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2014

Dr. Amy Cheung

Dr. Amy Cheung

Bell Canada Chair in Adolescent Mood & Anxiety Disorders

Dr. Amy Cheung, an associate scientist in the Hurvitz Brain Sciences Research Program, was named the inaugural Bell Canada Chair in Adolescent Mood & Anxiety Disorders. Cheung’s research interests include the management of mood disorders in teens and young adults by primary care providers, and the adverse effects of pharmacological treatments for mood disorders.

Dr. Leodante da costa

Dr. Leodante da Costa

GE and the National Football League Head Health Challenge Award

GE and the National Football League awarded Dr. Leodante da Costa, an affiliate scientist in the Hurvitz Brain Sciences Research Program and a neurosurgeon at Sunnybrook, a brain injury research award worth $300,000 in the first round of the Head Health Challenge. The award aims to enhance the understanding of traumatic brain injury and advance technology solutions to diagnose and treat patients better. He will use the funds to detect and measure the ability of the blood vessels in the brain to respond in the event of head injury.

Dr. Weidong Du

Dr. Weidong Du

Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

Dr. Weidong Du, a postdoc in the lab of Dr. Burton Yang, a senior scientist in Biological Sciences, was awarded a fellowship worth $135,000 over three years from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Du will use the funds to develop a breast cancer treatment using a microRNA ‘sponge,’ which can stop cancer-causing microRNAs from functioning.

Dr. Stuart Foster

Dr. Stuart Foster

Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Ultrasound Imaging

Dr. Stuart Foster, a senior scientist in Physical Sciences, has secured a renewal of his Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Ultrasound Imaging. The research professorship, worth $1.4 million over seven years, is the most prestigious academic award given by the Government of Canada.

Dr. Andrea Gershon

Dr. Andrea Gershon

Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award

Dr. Andrea Gershon, a scientist in Evaluative Clinical Sciences, received a New Investigator award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The award is worth $300,000 over five years. Her research aims to improve the care of Canadians with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and reduce the burden of this disease on the health care system.

Dr. Ben Goldstein

Dr. Ben Goldstein

Ministry of Research and Innovation Early Researcher Award

Dr. Ben Goldstein, a scientist in the Hurvitz Brain Sciences Research Program, received an Early Researcher Award from the Ministry of Research and Innovation. The competitive prize recognizes researchers early in their careers. Goldstein is studying the link between mood and heart disease in adolescents with bipolar disorder.

Dr. Rafal Janik

Rafal Janik

Gordon Research Conference Best Presentation Award

Rafal Janik, a PhD student in the lab of Dr. Greg Stanisz, a senior scientist in Physical Sciences, received the “best presentation award” at the Gordon Research Conference in Andover, New Hampshire, U.S. He presented his work on the use of magnetic resonance imaging to investigate the gut-microbiome and brain connection.

Dr. Klotz

Dr. Laurence Klotz

University of Toronto Lister Prize

Dr. Laurence Klotz, a clinician-scientist in the Odette Cancer Research Program, received the Lister Prize from the University of Toronto’s department of surgery. The prestigious award recognizes his outstanding work in prostate cancer research. He also was recently awarded The Society of Urologic Oncology Medal for making a significant and far-reaching impact in the field of urologic oncology.

Dr. Dennis Ko

Dr. Dennis Ko

CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research Article of the Year

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Health Services and Policy Research has named a study led by Dr. Dennis Ko, a scientist in the Schulich Heart Research Program, its article of the year. The award recognizes publications that have advanced the field of health services and policy research. The paper, “Prevalence and extent of obstructive coronary artery disease among patients undergoing elective coronary catheterization in New York State and Ontario,” was published in 2013 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Read more about this article in Beyond the numbers.

Dr. Lim

Dr. Andrew Lim

Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award

Dr. Andrew Lim, a scientist in the Hurvitz Brain Sciences Research Program, received a New Investigator award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The award will support his research on identifying the genes that influence human sleep and circadian function. He is also studying the impact of sleep and circadian disruption on brain like dementia and stroke.

Dr. Elaine Reguera Nunez

Elaine Reguera Núñez

University of Toronto Connaught International Scholarship

Elaine Reguera Núñez, a first-year master’s student in the lab of senior scientist in Biological Sciences Dr. Robert Kerbel, was awarded a Connaught International Scholarship from the University of Toronto. The prestigious scholarship supports top international graduate students and provides a $35,000 stipend per year up to five years. She will use the funds to analyze the possible mechanism of action of tyrosine kinase inhibitors in combination with chemotherapy in renal cell carcinoma mouse models.

Dr. Kevin Schwartz

Dr. Kevin Schwartz

Canadian Institutes of Health Research Drug Safety and Effectiveness Fellowship

Dr. Kevin Schwartz, a pediatric infectious diseases physician in the lab of Dr. Jeff Kwong, an associate scientist in the Veterans & Community Research Program, received a fellowship in drug safety and effectiveness from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He will use the funds, worth $110,000 over two years, to conduct a two-part study to evaluate the relationship of influenza on heart attacks and strokes, and determine how well the vaccine works in high-risk patients. His aim is to help inform future vaccine policy in Canada.

Dr. Walter Swardfager

Dr. Walter Swardfager

Canadian Institutes of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship

Dr. Walter Swardfager, a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Sandra Black, director of the Hurvitz Brain Sciences Research Program, received a fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research worth $90,000 over two years. He will examine patients with different amounts of small vessel disease to understand better its relationship to brain atrophy and memory decline.

Dr. Swartz

Dr. Richard Swartz

Heart and Stroke Foundation New Investigator Award

Dr. Richard Swartz, a scientist in the Hurvitz Brain Sciences Research Program, received a New Investigator award, worth $300,000 over five years, from the Heart and Stroke Foundation for his work on screening for depression, obstructive sleep apnea and cognitive impairment—common conditions after a stroke—to help identify high-risk stroke clinic patients.

Dr. Jack Tu

Dr. Jack Tu

Canadian Institutes of Health Research Canada Research Chair

Dr. Jack Tu, a senior scientist in the Schulich Heart Research Program, has secured a renewal of his Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Health Services Research. The research professorship, worth $1.4 million over seven years, is the most prestigious academic award given by the Government of Canada. The award will support Tu’s research in improving care for cardiac patients.