Miranda Schell, AP Resident
1st Place Lei Jiao, MM Resident Best Case
2nd Place Tarek Ezzat, AP Resident
Laboratory Medicine Best Poster (residents) - includes all specialities
1st Place Yang Yu, MM Resident
2nd Place Ipshita Kak, GP Resident
3rd Place Linda Kocovski, GP Resident
Fellowship Program (includes all specialities) - Best Paper Presentation (Platform OR Poster)
Angela Rutledge – CC
Quality Assurance/ Laboratory Management Award (includes all specialties)
Platform or poster
Jeremy Daniels, AP Resident
Bruce Wainman (posted May 14, 2013)
President's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning
Bruce received this award in recognition of his overall excellence in teaching, his national recognition for innovative interprofessional teaching methods, and his multiple innovations to serve the needs of students. Bruce teaches anatomy courses for a variety of students in different health professions and is able to meet students needs with excellence and innovation. He has been recipient of the McMaster Student Union teaching award four times (for the Faculty of Health Sciences) and students rate his courses among the best in the university, complimenting his teaching style and his teaching effectiveness. Bruce has developed a unique interprofessional learning model, that introduces a common anatomy curriculum which allows students to educate each other on the professional use of anatomical knowledge in different disciplines, that has received provincial and national recognition. Bruce and his colleagues have captured the McMaster anatomical specimen collection in digital format allowing students to use computers and Ipads available in the Anatomy Lab to study the digitized and biological specimens that are relevant to the needs of each program (MACAnatomy Project). He also helped to design the Anatomy Learning Commons, a learning environment that encourages students to congregate to learn from each other, and led a team that produced an online text designed to meet the needs of the pharmacology curriculum for students in the Midwifery Education Program for McMaster, Ryerson, and Laurentian Universities.
Waliul Khan (posted April 22, 2013)
National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grant
Dr Khan was awarded a five year Discovery Grant for his research on the regulation of goblet cell biology in enteric infection.
Cathy Hayward (posted April 4, 2013)
International Society for Laboratory Hematology (ISLH) Berend Houwen Memorial Lecture
Dr Hayward has been chosen to present the prestigious Berend Houwen Memorial Lecture at ISLH 2013 on May 10, 2013 in Toronto. Cathy's keynote topic will be “Improving Blood Disorder Diagnosis: Reflections on the Challenges”. Dr. Hayward’s review paper on the lecture is published in the Society’s official journal, the International Journal of Laboratory Hematology. The Berend Houwen Memorial Lecture was established in 2005 to honor the founder of the ISLH. Only nominees who exemplify the scientific excellence, outstanding values and quest for knowledge embodied by Berend are chosen to present this lecture. Berend Houwen, MD, PhD, founded ISLH in 1992, and continued to be a leader in Laboratory Hematology research, innovation, and education until his untimely death in February, 2004.
Dr. Zhou Xing (posted April 2, 2013)
Collaborative Health Research Projects program sponsored by CIHR and NSERC
Zhou and his research team at the McMaster Immunology Research Centre (MIRC) were awarded $1M from the Collaborative Health Research Projects program sponsored by CIHR and NSERC. These funds will go towards for the development and production of a novel adenovirus-based vaccine for tuberculosis with the ultimate intention of launching a Phase I clinical trial of the novel vaccine. This tuberculosis vaccine
represents the second adenovirus-based vaccine that was developed by the Xing lab at MIRC and translated to human trial using the MIRC GMP production unit.
These funds will help to solidify the Xing lab as an international leader in the hunt for a vaccine to fight tuberculosis.
