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Key dates

Mon. June 13, 2022

Time Brodie Atrium
09:00 - 13:30 Manitoba Health Research Poster Competition

Tues. June 14, 2022

Time Frederic Gaspard Theatre Joe Doupe Concourse Off campus
(location TBA)
11:00 - 12:00 Drewry lecture    
12:00 - 13:30   Drewry luncheon  
14:00 - 16:30 Career development workshop    
19:00 - 23:00     National welcome/orientation reception and social evening (organized by HSGSA)

Weds. June 15, 2022

Time Frederic Gaspard Theatre Brodie Atrium Joe Doupe Concourse Brodie Mezzanine Off campus
(locations TBA)
08:00 - 09:00         National student breakfast (Canad Inns gift card)
09:00 - 11:30   National research poster presentation   Health sciences career fair Student tours
11:30 - 12:00   National research poster presentation Luncheon Health sciences career fair Student tours
12:00 - 15:00   National research poster presentation   Health sciences career fair Student tours
15:00 - 15:30       Health sciences career fair Student tours
15:30 - 17:00 National Microbiology Lab virtual tour        
17:00 - 18:00 Lindau lecture        
19:30 - 23:00         Social evening at the Forks (organized by HSGSA)

Thurs. June 16, 2022

Time Frederic Gaspard Theatre Brodie Atrium Joe Doupe Concourse Off campus
(location TBA)
08:00 - 09:00     Symposium check-in and breakfast  
09:00 - 12:00 Gairdner symposium      
12:00 - 14:00   Luncheon and poster session    
14:00 - 16:30 Gairdner symposium      
16:30 - 17:15 National awards ceremony      
17:15 - 18:30        
18:30 - 22:00       Social evening (organized by HSGSA)

Fri. June 17, 2022

Time BSMB
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216 - 218
J. Hildes Concourse Off campus
(locations TBA)
08:00 - 09:00             National Student Breakfast (Canad Inns gift card)
09:00 - 10:15 Small group session - Dr. Bhutta Small group session - Dr. Blanchard Small group session - Dr. Josselyn Small group session - Dr. Lupien Small group session - Dr. Rossant    
10:15 - 10:45           Coffee break  
10:45 - 12:00 Small group session - Dr. Bhutta Small group session - Dr. Blanchard Small group session - Dr. Josselyn Small group session - Dr. Lupien Small group session - Dr. Rossant    

Mon. June 20, 2022

Time Frederic Gaspard Theatre
10:00 - 11:00 Manitoba Awards Ceremony

For your convenience, we have provided the agenda as a PDF in addition to the day-by-day schedules.

Agenda (PDF)

Gairdner Symposium

This year we are pleased to offer the Gairdner Symposium both in-person and virtually.

Please select your preferred method of attendance when you register.

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Overview

As the global health community continues to strive to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in health, there is a strong emphasis on improving equity in health outcomes and ensuring that health systems and programs “leave no one behind”.

Progress has been made in many areas, and science has contributed substantially by providing evidence and new biomedical breakthroughs to improve health outcomes.

However, as the global COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted, there remain substantial gaps in the application of public health science to improve outcomes, particularly for those who are socially and economically disadvantaged and living in contexts with weak public health systems.

As scientists from Canada and the global research community seek to meet these challenges, there is a need to move to transdisciplinary research models, whereby complex public health challenges are addressed by collaborative groups of researchers from diverse disciplines working closely with affected communities, public health programs, and global health  institutions.

To achieve this, academic institutions and funding organizations will need to make fundamental changes to how they function.

This presentation will focus on these challenges, with a focus on charting a new course for fulfilling the academic mission in global public health.

Biography

Dr. Blanchard is an epidemiologist and public health specialist focusing on global health.

He received an MD from the University of Manitoba (UM) and an MPH and PhD in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University.

He is a professor and the executive director of UM’s Institute for Global Public Health and holds a Canada Research Chair in Epidemiology and Global Public Health.

His research focuses on how the characteristics of individuals, communities and large populations contribute to the local and global distribution of communicable and non-communicable diseases.

Over the past 25 years he has also provided leadership to the design and implementation of large public health programs related to sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS and maternal, neonatal and child health in Canada, India, other Asian countries and Africa.

