Outstanding research on display at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute’s 14th annual Research Day

November 14, 2014

The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute’s 14th Annual Research Day was a great success, with more than 360 attendees packing the St. Elias Centre to capacity. Designed to highlight and celebrate the outstanding work of trainees, as well as promote scientific interaction, the event featured 125 posters (nearly 100 competing for prizes) and 16 oral presentations. Drs. Jack Kitts and Duncan Stewart set the stage with introductory remarks, while Drs. Daniel Drucker and Robyn Tamblyn gave the keynote lectures.

Prizes were awarded to the following trainees:

IMPACT (Identification of Marketable Products, Applications and Commercializable Technologies) Award
  • 1st: Melanie Lacaria (Rudnicki group) Enhancing neurogenesis for post-stroke recovery
  • 2nd: Katherine Atkinson (Kumanan Wilson group) Using mobile technologies to transform immunization practice
  • 3rd: Nischal Ranganath (Angel group) Oncolytic viruses as a potential approach to eliminate cells that constitute the HIV reservoir

Oral Presentation Competition:
  • 1st: Natasha Chang (Rudnicki group) p38-gamma MAPK regulation of Carm1 promotes satellite stem cell self-renewal via symmetric expansion
  • 2nd: Peter Tanuseputro (Manuel group) The health care cost of dying: A population-based examination across health care sectors for Ontarians in their last year of life
  • 3rd: Chadwick Boulay (Sachs group) Single-trial dorsolateral prefrontal cortex neural trajectories predict intended saccade direction

Postdoctoral Fellow Poster Competition:
  • 1st: Arezu Jahani-Asl (Rudnicki group) EGFRvIII Requires OSMR as a Co-Receptor to Drive Glioblastoma Tumorigenesis
  • 2nd: Shelly Sud (Reaume group) SIMONE-Simulation in Medical Oncology Education Part I: Pilot study
  • 3rd: Carolina Ilkow (Bell group) Tailored Oncolytic viral Therapeutics for Pancreatic Cancer

PhD Student Poster Competition:
  • 1st: Benjamin Pryce (Sabourin group) Role of the Ste20-Like Kinase in Muscle Development and Repair
  • 2nd: Khalid Al-Zahrani (Sabourin group) The role of SLK in ErbB2-induced mammary tumorigenesis
  • 3rd: Janet Manias Rothberg (Stanford group) Polycomb-like 2 (pcl2) is required for hematopoietic development

MSc Student and Other Poster Competition:
  • 1st: Anisha Lynch-Godrei (Kothary group) Disruption in the autophagic pathway underlies sensory neuron pathology in dystonia musculorum mice
  • 2nd: Pascale Charette (Vanderhyden and Gruslin groups) Investigating the role of FGL2 in placental development and preeclampsia
  • 3rd: Mathieu Chalifoux (Brehaut group) The Contribution of Child Behaviour Problems to the Health of Caregivers

Dr. Goodman Cohen Summer Student Award:
  • Senior Award: David Bellamy (Bell group) Accelerated natural selection-based screening for amiRNAs that enhance oncolytic virus efficacy in pancreatic cancer models
  • Junior Award: Kathleen Atkins (Thébaud group) Resident lung mesenchymal stromal cells are perturbed in experimental neonatal lung disease

DRS Construction, Fisher Scientific, VWR, Carleton Faculty of Engineering and Design, Bio-Rad, Borden Ladner Gervais, Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine.

Research Day Committee:
Dr. Fraser Scott (Chair), Dr. Angela Crawley, Dr. Anouk Fortin, Paddy Moore, Dr. Luc Sabourin, Dr. Jay Baltz, Dr. Jim Dimitroulakos, Alessandra Pasut, Dr. Bill Stanford, Dr. Duncan Stewart, Jane Canniff, Dr. Dean Fergusson, Dr. Ian Lorimer, Dr. Tim Ramsay, Dr. Cathy Tsilfidis

About the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute is the research arm of The Ottawa Hospital and is an affiliated institute of the University of Ottawa, closely associated with the university’s Faculties of Medicine and Health Sciences. The institute includes more than 1,700 scientists, clinical investigators, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and staff conducting research to improve the understanding, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human disease.

Media contact
Jennifer Ganton
Director, Communications and Public Relations
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
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