Dr. Dawn Bowdish (posted February 11, 2013)
Ontario Lung Association and Pfizer Canada Research Award
Dawn was thrilled to attend the annual Breathe! gala event hosted as a fundraising event for the Ontario Lung Association to receive an award donated by Pfizer Canada and administered by the Ontario Lung association. Not only did it give her a chance to dress up and go out (a rare event!) for an evening of good food and drink but she was inspired to meet some of the spokespeople of the event, including Helene Campbell, who spent her time waiting for a double lung transplant starting an immensely successful social media campaign to increase organ donation, Ann Marie Cerato, a lung cancer survivor and Kayla Baker, a young sarcoidosis patient on a waiting list for a lung transplant. Not only was it inspiring to meet these brave, bold heroes but it was humbling to be in a room full of people whose lives were all touched by the research funded by the Ontario Lung Association.
Manel Jordana, Charu Kaushic and Zhou Xing (posted February 6, 2013)
CIHR Research Operating Grants
Manel, Charu and Zhou, scientists at the McMaster Immunology Research Centre (MIRC) have just been awarded $2M in direct research funding from CIHR to advance their research on mucosal immunology.
Given the challenging climate of research funding, the success of these faculty members is a testament to the excellence of their research programs and the research environment of McMaster.
For more information on the details of these research grants, please visit the MIRC website: http://mirc.mcmaster.ca/
Darren Bridgewater (posted January 15, 201)
Excellence in Teaching Award
Darren was chosen by the School of Medicine as the recipient of the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award.
INMD CIHR New Investigator
Best Presentation/Project Award
At the December 2012 meeting in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Darren received the Best Presentation/ Project Award for his project "
ß-catenin controls the genesis of renal dysplasia via regulation the Gdnf-Ret Signaling axis".
John Fernandes (posted August 22, 2012)
Founder designation in Forensic Pathology
In recognition of the time and expertise contributed to the development of Forensic Pathology, the Credentials Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada awarded John Fernandes the designation of Founder, Forensic Pathology.
This award recognizes Fellows who have made significant contributions to the development of a new specialty. Founders are involved in helping the Royal College create the specialty by assisting in the development of documents needed to accredit training programs and standardize Canadian residency training objectives and in final in-training evaluation reports. Founders also create the certification examination blueprints and develop the first certification examination questions.
Amanda Lee (posted August 9, 2012)
CIHR Master’s Award
Amanda, a first-year Master’s student supervised by Ali Ashkar, received this award that recognizes students with an exceptionally high potential for future research achievement and productivity. Amanda was ranked first in her category and received a nearly perfect score from the reviewers, which is highly unheard of.
Her project studies the antiviral mechanisms of natural killer cells – cells that are part of the innate immune system and the first responders to infection.
McMaster Daily News
Ali Ashkar, Dawn Bowdish, Charu Kaushic, Karen Mossman and Yonghong Wan
MIRC scientists receive $3M in funding from CIHR
(posted July 11, 2012)
Scientists at the McMaster Immunology Research Centre (MIRC) have just been awarded $3M in direct research funding from CIHR in the form of five operating grants to MIRC scientists Ali Ashkar, Dawn Bowdish, Charu Kaushic, Karen Mossman, and Yonghong Wan. These funds will be employed to advance their research on host defense from virus infection, the impact of age on immune defense and cancer immunotherapy.
Given the challenging climate of research funding, the success of these scientists is a testament to the excellence of their research programs and the McMaster research environment.
For more information on the details of these research grants, visit http://mirc.mcmaster.ca/
Brian Lichty, Jonathan Bramson, Karen Mossman and Yonghong Wan
Terry Fox Foundation
Scientists at the McMaster Immunology Research Centre (MIRC) have just been awarded $2M in direct research funding from the Terry Fox Foundation. These funds will be employed to advance their research in cancer immunotherapy using oncolytic vaccines, which were invented at McMaster. The money will be split across two projects headed by Drs. Brian Lichty and Jonathan Bramson. Drs. Karen Mossman and Yonghong Wan will also be involved in these studies.
Oncolytic vaccines are a novel cancer therapeutic that were first described by MIRC scientists in 2010. These biological agents are based on live recombinant viruses that replicate selectively in tumor cells, causing cell death, but cannot damage healthy cells. In 2010, MIRC scientists demonstrated that these recombinant viruses could also be used to promote immune responses against the cancer, yielding a multi-pronged thera-peutic that can kill tumors directly and indirectly. MIRC scientists believe that the ability to generate a robust immune response against cancer is key to achieving long-term cures.