He is actively engaged with policy makers and public health leaders to translate scientific knowledge and approaches to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of public health programs, with an emphasis on improving the health of disadvantaged populations.

  • Portrait of Zulfiqar Bhutta.
  • Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta

    Global child and adolescent health: Current challenges and opportunities for action

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Overview

The challenges to global child and adolescent health are more important than ever.

Dr. Bhutta will outline and discuss current trends and progress in global child and adolescent survival and health and explain key determinants of child health and issues in the Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals transition.

Dr. Bhutta has tried to address some of the equity and evidence gaps around the “First Thousand Days” of life through implementation research and effectiveness studies and explains the key opportunities for accelerating progress in child and adolescent health today in the context of relevant Sustainable Development Goals.

Biography

Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta is the founding director of the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health and the Institute of Global Health and Development, the Aga Khan University, as well as the Inaugural Robert Harding Chair in Global Child Health, and Co-Director of SickKids’ Centre for Global Child Health.

He holds adjunct professorships at several Schools of Public Health including Johns Hopkins University, Harvard, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Dr. Bhutta leads large research groups based in Toronto, Karachi and Nairobi focused on, scaling up evidence-based community interventions, and implementing reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health interventions in humanitarian settings.

He is a fellow of the Royal Society, the 2021 IHME Roux Prize recipient for significant research contributions to women and child health and was awarded the John Dirks Canada Gairdner 2022 Global Health Award, one of the most prestigious global health awards.

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Overview

Understanding how the brain uses information is a fundamental goal of neuroscience.

Several human disorders (ranging from autism spectrum disorder to PTSD to Alzheimer’s disease) may stem from disrupted information processing. Therefore, this basic knowledge is not only critical for understanding normal brain function, but also vital for the development of new treatment strategies for these disorders.

Memory may be defined as the retention over time of internal representations gained through experience, and the capacity to reconstruct these representations at later times. Long-lasting physical brain changes (‘engrams’) are thought to encode these internal representations.

The concept of a physical memory trace likely originated in ancient Greece, although it wasn’t until 1904 that Richard Semon first coined the term ‘engram’. Despite its long history, finding a specific engram has been challenging, likely because an engram is encoded at multiple levels (epigenetic, synaptic, cell assembly).

My lab is interested in understanding how specific neurons are recruited or allocated to an engram, and how neuronal membership in an engram may change over time or with new experience.

Here I will describe both older and new unpublished data in our efforts to understand memories in mice.

Biography

Dr. Sheena Josselyn is a senior scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and a professor in the departments of psychology and physiology at the University of Toronto. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Brain Mechanisms underlying Memory and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

She earned undergraduate degrees in psychology and life sciences and a master’s degree in clinical psychology at Queen’s University. She received a PhD in neuroscience/psychology from the University of Toronto and conducted post-doctoral work at Yale University and UCLA.

Dr. Josselyn’s awards include the Innovations in Psychopharmacology Award from the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology and the Effron Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

Dr. Josselyn is interested in understanding how the brain encodes, stores and uses information. Her primary model organism is mice. However, several human disorders (ranging from autism spectrum disorder to Alzheimer’s disease) may stem from disrupted information processing. Therefore, this basic knowledge in mice is not only critical for understanding normal brain function, but also vital for the development of new treatment strategies for these disorders.

  • Dr. Mathieu Lupien

    How to find genetic drivers across the cancer genome to guide precision medicine 

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  • Portrait of Mathieu Lupien.

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Overview

Conquering cancer lies in fulfilling the promise of precision treatment medicine. The latter relies on identifying treatment options designed against the unique disease phenotype of a patient’s cancer.

The characterization of cancer phenotypes to guide clinical decisions in hard-to-treat tumours relies primarily on genetic profiling to find genetic variants such as mutations and inherited single-nucleotide polymorphisms that define cancer drivers.

However, this approach has yielded actionable targets for less than 30% of tumours. This low success stems from a primary focus on identifying cancer driver within gene, despite coding sequences accounting for less than 2% of the human genome.

Here we present novel approaches to find novel cancer drivers by mining the non-coding genome. Furthermore, we demonstrate that cancer not only relies on genetic variants but also on chromatin variants that change the “active” versus “inactive” nature of small DNA sequences.

