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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 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 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. 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. 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 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. 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.