These projects are a component of a larger research program, known as the Canadian Oncolytic Virus Consortium (COVCo), which seeks to advance these novel therapies into the clinic. COVCo scientists have recently demonstrated that these viruses are tolerable and effective in humans. Further, through support of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, MIRC scientists, in collaboration with COVCo and OCOG, plan to launch a Phase I clinical trial of their lead oncolytic vaccine in 2013.
Darren Bridgewater (posted June 2012)
Kidney Foundation of Canada
Darren received a Biomedical Research Grant for his project "Causes and cures for congenital kidney disease: a role for B-catenin"
JP Bickell Foundation
Darren was awarded a grant for his project “Cures for Congenital Kidney Disease: A role for B-catenin”. Only one grant is awarded per year for health care research and each participating institution may only submit one applicant to the Foundation. Darrenwas selected to represent McMaster for the 2012 grant competition.
Judy West-Mays (posted June 2012)
National Institute of Health (NIH)
received a five year NIH grant for her project "Role of MMPs in TGFbeta-induced Cataract Formation"
Megan Dodd (posted June 2012)
graduate student with Gonzalo Hortelano
2012 Let’s Talk Science National Site Coordinator Award
This award recognizes an outstanding Site Coordinator who is passionate about science and science outreach and is committed to strengthening and developing their site locally, while thinking nationally. The recipient demonstrates excellent communication, administrative and volunteer management skills, while being positive role models to volunteers and youth. Megan introduced three new large-scale events to the McMaster site which added to the diversity of opportunities available to the youth that they reach. These events were the Ancaster Rock and Mineral show; Family Science Night; and the Science in the Media Event.
2012 Residents’ Research Day (posted May 2012)
All Specialities – Original Research
Best Platform Presentation
1st (tie) Etienne Mahe, AP
1st (tie) Leena Narsinghani, GP
2nd Sergey Pozdnyakov, AP
Anatomical & General Pathology
Best Case Report/Series Presentation
1st Li Wang, MB
2nd Tarek Ezzat, AP
Best Poster (residents)
includes all specialities
1st - Linda Kocovski, GP
2nd - Kika Veljkovic, CC
3rd - Maged Mansour, MB
Fellowship Program (includes all specialities)
Best Paper Presentation (Platform OR Poster)
Angela Rutledge, CC
Khloud Nuri, MM
Charu Kaushic (posted April 2012)
Applied HIV Research Chair
Charu received the Applied HIV Research Chair from OHTN for her project “Heterosexual transmission of HIV: Targeting prevention strategies in women, based on evidence of biological susceptibility“.
Charu was one of only three awardees out of 21 applicants who met the demanding criteria (scientific rigour and excellence, direct relevance to the populations most affected by HIV, and short-to-medium term impact) of OHTN’s new Impact-Focused Research Program.
The Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) is a collaborative network of researchers, health service providers, policy makers, community members and people with HIV who work together to promote excellence and innovation in HIV treatment, research, education in Ontario.
Zhou Xing (posted April 2012)
NSERC Discovery Award
Zhou received an award for his project:
Regulation of NK cell biology by lung macrophage-derived interleukin-15
Darren Bridgewater (posted April 2012)
NSERC Discovery Award
Darren received an award for his project: Regulation of Cell Signaling and Branching morphogenesis
Vicky Chen (posted Jan 2012)
2011 Sister Joan O’Sullivan Award
The Sister Joan O’Sullivan Award is the highest award given by the St. Joseph’s Hospital Medical Staff Association, and nominees meet the criteria by striving for excellence, creating an effective environment for learners, being available to patients and clients, respecting the dignity of all persons, recognizing the contribution of the Hospital team, and making a difference in people’s lives.
Dr Chen’s many years of dedicated service as a top-notch clinician and teacher illustrate how truly deserving she is of this Award.