Collectively, we present the framework to accelerate precision treatment medicine by adopting genome-wide methods to find cancer drivers across the coding and non-coding genome taking into account genetic as well as chromatin variants.

Biography

Dr. Mathieu Lupien is a senior scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre where he serves on the senior advisory group and the Research Council on Oncology.

He is also a professor at the University of Toronto and holds a cross-appointment with the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research.

Dr. Lupien’s research in chromatin and epigenetics has pioneered the study of the non-coding genome to identify the genetic determinants of oncogenesis and accelerate the development of chromatin and epigenetic-based precision medicine designed for cancer patients.

Dr. Lupien is a recipient of the Mona Gauthier Award, the Canadian Cancer Society Bernard and Francine Dorval Award for Excellence, is a two-time recipient of the Till and McCulloch Discovery of the Year award, a three-time recipient of the Investigator Award from the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research and co-founder of the CoBE ecosystem.

Dr. Lupien earned his PhD in experimental medicine at McGill University and carried out postdoctoral training in medical oncology as an Era of Hope fellow at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School, followed by a PLDA at Harvard Business School.

  • Portrait of Janet Rossant.
  • Dr. Janet Rossant

    Human embryos and stem cell-derived embryo models: The 14 day rule and beyond? 

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Overview

New science brings new ethical and regulatory challenges for research on human embryos and stem cells.

Improved cultures of human blastocysts are reaching stages close to gastrulation, challenging the long existing rule banning culture of human embryos beyond 14 days.

Is there a justification for an extension? Or can new stem cell-derived embryo models like blastoids and gastruloids replace the need for direct embryo research? Do these models raise their own challenges in terms of emergent properties? These questions, plus issues around interspecies chimeras, germline gene editing and in vitro gametogenesis, are just some of the areas where scientists and society need to work together to promote good science and maintain a clear ethical research framework.

Biography

Dr. Janet Rossant is senior scientist emeritus at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, university professor emeritus at the University of Toronto, and president and scientific director of the Gairdner Foundation.

She is an internationally recognized developmental and stem cell biologist, exploring the biology of the early embryo and its stem cells and their applications to understanding and treating human disease.

She has also been actively involved in ethics and public policy discussions around stem cell research and genetic modifications.

She led the Research Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children from 2005 to 2015.

Dr. Rossant has received many honours and recognition for her work, including seven honorary degrees, and election to the Royal Societies of London and Canada and the US National Academy of Sciences.

In 2018, she received the North American L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Award and in 2021, the ISSCR Achievement Award.

Career development workshop

  • Portrait of Dr. Nana Lee.
  • Nana Lee

    Dr. Lee's interactive professional development session will include reflection, meaningful engagement and storytelling.

Biography

Dr. Nana Lee holds a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Toronto, a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan and was a visiting scholar at Whitehead (Broad) Institute for Biomedical Research, MIT.

Her roles in the biotechnology industry include senior research scientist for Ellipsis Biotherapeutics and senior research scientist, product manager and director of application science for DNA Software Inc.

She currently holds the position of director and assistant professor, teaching stream for both departments of biochemistry and immunology, director of mentorship and Graduate Professional Development (GPD) for Graduate & Life Sciences Education (GLSE), Temerty Faculty of Medicine and the lead for equity, diversity and inclusion committees.

She teaches curriculum-embedded GPD, Introduction to Graduate Studies, Design Thinking for Scientists, Teaching In Higher Education and advises numerous student initiatives.

She has presented to over 3,000 learners at numerous keynotes and conference sessions throughout the USA, Canada and Asia.

 

 

 

Worksheets

Dr. Nana Lee's GPD workshop will includes some paperless interactive activities. Please bring a device that can connect to the internet (laptop, smart phone, iPad, etc.) so that you can complete the worksheets below during the session. If you do not have access to a device, please bring a pen.

Form 1   Form 2

Preparation

To enhance your experience, please complete the individual development plan and bring a resume and cover letter to receive feedback on.

For tips on writing the resume and cover letter, view videos 11 and 12.

Preparation workshops Health Sciences Career Fair

Register for career fair preparation workshops by UM Career Services and other useful workshops in advance of the Health Sciences Career Fair.

Open to competitors in the CSHRF National poster competition, UM students and UM alumni.

