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Sunnybrook student-run conference highlights research excellence

May 30, 2023

Sunnybrook students at the SSRC 2023. Sunnybrook students at the SSRC 2023. Sunnybrook students at the SSRC 2023.

From avian influenza surveillance, to complementary medicines management in oncology, the research of Sunnybrook graduate and professional stream students covered a wide range of compelling topics at the Sunnybrook Student Research Conference (SSRC) hosted this month.

Presented by the graduate student-led group SRI Student Network (SSN) and sponsored by Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI), the conference featured oral and poster presentations from students in Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Practice Based Research and Innovation. The day also included four keynote presentations from Sunnybrook researchers Dr. Elizabeth Azstalos, Dr. Maged Goubran, Leanne Hughes, and Dr. Chao Wang.

The conference provided an opportunity for students to present research, participate in a poster competition, meet fellow researchers and make connections for future collaboration. Four students were awarded prizes. Congratulations to the awardees, participants and organizers of this year’s conference.

2023 SSRC awardees include:

Best Oral Presentation

Vivian Feng
Project: Association between lipopolysaccharide, immune biomarkers and cerebral amyloid-beta deposition in older adults with mild cognitive impairment & major depressive disorder
Supervisor: Dr. Krista Lanctôt
Evaluative Clinical Sciences

Best Posters

Martin Profant
Project: Polyamine metabolism as a regulator of meningeal inflammation and cognitive impairment in EAE and MS
Supervisor: Dr. Chao Wang
Biological Sciences Platform

Bhawani Jain
Project: Systematic Review to Evaluate Impact of Melatonin Supplementation on Efficacy of Oxidizing Cytotoxic Anti-Cancer Therapy (ACT)
Supervisor: Dr. Christine Peragine
Practice-based Research and Innovation

Yejin Kang
Project: Mitochondrial dysfunction in mild vascular cognitive impairment
Supervisor: Dr. Krista Lanctôt
Evaluative Clinical Sciences