Jack Gauldie (posted Aug 11, 2011)
Honourary Degree Bestowed
Faculty of Health Sciences Spring 2011 Convocation
Dr. Gauldie received the honourary degree of Doctor of Science at the 2011 Faculty of Health Sciences Spring 2011 Convocation. Honorary degree recipients are recognized for contributions in such areas as public service, education and scholarship, creative and performing arts, and for work within the McMaster community. Dr. Gauldie's award recognizes his work as a pioneer in gene therapeutics and his role as an international expert in the molecular forces at play in inflammation and immunity.
Thomas Hawke (posted July 2011)
Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship
Dr. Tom Hawke has been named the recipient of the internationally renowned Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship. This German fellowship foundation is similar to a Rhodes Scholarship, however, where Rhodes solely brings people to Oxford, the Humboldt Foundation sponsors researchers to come to Germany or sends German scholars around the world.
About the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Alexander von Humboldt was a discoverer and cosmopolitan, a fighter for the freedom of research, a humanist and a patron of excellent academic talent. Shortly after his death, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for Nature Research and Travel was established in 1860. Until it lost its endowment capital in the inflation of 1923, it essentially provided support for German scientists setting off on research journeys to other countries. The objective was to use international exchange in the spirit of Humboldt to overcome boundaries and promote universal understanding. A new Alexander von Humboldt Foundation was established by the German Reich in 1925. Its main purpose was now to support foreign students and later academics and doctoral candidates during their stay in Germany. In 1945, the Foundation ceased functioning. Today’s Alexander von Humboldt Foundation was established by the Federal Republic of Germany on 10 December 1953, partly at the behest of former Humboldt guest researchers. Mutual understanding, coupled with academic freedom and excellence have remained the Humboldt Foundation's creed to this day. There are more than 25,000 Humboldt Scholars ('Humboldtians') throughout the world, including 44 Nobel Laureates. [More]
Canadian Laboratory Medicine Congress (posted June 2011)
The Canadian Association of Pathologists and the Canadian Association of Clinical Chemists met together in Vancouver at the recent Canadian Laboratory Medicine Congress where department members received several awards and appointments.
Dr Peter Kavsak — Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists Award for Excellence in Research.
Dr Steven Hill — Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists Award for Excellence in Education.
Dr Etienne Mahe won the Donald W Penner Poser Award for best poster by a resident for his project Intraoperative Frozen Section Consultation in HRLMP: A Quality Assurance Study.
Dr Vina Alexopoulou was elected as the new President of the Canadian Association of Pathologists.
Dr Cathy Ross was appointed Secretary of the CAP patient safety and quality assurance section.
Jack Gauldie (posted June 9, 2011)
McMaster Lifetime Innovator Award
Dr. Gauldie was one of two faculty members chosen as recipients of the 2011 McMaster Innovator Awards (the other was Mick Bhatia, an associate member with the department - McMaster Innovator of the Year).
These awards recognize researchers who contribute to McMaster University's ongoing efforts to build a culture of innovation, commercialization and entrepreneurship by creating a product or service to transfer their research discoveries and inventions to society. (more)
Annual Resident Research Day in
Laboratory Medicine (posted May 16, 2011)
All Specialities - Original Research -
Best Paper Presentation (Platform)
1st: Ashwyn Rajagopalan, AP PGY4
2nd: Li Wang MB PGY3
Anatomical & General Pathology -
Best Case Report/Series Presentation
1st: Radenka Bozanovic, AP PGY4
2nd: Miranda Schell, AP PGY2
Laboratory Medicine Best Resident Poster (includes all specialties)
1st: Lori Edwards, AP PGY4
2nd: Leena Narsinghani, GP PGY3
3rd: Jocelyn Srigley, MM PGY4
Fellowship Program (includes all specialties) -
Best Paper Presentation (Platform OR Poster)
Kristin Hauff, CC Fellow
Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine (HRLMP) Award
— Presented by Dr. V. Alexopoulou
Etienne Maha, AP PGY3
Chris Verschoor (posted May 6, 2011)
Michael G. DeGroote
Post doctoral fellow Chris began his postdoctoral fellowhip at McMaster in August of 2010, under the supervision of Dr. Dawn Bowdish. He completed his PhD in July 2010 at the University of Guelph's Department of Animal and Poultry Science. His research will focus on the age-related deterioration of teh immune systems (immunosene-scence) and the susceptibility of the elderly to Streptococcus pneumoniae infection.