  • Option 1: Thursday, June 2, 2022 

    10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 629 9824 5864
    Passcode: 394879

    Register now

     

  • Option 2: Monday, June 6, 2022 

    01:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 651 1106 5691
    Passcode: 082250

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Lectures

  • Simon Gebremeskel
  • Simon Gebremeskel

    Lindau lecture: 
    Natural killer T (NKT) cells

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Overview

Natural killer T (NKT) cells are a rare population of immune-regulatory lymphocytes, which have been implicated in tumour control. However, the benefit of NKT cell activation therapy in metastatic breast cancer remains poorly understood.

The major focus of this work was to examine the potential role of NKT cell activation in a murine model of post-surgical breast cancer metastasis. Following surgical resection of orthotopic 4T1 mammary carcinoma tumours, BALB/c mice were treated with α-GalCer-loaded DCs.

This therapeutic approach decreased tumour burden, prolonged survival, and decreased the frequency and activity of myeloid derived suppressor cells (MDSCs). However, survival was not enhanced by additional DC treatments.

This led us to investigate whether we could augment therapeutic outcomes by combining NKT cell activation with chemotherapy or oncolytic virus therapy, both capable of inducing immunogenic cell death.

Combining cyclophosphamide or gemcitabine with NKT cell activation therapy significantly enhanced survival, with surviving mice exhibiting attenuated tumour growth following a second tumour challenge. Similarly, combining NKT cell activation therapy with oncolytic vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) also significantly enhanced therapeutic outcomes.

Collectively, our findings demonstrate that NKT cell activation therapy as a monotherapy, or in combination with chemo- or viro-therapy, can protect mice from post-surgical breast cancer metastasis.

Biography

Simon Gebremeskel completed a BSCH in life sciences from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, and a PhD in immunology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia under the mentorship of Dr. Brent Johnston. His PhD thesis was focused on developing strategies of activating natural killer T (NKT) cells to target metastatic disease. Simon received several scholarships, including the CIHR doctoral award and the Killam predoctoral award. Since graduating from his PhD in 2018, Simon has spent the past three years working as a scientist in industry, where Simon continues to use his immunology training to advance therapeutic discoveries.

  • Michelle Perner.
  • Michelle Perner

    Drewry lecture: 
    Exploring the vaginal microbiome: Implications for sexual health

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Overview

Dr. Perner's presentation topic was the focus of her PhD project that characterized the vaginal host and bacterial proteome of a large cohort of South African women to understand host-bacterial interactions.

She will also discuss about her two current projects that focus on chemokine microbiome interactions and T cell receptor sequencing of nasal samples from individuals vaccinated for SARS-CoV-2.

Biography

Michelle Perner is currently a postdoctoral fellow under the joint supervision of Drs Lyle McKinnon and Paul McLaren. Her projects are focused on understanding host-bacterial and host-pathogen interactions at mucosal surfaces, focusing on HIV susceptibility in women and T cell receptor sequences and SARS-CoV-2 vaccination.

She joined Dr. Adam Burgener’s lab first as a co-op student in her undergrad, then as a graduate student for her PhD studies. Her PhD work utilized mass-spectrometry based proteomics to characterize the variation of the vaginal microbiome and host protein expression, and then later incorporated cell culture models to further characterize host-bacterial interactions.

National poster presentation

Overview

The National Poster Presentation will take place on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at the University of Manitoba's Bannatyne campus, located at 727 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The deadline for both nomination and registration is March 15, 2022 (midnight, central time).

Eligibility

This event is open to all Canadian students enrolled in a health sciences program at the PhD level. Participation is by nomination only - you must be nominated by a graduate student administrator from your institution. Students from Manitoba will be selected from those participating in the Manitoba Poster Competition.

Consideration will be given to students who:

  • Are graduate students in health sciences (defined as broadly as the CIHR mandate) at a Canadian university
  • Have been nominated by the nomination deadline
  • Have registered by the registration deadline
  • Have submitted their abstract by the registration deadline

Note: We welcome posters from across the breadth of the CIHR mandate.

How to register

To register, follow the steps below. 

Step 1: Ensure your nominator has completed and submitted the nomination form.

Step 2: Download the Abstract Submission Form (PDF) and Photography Release Form (PDF).

Step 3: Cut and paste your abstract into the abstract submission form.

Step 4: Complete the registration form and upload the completed abstract submission form and photography release form.

