Outstanding research on display at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute’s 16th annual Research Day

November 15, 2016

The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute’s 16th annual Research Day was a great success, with more than 350 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 127 posters (nearly 114 competing for prizes) and 15 oral presentations.

Drs. Duncan Stewart, Bernard Jasmin, Alain Stintzi and Fraser Scott set the stage with introductory remarks, while Dr. Carl June gave the keynote lecture "Engineering T-cells for cancer immunotherapy."

Prizes were awarded to the following trainees:

Oral Presentation Competition:

1st: Amelia Aitken. An oncolytic virus targeting the RNA interference pathway
Co-authors: Bastin D, Pelin A, Pikor L, Huh M, Roy D, Bourgeous-Daigneault MC, Petryk J, Ilkow C, Bell J.

2nd: Vignan Yogendrakumar. Location of Intracerebral Hemorrhage Predicts Hematoma Expansion and Clinical Outcome
Co-authors: Andrew M Demchuk, Richard I Aviv, David Rodriguez-Luna, Carlos A Molina, Yolanda Silva Blas, Imanuel Dzialowski, Adam Kobayashi, Jean-Martin Boulanger MD8, Cheemun Lum MD9, Gord Gubitz, Vasantha Padma, Jayanta Roy, Carlos S. Kase, Rohit Bhatia, Michael D Hill, Dar Dowlatshahi, on behalf of the PREDICT/Sunnybrook ICH CTA study group.

3rd: Joanne Joseph. ECFCs mediate their therapeutic benefit through the release of exosomes
Co-authors: Arul Vadivel, Chanèle Cyr-Depauw, Shumei Zhong, Dylan Burger, Merv Yoder, Bernard Thébaud

Postdoctoral Fellow Poster Competition:

1st: Remington Winter. Evaluation of post-operative transfusion procedures in post-cystectomy patients at The Ottawa Hospital (TOH).
Co-authors: Zachary Hickey, Kevin Hill, Rodney Breau, Elianna Saidenberg

2nd: Caroline Brun. Hedgehog signaling regulates satellite cell function.
Co-authors: Marie-Claude Sincennes, Michael A. Rudnicki

3rd: Sean Bennett. The Ottawa Criteria for Appropriate Transfusions in Hepatectomy (OCATH): using the RAND/UCLA Appropriateness Method
Co-authors: Alan Tinmouth, Daniel I. Mcisaac, Shane English, Paul C. Hébert, Paul J. Karanicolas, Lauralyn McIntyre, Alexis F. Turgeon, Jeffrey Barkun, Timothy M. Pawlik, Dean Fergusson, Guillaume Martel

PhD Student Poster Competition:

1st: Dominic Roy. Identification of artificial micrornas that increase oncolytic virus using a novel rnai screening approach
Co-authors: Marie-Claude Bourgeois-Daigneault, Adrian Pelin, Andrew Varble, Theresa Falls, Julia Petryk, Benjamin Tenoever, John Bell

2nd: Serge Neault. Envelope exchange in oncolytic measles virus for neutralization escape
Co-authors: Sascha Bossow, Carole Achard, Jean-Simon Diallo, John Bell, Guy Ungerechts

3rd: Leslie Nash. Exploiting exosomes as biomarkers and therapy for Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Co-authors: Emily R Mcfall, Dylan Burger, Rashmi Kothary, Robin Parks

MSc Student and Other Poster Competition:

1st: Josh del Papa. Expression of p14 Fusion Associated Small Transmembrane Protein in an Oncolytic Adenovirus for Improved Vector Efficiency
Co-authors: Carmen M. Wong, John C. Bell, Robin J. Parks

2nd: Pascale Juneau. Safety and efficacy of mscs for chronic stroke: a preclinical and clinical systematic review and meta-analysis
Co-authors: Dean Fergusson, Ryan Mcginn, Duncan Stewart, Dale Corbett, Dariush Dowlatshahi, Manoj Lalu

3rd: Tabitha Rosembert. Investigating the role of acetylation in PAX7 function
Co-authors: Sincennes Marie-Claude, Kawabe Yoichi, Rudnicki A Michael

Dr. Goodman Cohen Summer Student Award:

Senior Award: Mina Rizk (Allan group) Heterogeneity in studies of mesenchymal stromal cells to treat or prevent GVHD: a scoping review of the evidence

Junior Award: Joanne Joseph (Thébaud group) Therapeutic potential of endothelial progenitor cells in neonatal pulmonary hypertension

Research Day Committee:
Dr. Fraser Scott (Chair), Dr. Jay Baltz, Amelia Buchanan, Dr. Marjorie Brand, Dr. Ketul Chaudhary, Dr. Jim Dimitroulakos, Dr. Dean Fergusson, Dr. Anouk Fortin, Jennifer Ganton, Dr. Ian Lorimer, Dr. Tim Ramsay, Dr. Catherine Tsilfidis, Dr. Luc Sabourin, Dr. William Stanford, Dr. Duncan Stewart


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