Lori Edwards (posted March 7, 2011)
Stowell Orbison Award for Best Poster
PGY4 Anatomical Pathology resident Lori presented her collaborative project: Characterization of B-cell Lymphoma Unclassifiable with features Intermediate between Diffuse large B cell Lymphoma and Burkitt's Lymphoma: A ten year retrospective review (L Edwards, V Bhagirath, E Krakow, C Keng, A Lytwyn, C Ross, L Thebane, E Cheng, M Sur) at the 100th Annual United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology Conference Feb 26th- March 4th 2011, San Antonio, Texas and won Best Project Presentation, competing with over 250 other projects in this category .
Mark Loeb (posted February 24, 2011)
Lancet Paper of the Year 2010
Between Jan 18 and Jan 31, Lancet readers voted for the
research paper published in 2010 that they felt was most
likely to influence practice and research. Mark Loeb and colleagues’
study of the effect of influenza vaccination in children
on community infection rates won with 38% of the
vote. Full article
Dawn Bowdish (posted January 27, 2011)
Pfizer Canada Young Investigator Award
This past year Pfizer Canada established a North American research award for young investigators looking at developing data for Linezolid (an antibiotic that inhibits protein synthesis). Fifteen submissions were received from across North America (three from Canada) and Dr. Bowdish received one of three prizes awarded, for her project: Intranasal administration of Linezolid to prevent seasonal post-influenza pneumococcal pneumonia in the elderly.
McMaster Daily News
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario 2010/2011 Grants
(posted December 2010)
McMaster University ranked third out of twenty-four institutions that received grants from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario:
|University Health Network
|University of Toronto
Our department faculty were directly awarded a combined total of $1,074,031 and our faculty who collaborated with PIs from other departments received $582,027. Congratulations to all.
Dr. Richard C. Austin, Dr. Luke J. Janssen, Dr. Colin A. Nurse, Dr. Bernardo L. Trigatti, Dr. Peter L. Gross, Dr. Suleiman A. Igdoura. Identification and characterization of novel and therapeutic strategies that decrease atherothrombotic disease (Program Grant)
Dr. Catherine P. Hayward, Dr. Bradley W. Doble. Functions of multimerin 1 as a platelet adhesive protein
Dr. Guillaume Pare, Dr. Sonia Anand, Dr. Salim Yusuf, Dr. Martin J. O'Donnell, Dr. Changchun Xie. Under-standing the contribution of genetic variants to stroke risk in a multi-ethnic population: the interstroke genetics study
Dr. Stephen G. Shaughnessy, Dr. Edward Young. Mechanism(s) of low molecular weight heparin-induced bone loss
Dr. William P. Sheffield Exploring engineered serpins as potential antithrombotic agents
Dr. William P. Sheffield Transforming hirudin into an activatable, clot-localized thrombin inhibitor
Dr. Theodore E. Warkentin Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia
Dr. Sonia Anand, Dr. Daniel Gaudet, Dr. Joseph Beyene, Dr. James C Engert, Dr. Changchun Xi, Dr. Guillaume Pare. Genome wide association study of metabolic syndrome traits among south Asians
Dr. Mark A. Crowther, Dr. Deborah J. Cook, Dr. Theodore E. Warkentin. HITEC (Heparin induced thrombocytopenia evaluation in critical care) - Renewal
Dr. John W.A. Eikelboom, Dr. Deborah J. Cook, Dr. Jeffrey I. Weitz,Dr. Hertzel C. Gerstein, Dr. Matthew J. McQueen, Dr. Philip J. Devereaux, Dr. Lehana Thabane, Dr. Zubin Punthakee, Dr. Stephen A. Hill, Dr. Peter A. Kavsak. Thrombotic mechanisms as predictors of Vascular events In non-cardiac Surgery patIents cohOrt evaluatioN (ThromboVISION)
Dr. Lori-Ann Linkins, Dr. Shannon M. Bates, Dr. Theodore E. Warkentin, Dr. Agnes Y.Y. Lee, Mrs. Nancy M. Heddle, Ms. Yang Liu. Evaluation of a diagnostic strategy for patients with suspected heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT)
