Awards & Achievements
2017:  AwardsGrants | Publications |  
2016:  AwardsGrants | Publications |

2017 AWARDS 

FACULTY MEMBERS

Dr. Francis Amara
Teaching Award, 2015-16 Manitoba Medical Students’ Association (MMSA) (February)

Dr. Jim Davie
Researcher of the Month, Canadians for Health Research (CHR) (April)

Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg
2017 Founders Award, Clinical Genetics and Metabolic Disorders (February)

Dr. Sandra Marles
Teaching award nominee for “Inspiration”, UGME Med I Class 2019 (April)

Dr. Tamra Ogilvie
Science, Technology and Research Nominee, 2017 YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Awards (April)
Successful Renewal of CRC, Tier 2 (May)

Dr. Jeff Wigle
Teaching award for “Inspiration”, Class of 2019 (April)


GRADUATE STUDENTS & POST DOCTORAL FELLOWS

  • UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP 
    • Angela Krutish, MSc - Genetic Counseling Program

  • PRESIDENT'S GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP IN HUMAN GENETICS
    • Sasha Blant, PhD student with Dr. Trevor Pemberton

  • RESEARCH MANITOBA 2017
    • Fadumo Osman, MSc student with Dr. Jim Davie
    • Amandeep Singh, MSc student with Dr. Spencer Gibson
    • Jamie Zagozewski, Post Doctoral Fellow with Dr. Tamra Ogilvie
  • SHEU L. LEE FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP IN ONCOLOGY
    • Lisa Liang, PhD student with Dr. Tamra Ogilvie

  • AMERICAN GASROENTEROLOGICAL ASSOCIATION DIGESTIVE DISEASE WEEK
    • Dr. Svetlana Frenkel, Post Doctoral Fellow with Dr. Pingzhao Hu
      • Poster of Distinction Award

  • 19th ANNUAL RESEARCH DAY
    • Laura Thompson, PhD student with Dr. Kirk McManus
      • 3rd Place, Basic Science Poster
      • Arnold Portigal Award
    • Lisa Liang, PhD student with Dr. Tamra Ogilvie
      • 1st Place, Basic Science Oral Presentation
    • Lucile Jeusset, PhD student with Dr. Kirk McManus
      • 2nd Place, Basic Science Oral Presentation
      • Best Cell Biology Oral Presentation
    • Lexi Ciapala, MSc student with Dr. Spencer Gibson
      • 3rd Place, Basic Science Oral Presentation

  • NSERC CANADA GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP - MASTERS
    • Amandeep Singh, MSc student with Dr. Spencer Gibson
  • FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES TRAVEL AWARD
    • Anna Blankstein, MSc student with Dr. Spencer Gibson
  • UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA - THREE-MINUTE THESIS
    • Lexi Ciapala, MSc student with Dr. Spencer Gibson
      • Second-Place Winner
  • NANCIE J. MAURO GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP IN ONCOLOGY RESEARCH
    • Lisa Liang, PhD student with Dr. Tamra Ogilvie

  • UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA - THREE-MINUTE THESIS 
    • Lexi Ciapala, MSc student with Dr. Spencer Gibson
      • Finalist
    • Miriam Derksen, MSc student with Dr. Spencer Gibson
      • Finalist
  • INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENT ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIP
    • Fadumo Osman, MSc student with Dr. Jim Davie

Faculty Research Grant Recipients:

  • Dr. Jim Davie (NSERC - April). "Histone arginine methylation and transcriptionally active chromosomal domains". $140,000.
  • Dr. Barb Triggs-Raine (NSERC - April). "Characterization of HYAL2 and non-HYAL2 dependent pathways of hyaluronan degradation". $200,000.
  • Dr. Pingzhao Hu (NSERC CREATE - April). "Visual and automated disease analytics". 2017-2023
  • Dr. Tamra Werbowetski-Ogilvie (CIHR Bridge - May). "Characterization of novel OTX2-semaphorin gene signaling pathways regulating the "grow and go" arms of highly aggressive medulloblastomas”". $100,000.

2016 AWARDS 

FACULTY MEMBERS

Dr. Versha Banerji
New Investigator Award, Research Manitoba (June)

Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg
Medal of Honour, Rx&D Health Research Foundation (HRF) (November)

Dr. Pingzhao Hu
Developed a graph-based algorithm to identify recurrent copy number variations and use it to discover young-specific breast cancer susceptibility genes and inflammatory bowel disease risk genes.

