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2011

Dr. Sandra Black

Dr. Sandra Black

Irma M. Parhad Award for Excellence 2011

The Consortium of Canadian Centres for Clinical Cognitive Research presented Dr. Sandra Black, director of the Brain Sciences Research Program at Sunnybrook Research Institute, with the Irma M. Parhad Award for Excellence 2011 at the Canadian Conference on Dementia held October 27 to 29, 2011, in Montreal.

The award is presented annually to an individual who makes outstanding contributions to the field and leads the way to better understanding in the treatment of patients living with cognitive disorders. Black is the Brill Chair in Neurology at the University of Toronto. She leads the Sunnybrook site of the Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery.
Dr. Kristopher Dennis

Dr. Kristopher Dennis

Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellowship

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research has awarded Dr. Kristopher Dennis a fellowship worth $110,000 over two years. Supervised by Dr. Edward Chow, a scientist in clinical epidemiology, Dennis is a radiation oncologist and research fellow at the Odette Cancer Centre. His research focus is on palliative radiotherapy. He will use the funds to study radiotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.

Dr. Oar Falou

Dr. Omar Falou

Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation has awarded Dr. Omar Falou a fellowship worth $142,500 over three years to study diffuse optical spectroscopy for enhancing breast cancer chemotherapy. Falou is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Greg Czarnota, director of the Odette Cancer Research Program.

A picture of scientist David Gladstone.

Dr. David Gladstone

Ministry of Research and Innovation Early Researcher Award

The Ministry of Research and Innovation awarded Dr. David Gladstone, a scientist in the Brain Sciences Research Program, an Early Researcher Award. The highly competitive prize recognizes researchers who show great promise in their early careers, and provides them with support to build a research team. Gladstone and his colleagues are developing an image-guided emergency treatment protocol for patients with bleeding in the brain.
A portrait of Dr. Kerbel in his lab.

Dr. Robert Kerbel

Israel Cancer Research Fund 2011 Man of Distinction

Dr. Bob Kerbel, a senior scientist in biological sciences and the Odette Cancer Research Program, was named a 2011 Man of Distinction by the Israel Cancer Research Fund. The award, which recognizes people who exhibit “leadership, innovation and excellence within their communities and beyond,” was presented to Kerbel on October 12, 2011 at the Fourth Annual Men of Distinction Awards in Toronto.

Kerbel, who is the Canada Research Chair in Tumour Biology, Angiogenesis and Antiangiogenic Therapy, was honoured for his cutting-edge research on metronomic chemotherapy and antiangiogenic drugs, both of which aim to make cancer treatments safer and more effective. His discoveries are being tested in clinical trials, particularly in breast, ovarian, colorectal and pediatric cancers.
A portrait of Stanley Liu.

Dr. Stanley Liu

Prostate Cancer Canada Clinician Scientist Award

Dr. Stanley Liu, a scientist in biological sciences at Sunnybrook Research Institute and radiation oncologist in the Odette Cancer Research Program, received a Clinician Scientist Award from Prostate Cancer Canada. The award, worth $300,000 over two years, recognizes outstanding researchers and provides support for their research in the prevention and treatment of prostate cancer. Liu will use the funds to study notch inhibition and radiotherapy as a novel way to treat prostate cancer.
Dr. Chloe Milsom

Dr. Chlöe Milsom

Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation has awarded Dr. Chlöe Milsom a fellowship worth $95,000 over two years. Milsom, a postdoctoral fellow in molecular and cellular biology in the lab of senior scientist Dr. Robert Kerbel, is researching the effects of cytotoxic chemotherapy in patients with breast cancer.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellowship

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research awarded Dr. Chlöe Milsom a fellowship worth $90,000 over two years. Milsom is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Robert Kerbel, a senior scientist in biological sciences. She will use the funds to study the impact of chemotherapy-induced activation of platelets on therapeutic efficacy outcomes.
Joel Ramirez

Joel Ramirez

Canadian Institutes of Health Research Brain Star Award

Joel Ramirez has received a Brain Star Award from the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (one of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research).

Ramirez is a doctoral student at Sunnybrook Research Institute in the lab of Brain Sciences Research Program director Dr. Sandra Black. He will receive $1,000 for his article, "Lesion explorer: a comprehensive segmentation and parcellation package to obtain regional volumetrics for subcortical hyperintensities and intracranial tissue."

The brain star program recognizes research excellence in students and trainees, and promotes careers in neuroscience, mental health and addiction.  

Dr. Baiju Shah

Dr. Baiju Shah

Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award

Dr. Baiju Shah, a scientist in clinical epidemiology at Sunnybrook Research Institute, has received a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Shah will use the award, worth $300,000 over five years, to study English-language proficiency among stroke patients, to determine if it affects the quality of care they receive or their clinical outcomes.

Florence Wu

Florence Wu

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Florence Wu, a doctoral student in molecular and cellular biology at Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI), is a recipient of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Wu will receive $50,000 per year for three years to study new therapeutic agents-angiopoietin-1 mimetics-for cancer treatment. Supervised by SRI senior scientists Drs. Dan Dumont and Robert Kerbel, Wu is also a student in medical biophysics at the University of Toronto. Her research interests are the cellular pathways and therapeutic applications of angiogenesis. The Vanier scholarships are given to students at Canadian universities who have demonstrated strong leadership skills and a high level of scholarly achievement.

Dr. Martin Yaffe.  He looks a bit like Santa Claus

Dr. Martin Yaffe

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation-Ontario Region's 2011 Volunteer Awards

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation has awarded Dr. Martin Yaffe, a senior imaging scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute, the Cause Leadership Award as part of the Ontario Region's 2011 Volunteer Awards.

Yaffe's research focuses on the development and improvement of digital imaging techniques for better detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.

This page will be updated throughout the year as more award recipients are added. In 2010, over 20 scientists received awards.