Dr. Koon K. Teo, Dr. Sonia Anand, Dr. Salim Yusuf, Dr. Matthew J. McQueen, Ms. Janice M. Pogue, Dr. Stephanie A. Atkinson, Dr. Katherine M. Morrison, Dr. Sarah D. McDonald, Dr. Guillaume Pare, Dr. Jacqueline M. Bourgeois. Early life origins of obesity and obesity-related disorders- the family cohort
Dr. Richard C. Austin Role of endoplasmic reticulum stress in atherothrombotic disease
Dr. Catherine P. Hayward Studies of novel platelet secretory proteins
John Bienenstock (posted October 2010)
The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame has announced that Dr. John Bienenstock is one of six medical heroes to be inducted into Canada’s 2011 Hall of Fame at the Induction Ceremony to be held on April 28, 2011. Dr. Bienenstock is being inducted in the category of Excellence in Health Research.
Dr. Bienenstock will join the ranks of the 82 Hall of Fame laureates who have gone before them in receiving this prestigious national honour.
The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame was established in 1994, and is the world’s only national Hall of Fame dedicated to celebrating medical heroes. By creating an enduring tribute to those men and women who through discovery and innovation have contributed to better health in Canada and the world, The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame inspires the pursuit of careers in the health sciences fostering future innovators and leaders. [More]
Research Infrastructure Awards (posted August 2010)
Dr. Hawke is
studying the effects of diabetes on the capacity for young muscle to grow and to repair itself following injury. His work is expected to lead to improved treatments for a disease that affects people’s quality of life and life expectancy.
Dr. Bowdish is working to develop immunomodulators, drugs that defend against disease by stimulating the body's white blood cells. This research holds the potential for fighting infectious diseases, overcoming antibiotic resistant bacteria and for treating cancer.
Early Research Award
Dr. Peter Kavsak is investigating how to do it within the first 90 minutes in the emergency room. The time savings would get heart attack victims the care they need faster, potentially saving lives.
Global Leadership Round in Genomics and Life Sciences
Dr. Mick Bhatia will focus on identifying methods to activate the regenerative process of stem cells and developing new medicines to repair the damage done by cancer and other diseases.
Dr. Mark Loeb (posted June 29, 2010)
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Award
Mark Loeb's Dengue Population Genetics Program award has been officially announced by NIH.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) supports research related to the basic understanding of microbiology and immunology leading to the development of vaccines, therapeutics, and medical diagnostics for the prevention, treatment, and diagnosis of infectious and immune-mediated diseases. The NIAID, Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation, has a requirement for research focused on human genetic variations that correlate with inter-individual differences in the immune response to infection by, or vaccination against, one or more emerging or re-emerging infectious human pathogens.
Waliul Khan (posted June 29, 2010)
CIHR New Investigator Award
Dr. Khan has been selected for the prestigious CIHR New Investigator Award. Dr Khan received this award for his research program on the interaction between immune and endocrine systems in gut in relation to inflammation and host defense.
Charu Kaushic (posted June 11, 2010)
J Christian Herr Award
Dr. Kaushic, Assistant Professor with our Molecular Medicine division, was recently presented with the prestigious J. Christian Herr award.