Dr. Etienne Leygue
Promotion to Professor (March)

Dr. Kirk McManus
Tenure (March)
Merit Award for Combination of Teaching, Service, and/or Research, Scholarly Work & Other Creative Activities, University of Manitoba (April)
2016 Graduate Student's Association (GSA) Teaching Award, University of Manitoba (September)

Dr. Mark Nachtigal
Director, Interdisciplinary Health Program (IHP) in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences (December)

Dr. Louise Simard
Extension to appointment as Department Head, extended to September 30, 2018 (May)

Dr. Tamra Werbowetski-Ogilvie
2017 Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier II nomination in Neuro-oncoloy and human stem cells

GRADUATE STUDENTS & POST DOCTORAL FELLOWS 

  • CIHR TRAVEL AWARD
    • Chen (Selina) Chi, MSc student with Dr. Pingzhao

  • 12th ANNUAL CHILD HEALTH RESEARCH DAY
    • Bronze Medalist
      • Margaret Stromecki, MSc student with Dr. Tamra Ogilvie
     
  • CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF MANITOBA
    •  NeuroDevNet Conference 2016 Travel Award
      • Shayan Amiri, MSc student with Dr. Mojgan Rastegar
      • Shervin Pejhan, MSc student with Dr. Mojgan Rastegar
         
  • BMG DEPARTMENTAL AWARDS

    • Human Genetics Endowment Fund
      • Lisa Liang, PhD student with Dr. Tamra Ogilvie

    • Mindel Rady Olenick Fellowship in Human Genetics
      • Laura Thompson, PhD student with Dr. Kirk McManus

    • Phyllis J. McAlpine Graduate Fellowship
      • Alexandra (Sasha) Blant, PhD student with Dr. Trevor Pemberton
      • Chen (Selina) Chi, MSc student with Dr. Pingzhao Hu

  • RESEARCH MANITOBA STUDENTSHIP WINNERS

    • Anna Blankstein, MSc student with Dr. Spencer Gibson (declined)
    • Ifeoluwa Adewumi, MSc student with Dr. Jim Davie
    • Laura Thompson, PhD student with Dr. Kirk McManus (declined)
    • Lisa Liang, PhD student with Dr. Tamra Ogilvie
    • Lucile Jeusset, MSc student with Dr. Kirk McManus
    • Nicole Wilkinson, MSc student with Drs. Mike Mowat and Kirk McManus
    • Shayan Amiri, MSc student with Dr. Mojgan Rastegar

  • MANITOBA HEALTH RESEARCH FORUM
      
    • Health Sciences Graduate Student Association Poster Award
      • Anna Blankstein, MSc student with Dr. Spencer Gibson

    •  Dean of Medicine Poster Award
      • Margaret Stromecki, MSc student with Dr. Tamra Ogilvie

    • Manitoba Medical Services Foundation Poster Award
      • Lisa Liang, PhD student with Dr. Tamra Ogilvie

    • Honourable Mentions
      • Lucile Jeusset, MSc student with Dr. Kirk McManus
      • Erin McAndrew, MSc student with Dr. Kirk McManus
      • Ifeoluwa Adewumi, MSc student with Dr. Jim Davie

  • CANADA GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP - MASTER'S
    • Anna Blankstein, MSc student with Dr. Spencer Gibson

  • CBC MANITOBA TOP 40 UNDER 40
    • Lisa Liang, PhD student with Dr. Tamra Ogilvie
      • Nominee

  • CANADIAN NEURO-ONCOLOGY TRAVEL AWARD
    • Ravinder Kaur, PhD student with Dr. Tamra Ogilvie
  • CAROLYN COPE ONCOLOGY AWARD
    • Lisa Liang, PhD student with Dr. Tamra Ogilvie

  • EMERGING LEADER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA AWARD 
    • Laura Thompson, PhD student with Dr. Kirk McManus

  • EMIL & LYNETTE HAIN ONCOLOGY AWARD
    • Laura Thompson, PhD student with Dr. Kirk McManus

  • MANITOBA MEDICAL SERVICES FOUNDATION RESEARCH AWARD
    • Fahmida Jahan, MSc graduate with Dr. Jeff Wigle

  • MINDEL AND TOM OLENICK RESEARCH STUDENTSHIP IN MEDICINE
    • Chen Chi, MSc student with Dr. Pingzhao Hu

  • MOST PROMISING LIFE SCIENCES STUDENT AWARD 
    • Laura Thompson, PhD student with Dr. Kirk McManus

  • NANCIE J. MAURO SCHOLARSHIP IN ONCOLOGY RESEARCH
    • Laura Thompson, PhD student with Dr. Kirk McManus

  • NEURODEVNET CONFERENCE TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP
    • Shayan Amiri, MSc student with Dr. Mojgan Rastegar
    • Shervin Pejhan, MSc student with Dr. Mojgan Rastegar
  • NSERC POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS - DOCTORAL
    • Sasha Blant, PhD student with Dr. Trevor Pemberton
    • Laura Thompson, PhD student with Dr. Kirk McManus

  • PRESIDENT'S GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP IN HUMAN GENETICS
    • Yasamin Asbaghi, MSc student with Dr. Kirk McManus