Step 5: Check your email frequently for updates including speaker information, specific event registration and judging schedules. 

Important: please add srforum@umanitoba.ca to your spam filters to ensure they do not end up in your junk folder.

Format

This event has been planned to take place in person following the format outlined below. Alternative arrangements have been made if this is not possible.

Participants will present a poster (no larger than 4 feet x 4 feet) to showcase their research. 

Poster numbers will be assigned to participants once registration has closed. Participants are invited to mount their poster at their corresponding number upon arrival to the forum and orally present their research to the judges at the scheduled judging time on June 15.

Each participant will be assigned a 15-minute judging slot – 10 minutes for presentation and five minutes for Q&A. Please be sure not to exceed your 10 minutes of presentation time or the judges may not be able to ask all of their questions as the judging schedule is very tight.

Judging criteria

Please keep in mind, the judges are most likely not experts in your specific area of research. The topics covered in this competition are very broad and logistically it would be impossible to provide close expertise for all presenters. However, the judges have been selected based on their success as scientists in their respective fields and their broader knowledge of science. As with any presentation, the audience must be taken into account and the information delivered accordingly.

Participants will be judged on:

  • Organization
  • Clarity of presentation, including:
    • background
    • hypothesis/research question(s)
    • methods (eg. study design and analysis technique)
    • results
    • conclusion
  • Visual appearance of your presentation
  • Defense of results

Award recipients

Awards were presented at the National Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 16, 2022. Congratulations to all the recipients!

Gold poster awards

Stephanie Blandford, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Nojoud Al Fayez, University of British Columbia

Marina Costa Fujishima, University of Manitoba

Erin Grafe, University of Victoria

Heather Hollman, University of Victoria

Rubendren Jamilchelvan, University of Manitoba

Melissa Kleinau, University of Toronto

Vincent Lacasse, McGill University

Harish Ranga Prasad, University of Victoria

Elaine Thai, University of Toronto

Diane Tshikudi, University of Manitoba

Michael Martin VandenBroek, Queen's University


Silver poster awards

Mehdi Amiri, McGill University

Lilit Anonyan, University of Calgary

Courtney Bannerman, Queen's University

Theodore dos Santos, University of Alberta

Robert Kuiack, University of Western Ontario

Harshavardhan Lingegowda, Queen's University

Meaghan Mavor, Queen's University

Tina Nguyen, University of Toronto

Brandon Payliss, University of Toronto

Hannah Stacey, McMaster University

Hui Xia, McGill University

Peter Zeng, University of Western Ontario


Honourable mentions

Pierre-Marc Frédérick, Laval University/Université Laval

Katherine Fretz, Queen's University

Shivam Gandhi, York University

Trevor Goodyear, University of British Columbia

Lukas Hohenwarter, University of British Columbia

Jason Hu, McGill University

Ellen Jopling, University of British Columbia

Negin Khosraviani, University of Toronto

Geneviève Laporte, Université de Montréal

Emmanuelle Leblanc, Queen's University

Emma Martell, University of Manitoba

Brooke O'Donnell, University of Western Ontario

Yena Oh, University of Ottawa

Titus Olukitibi, University of Manitoba

Chantal Rytz, University of Calgary

Melody Salehzadeh, University of British Columbia

Carmine Slipski, University of Manitoba

Raphaella Wai Lam So, University of Toronto

Megan Sullivan, University of Toronto

Angela Wignall, University of Victoria

Stephanie Wojtowicz, University of Western Ontario


Lindau nominees

Marina Costa Fujishima, University of Manitoba

Melissa Kleineau, University of Toronto

Vincent Lacasse, McGill University

Diane Tshikudi, University of Manitoba

Michael VandenBroek, Queen's University


Sex & gender awards

Marina Costa Fujishima, University of Manitoba

Jennifer Lane, Dalhousie University


Women's health award (silver)

Chantal Rytz, University of Calgary

Manitoba poster competition

Overview

The Manitoba Poster Presentation will take place on Monday, June 13, 2022 at the University of Manitoba's Bannatyne campus, located at 727 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The deadline for registration is March 15, 2022 (midnight, central time).

Eligibility

This event is open to Manitoba students enrolled in a health sciences program at the graduate level. 