This award is given annually to a member of the American Society for Reproductive Immunology or
the International Society for Immunology of Reproduction, typically in
the first 10–15 years beyond accepting a faculty position, who has made outstanding
achieve-ments in basic or applied research in reproductive immunology, particularly for
investigators involved in technology transfer. The J. Christian Herr award was
established by a past president of the ASRI to acknowledge the dedication of his father
to invention, innovation and entrepreneurship through decades of volunteerism in the
Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE), a program of the Small Business
Administration. The spirit of the award may be found in the words of Louis Pasteur, ‘‘There is no true distinction between fundamental and applied science, there is only
science in the cause of humankind.’’
Guillaume Paré (posted March 29, 2010)
Dr. Paré, Assistant Professor and Director of the Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology Laboratory, was officially awarded a new Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Genetic and Molecular
Manel Jordana (posted March 29, 2010)
Dr. Jordana, Professor and Head of the Respiratory Diseases and Allergy Division has received notice of the renewal of his Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Immunobiology of Respiratory Diseases and Allergy
Dawn Bowdish & Tom Hawke (posted December 2009)
Canada Foundation for Innovation's (CFI) Leaders Opportunity Fund
Dr. Bowdish and Dr. Hawke were both recipients two of nine projects awarded $1.9M in funding from Canada Foundation for Innovation's (CFI) Leaders Opportunity Fund.(details)
Ministry of Research and Innovation
Ontario Research Fund–Research Infrastructure program (posted November 2009)
Making Discoveries with Stem Cell Research
Infrastructure to Study the Interactions Between Immune and Endocrine Systems in the Gut in the Context of Intestinal Pathophysiology and Host
Dr. Draper and Dr. Khan are lead researchers in two of 18 research projects in which Ontario has invested in at McMaster University as part of a broader $268-million provincewide investment that will support 214 projects and more than 3,300 researchers in 14 cities, and help to create and preserve more than 1,300 construction jobs over the next four years across the province. [official notice]
David Groves (posted October 2009)
Canadian College of Microbiologists
Distinguished Microbiologist Award
Emeritus Professor Dr. Groves recently received the Distinguished Microbiologist Award in recognition of his outstanding professional contributions in the field of microbiology in Canada in the areas of research, teaching and involvement in the Canadian College of Microbiologists and other professional societies.
Ari Shali (posted June 2009)
Ari Shali Teaching Award
We would like to recognize the success of Dr. Ari Shali who has been awarded consecutively for the past eight years with the David Carr Teaching Award for the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. The recipient of this award is chosen annually by the graduating class for outstanding dedication and commitment to MD student education. The Class of 2009 elected to honor Dr. Shali’s tireless efforts by formally re-naming this teaching award to the Ari Shali Teaching Award, and it was at this year’s convocation the recipient of the first annual Ari Shali Teaching Award was given to Dr. Andrea Hunter.
Mohamed Karmali (posted April 2009)
2009 BD Award for Research in Clinical Microbiology
Dr. Karmali has been named the receipient of the BD Award for Research in Clinical Microbiology from the American Society for Microbiology for his groundbraking studies that have improved understanding and diagnosis across many medical fields.
Waliul Khan (posted April 2009)
CFI-Leaders Opportunity Fund
Dr. Khan was successful in obtaining CFI-Leaders Opportunity Fund in the recent CFI funding competition for infrastructure that will allow for the study of interactions between immune and endocrine systems in the gut in the context of intestinal pathophysiology and host defense.
CIHR Operating Gant
Dr. Khan was awarded an Operating Grant (for the period of 2009-2014) in the recent CIHR competition for his project “Immuno-endocrine interaction in gut-role in inflammation and host defense”.
Anita Bane &
Andrew Don-Wauchope (posted Dec 2008)
NIF October 2008 competition
Anita Bane and Andrew Don-Wachoupe have received funding in the NIF October competition for their respective research projects:
Breast Cancer Stem Cells. Anita Bane, John Hassell, Mark Levine and Tim Whelan.
Biochemical Markers of Fatty Liver. Can we easily identify patients at risk? Andrew Don-Wauchope, Joe Macri, Hala El Zimaity and Alison Holloway.