  • RIOH RESEARCH DAY AWARDS

    • Erin McAndrew, MSc student with Dr. Kirk McManus
      • 2nd Place - Oral Basic Presentation

    • Nicole Wilkinson, MSc student with Drs. Mike Mowat & Kirk McManus
      • Winner - Arnold Portigal Award
      • 2nd Place - Poster Basic

    • Eric Bouchard, MSc student with Drs. Versha Banerji & Spencer Gibson
      • 3rd Place - Poster Basic

  • SHEU L. LEE FAMILTY SCHOLARSHIP IN ONCOLOGY RESEARCH
    • Erin McAndrew, MSc student with Dr. Kirk McManus
    • Laura Thompson, PhD student with Dr. Kirk McManus

  • TILL & McCULLOCH ABSTRACT COMPETITION
    • Lisa Liang, PhD student with Dr. Tamra Ogilvie
      • This award also includes a Stem Cell Network Travel Award
  • TRANSCRIPTIONAL & METABOLIC REPROGRAMMING IN CANCER CONFERENCE
    • Kiran Sharma, Post Doctoral Fellow with Dr. Jim Davie
      • Kiran received the only travel grant available to present her poster!
  • FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES TRAVEL AWARD WINNERS
    • Margaret Stromecki, MSc student with Dr. Tamra Ogilvie
    • Lisa Liang, PhD student with Dr. Tamra Ogilvie
    • Lucile Jeusset, MSc student with Dr. Kirk McManus
    • Ravinder Kaur, PhD student with Dr. Tamra Ogilvie
    • Yasamin Asbaghi, MSc student with Dr. Kirk McManus
    • Chen Chi, MSc student with Dr. Pingzhao Hu
    • Sasha Blant, PhD student with Dr. Trevor Pemberton

  • INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENT ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIP
    • Ifeoluwa Adewumi, MSc student with Dr. Jim Davie
    • Shayan Amiri, MSc student with Dr. Mojgan Rastegar
  GRANTS  
  • Faculty Research Grant Recipients:
    • Dr. Mojgan Rastegar (International Rett Syndrome Foundation). "Investigating the molecular mechanisms of MeCP2 isoform-specific regulation in brain cells". $100,000 USD
    • Dr. Barbara Triggs-Raine (Glyconet - January). "Pathogenesis of, and therapeutic approaches for, hyaluronidase 2 (HYAL2) deficiency". $75,000.
    • Dr. Mark Nachtigal (University of Manitoba - January). "Investigating chromosomal instability in ovarian cancer stem cells". $25,000.
    • Dr, Mark Nachtigal (University of Manitoba's University Collaborative Research Program (UCRP) - January). "Investigating chromosomal instability in ovarian cancer stem cells". $25,000.
    • Dr. Mark Nachtigal (Investor's Group - March). "Testing lipid-based therapy for drug-resistant ovarian cancer". $1,000.
    • Dr. Gilbert Arthur (University of Manitoba - May). "Susceptibility of pancreatic cells to GAELs in relation to cellular rates of macropinocytosis and autophagy". $7,250.
    • Dr. Mojgan Rastegar (Ontario Rett Syndrome Association – July). "MeCP2 mutation and Rett syndrome; Investigating the brain-specific molecular signature of murine and human RTT brain". $25,000.
    • Dr. Jim Davie (NSERC - July). "Protein arginine methyltransferases and transcriptionally active chromosomal domains". $29,000.
    • Dr. Hao Ding (NSERC - July). "Function of RTEL1 in protecting the heritable genome in spermatogonial stem cells". $29,000.
    • Dr. Mojgan Rastegar (NSERC – July). "Gene regulatory network of neural stem cells: Implicating the role of MeCP2 isoforms". $145,000.
    • Dr. Trevor Pemberton (CHF - July). "Identification of a modifier locus for cystic kidney disease in the rat". $39,097.
    • Dr. Tamra Ogilvie (CHF - July). "Delineating to OTX2 regulatory network: Targeting the "grow and go" arms of the most aggressive medulloblastomas". $50,000.
    • Dr. Mojgan Rastegar (CHF - July). "Investigating the potential application of an FDA-approved drug for Rett Syndrome". $40,000.
    • Dr. Spencer Gibson (CIHR - July). "Targeting the regulation of subtypes of autophagy in cell survival and death to develop novel treatment strategies for glioblastoma". $100,000.
    • Dr. Ab Chudley (Innovation, Energy and Mines - August). "Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) research". $9,000.
    • Dr. Jim Davie (Innovation, Energy and Mines - August). "Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) research". $9,000. 
PUBLICATIONS

Dr. Ronald Beavis

Dr. Jim Davie

Dr. Spencer Gibson

Dr. Pingzhao Hu

Dr. Dave Merz

Dr. Michael Mowat

 Dr. Leigh Murphy

Dr. Louise Simard

Dr. Barbara Triggs-Raine

Dr. Jeff Wigle