Consideration will be given to students who:

  • Have registered by the registration deadline
  • Have submitted their abstract by the registration deadline

Note: We welcome posters from across the breadth of the CIHR mandate.

How to register

To register, follow the steps below. 

Step 1: Download the Abstract Submission Form (PDF) and Photography Release Form (PDF).

Step 2: Cut and paste your abstract into the abstract submission form.

Step 3: Complete the registration form and upload the completed abstract submission form and photography release form.

Step 4: Check your email frequently for updates including speaker information, specific event registration and judging schedules. 

Important: please add srforum@umanitoba.ca to your spam filters to ensure they do not end up in your junk folder.

Format

This event has been planned to take place in person following the format outlined below. Alternative arrangements have been made if this is not possible.

Participants will present a poster (no larger than 4 feet x 4 feet) to showcase their research. 

Poster numbers will be assigned to participants once registration has closed. Participants are invited to mount their poster at their corresponding number upon arrival to the forum and orally present their research to the judges at the scheduled judging time on June 13.

Each participant will be assigned a 15-minute judging slot – 10 minutes for presentation and five minutes for Q&A. Please be sure not to exceed your 10 minutes of presentation time or the judges may not be able to ask all of their questions as the judging schedule is very tight.

Judging criteria

Please keep in mind, the judges are most likely not experts in your specific area of research. The topics covered in this competition are very broad and logistically it would be impossible to provide close expertise for all presenters. However, the judges have been selected based on their success as scientists in their respective fields and their broader knowledge of science. As with any presentation, the audience must be taken into account and the information delivered accordingly.

Participants will be judged on:

  • Organization
  • Clarity of presentation, including:
    • background
    • hypothesis/research question(s)
    • methods (eg. study design and analysis technique)
    • results
    • conclusion
  • Visual appearance of your presentation
  • Defense of results

Award recipients

Awards were presented at the Manitoba Awards Ceremony on Monday, June 20, 2022. Congratulations to all the recipients!


CSHRF Major Awards

Aubie Angel award: Christy Pylypchuk, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

CHRIM Award: Md Mahamud Mahamud ur Rashid, Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Dr. Edwin Kroeger Mentorship award: Meagan Azad, Pediatrics and Child Health

Drewry Award: Weiang Yan, Physiology and Pathophysiology

Emergent Award: Mohammad Kashem, Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

HSC Award: Anthony Altieri, Immunology

Kenneth Hughes Award: Janilyn Arsenio, Internal Medicine

MMSF MSc award: Lucas Evangelista de Lima Terceiro, Pathology

MMSF PhD award: Qian Liu, Biochemistry and Medical Genetics

MMSF PhD award: Raghu Sundaresan Nagalingam, Physiology and Pathophysiology

St. Boniface Award: Weiang Yan, Physiology and Pathophysiology


CSHRF Oncology Awards

Caroline A Cope award: Morgan Stirling, Community Health Sciences

Caroline A Cope award: MacKenzie Wilke, Biochemistry and Medical Genetics

Emil & Lynette Hain award: Qian Liu, Biochemistry and Medical Genetics

Right Honourable Don Mazankowsk award: Lucas Evanelsita de Lima Terceiro, Pathology


Dean of Graduate Studies Awards

Chendong Li, Community Health Sciences

Emma Martell, Human Anatomy and Cell Sciences

Vanessa Schulz, Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Diane Tshikudi, Immunology


Dean of Medicine Awards

Laila Aboulatta, College of Pharmacy

Javad Alizadeh, Human Anatomy and Cell Sciences

Marina Costa Fujishima

Rubendren Jamilchelvan, Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Taylor Morriseau, Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Reid Opperman, Biology


Dr. Forough Khadem Memorial Award

MSc award: Shifa Mohideen, Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

PhD award: Shayan Amiri, Pharmacology and Therapeutics


HSGSA Poster Awards

Monika Kowatsch, Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Nicole Neudorf, Biochemistry and Medical Genetics

Nitesh Sanghai, College of Pharmacy

Romaniya Zayats, Immunology


MMSF Poster Awards

Oluwaseun Ajibola, Immunology

Shayan Amiri, Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Rubi Campos Gudino, Biochemistry and Medical Genetics

Ally Farrell, Biochemistry and Medical Genetics

Courtney Marshall, Immunology

Jennifer Myskiw, Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Titus Olukitibi, Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Carmine Slipski, Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Alicia Vachon, Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases


Honourable mentions

Spencer Ames, Immunology

Seyed Hosseini, Physiology and Pathophysiology

Paul Jankowski, Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Kayla Kostal, Community Health Sciences

Xinyun Liu, Immunology

Heqing Ma, Immunology

Ruth Mwatelah, Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Nura Safa, Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Abu Siddik, Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Sara Telles-Langdon, Physiology and Pathophysiology

Awards

Graduate students are invited to apply for the awards below. To be eligible, you must be conducting research while completing your program at the University of Manitoba.

Caroline A. Cope Award for Excellence in Oncology Research

An endowment fund was established at the University of Manitoba through a bequest from Ms. Caroline A. Cope to support students demonstrating excellence in cancer research.

Terms of reference

How to apply

Your completed application should include the following documentation, organized in the following order and submitted as ONE PDF file (except photo), in the following order:

  1. Application form
  2. Description of your proposed research or ongoing research (max. 500 words)
  3. Curriculum vitae (Research Manitoba format)
  4. Digital photo of yourself suitable for use in the presentation of award (high resolution preferred, .5-1 MB). Photo should be attached with your application as a separate file.
  5. Reference letters from professors at a post-secondary institution.
    • Letters shall clearly outline the merits of the applicant’s research and also briefly describe other merits of the student.
    • Applicants should submit a maximum of two (2) reference letters.
    • Reference letters should be submitted to srforum@umanitoba.ca directly from the referee’s email address.

Submission

Email application to srforum@umanitoba.ca

Deadline

Friday, April 1, 2022

Important

  • Paper submissions will not be accepted
  • Late applications will not be accepted
  • This award is classified as a scholarship. As such, only students continuing on with their program are eligible to apply.

Dr. Forough Khadem Major Award

The Dr. Forough Khadem Major Award is provided by the Health Sciences Graduate Students’ Association (HSGSA) in conjunction with the Max Rady College of Medicine. This award recognizes graduate students who have
demonstrated both scientific excellence and qualities of leadership by making outstanding contributions to our community.

Terms of reference

How to apply

Your completed application should include the following documentation, organized in the following order and submitted as ONE PDF file (except photo), in the following order:

  1. Application form
  2. Description of your proposed research or ongoing research (max. 500 words)
  3. Curriculum vitae (Research Manitoba format)
  4. Description of your leadership experience in our community through formal or informal roles (max. 500 words)
  5. Digital photo of yourself suitable for use in the presentation of award (high resolution preferred, .5-1 MB). Photo should be attached with your application as a separate file.

Reference letters are also required:

  • Applicants should submit a maximum of two (2) reference letters.
  • At least one letter must be from a professor that supports your scientific excellence and involvement with our community
  • Reference letters should be submitted to srforum@umanitoba.ca directly from the referee’s email address.

Submission

Email application to srforum@umanitoba.ca

Deadline

Friday, April 1, 2022 at noon

Emil and Lynette Hain Scholarship for Oncology Research

Mr. Emil Hain (B.Sc.(C.E.)/59) and Mrs. Lynette Hain have established an endowment fund at the University of Manitoba, with an initial gift of $25,000 in 2010. The purpose of the award is to support students undertaking oncology research.

Terms of reference

How to apply

Your completed application should include the following documentation, organized in the following order and submitted as ONE PDF file (except photo), in the following order:

  1. Application form
  2. Description of your proposed research or ongoing research (max. 500 words)
  3. Curriculum vitae (Research Manitoba format)
  4. Digital photo of yourself suitable for use in the presentation of award (high resolution preferred, .5-1 MB). Photo should be attached with your application as a separate file.
  5. Reference letters from professors at a post-secondary institution.
    • Letters shall clearly outline the merits of the applicant’s research and also briefly describe other merits of the student.
    • Applicants should submit a maximum of two (2) reference letters.
    • Reference letters should be submitted to srforum@umanitoba.ca directly from the referee’s email address.

Submission

Email application to srforum@umanitoba.ca

Deadline

Friday, April 1, 2022

Important

  • Paper submissions will not be accepted
  • Late applications will not be accepted
  • This award is classified as a scholarship. As such, only students continuing on with their program are eligible to apply.

Major Student Research Awards

CSHRF offers Major Student Research Awards to open to graduate students performing research in multiple subject areas. To be eligible, you must be  enrolled in a master's or PhD students at the University of Manitoba. Subject areas are listed in the terms of reference.

These awards are made possible thanks to the generosity of the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba, the Health Sciences Centre Foundation Inc., the St. Boniface Research Foundation, Emergent BioSolutions, and the Manitoba Medical Services Foundation.

Winners will be announced at the CSHRF Manitoba Awards Ceremony. Please be aware that these awards are separate from those awarded for presentation at the CSHRF event.

Terms of reference

How to apply

Your completed application should include the following documentation, organized in the order below. 

Items #1 – 5 should be submitted as one pdf file, #6 and #7 (if available) should be attached as separate files.

  1. Application form
  2. Cover letter summarizing your research accomplishments (max. 750 words)
  3. Abstract of thesis, if available. If a thesis is not available, submit a summary of your research (max. three pages double spaced)
  4. Curriculum vitae (Research Manitoba format). You may also submit one additional page with any other information you deem relevant to the application (optional).
  5. Publications
    • Full text of up to three papers (published, submitted or in press) and only the first page (author listing) of all others.
    • If submitted or in press, a copy of the manuscript and acknowledgement of submission/acceptance should be included.
    • Applications must state their role in/contribution to each publication listed.
  6. Digital photo of yourself suitable for use in the presentation of award (high resolution preferred, .5-1 MB). Photo should be attached with your application as a separate file.
  7. Thesis, if completed. Submit by email to srforum@umanitoba.ca as a separate pdf file.
  8. Letters of support by applicant’s advisor and any other individual knowledge of the applicant’s research.
    • Letters shall clearly outline the merits of the applicant’s research and also briefly describe other merits of the student.
    • Applicants should submit a maximum of two (2) reference letters.
    • Reference letters should be submitted to srforum@umanitoba.ca directly from the referee’s email address.

Submission

Email application to srforum@umanitoba.ca

Deadline

Friday, April 1, 2022

Important:

  • Paper applications/reference letters will not be accepted
  • Late applications will not be accepted
  • Students who are within 12 – 18 months of graduating their research program are eligible to apply
  • Master's students are not eligible for PhD awards

Right Honourable Don Mazankowski Award for Excellence in Oncology Research

An endowment fund of $12,500 has been established at the University of Manitoba through a contribution from the Don Mazankowski Scholarship Foundation.

Terms of reference

How to apply

Your completed application should include the following documentation, organized in the following order and submitted as ONE PDF file (except photo), in the following order:

  1. Application form
  2. Description of your proposed research or ongoing research (max. 500 words)
  3. Curriculum vitae (Research Manitoba format)
  4. Current transcript
  5. Digital photo of yourself suitable for use in the presentation of award (high resolution preferred, .5-1 MB). Photo should be attached with your application as a separate file.

Reference letters from professors at a post-secondary institution are also required:

  • Letters shall clearly outline the merits of the applicant’s research and also briefly describe other merits of the student.
  • Applicants should submit a maximum of two (2) reference letters.
  • Reference letters should be submitted to srforum@umanitoba.ca directly from the referee’s email address.

Submission

Email application to srforum@umanitoba.ca

Deadline

Friday, April 1, 2022

Important

  • Paper submissions will not be accepted
  • Late applications will not be accepted
  • Students who are within 12 months of graduating their research program are eligible to apply
  • Confirmation letter from the journal of any submitted or accepted manuscript is required

Mentorship sessions

Registration is now open for mentorship sessions.

To be eligible, you must be registered for the National Poster Presentation. You may register for two mentorship sessions (one in session #1, and one in session #2) with the speaker of your choice.

These popular sessions fill quickly – there are only 25 spaces and they fill on a first-come first-served basis, so don’t hesitate to sign up!

Participants were sent the registration link via email. Email us at srforum@umanitoba.ca if you haven’t received it.

Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors.

Lindau Nobel Laureate meetings

The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings – established in 1951 – provide a globally recognized forum for exchange between Nobel Laureates and young scientists. They inspire scientific generations and build sustainable networks of young scientists around the world.

Contact us

Dr. Edwin Kroeger
CSHRF Coordinator
A203 Chown Building, 753 Mcdermot Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg MB R3E 0T6

204-789-3777