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Communications - News at Medicine - May 2011 - Graduate Student Achievement Luncheon


Graduate Student Achievement Luncheon
May 27, 2011
The 2010-2011 Graduate Student Achievement Luncheon was held May 4 in the Junior Common Room, Gushue Hall. It was an opportunity for graduate students, their supervisors and donors to come together to celebrate achievements during the year.
 

Dr. James Rourke, dean of medicine, spoke about the importance of research done in the Faculty of Medicine and the contribution of graduate students. He described the strengths of cross-disciplinary research and the Memorial model for clinical research which identifies the problem in terms of the patient, family and community, searches for the biomedical basis of the disease, and then develops the best clinical care approach while addressing the ethical issues and informing health policy.

Dr. Donald McKay, assistant dean of graduate studies, emceed the event and introduced the many graduate students and their supervisors who had won awards throughout the year.

Jennifer LeMessurier, supervised by Dr. Catherine Donovan, received the Memorial University Medical of Excellence for a non-thesis M.Sc.

Two F.A. Aldrich Fellowships from the School of Graduate Studies were received by graduate students in the Faculty of Medicine.  Daniel Duggan, supervised by Dr. Reza Tabrizchi, received a M.Sc. Fellowship. Melody Morton Ninomiya, supervised by Dr. Fern Brunger, received a PhD Fellowship.

The Colman PhD Award, established in memory of Genevieve and Roberta Colman was received by Lance Doucette, supervised by Dr. Terry-Lynn Young.

The Dr. Alfred T.H. Burness Graduate Award in Medicine was received by Jing (Jessica) Zhao, supervised by Dr. Peter Wang.

Graduate scholarships – doctoral awards

PhD Dean’s Fellowships were received by Neva Fudge, supervised by Dr. Karen Mearow, and Melody Morton Ninomiya, supervised by Dr. Fern Brunger.

Beth Halfyard, supervised by Dr. Peter Wang, received a research grant from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Breast Screening Program. She also received a research grant from the NL Provincial Cervical Screening Initiatives Program.

Donna Murphy, supervised by Dr. Peter Wang, received a doctoral award from the Public Health Agency of Canada. 

Graduate Student Fellowships from the Evidence Informed Practice Council of Eastern Health were received by Sue Ann Mandville-Anstey, supervised by Dr. Diana Gustafson, and Lin Ling, supervised by Drs. Ed Kendall and Brendan Barrett.

Geoff Warden, supervised by Dr. Pat Parfrey, received a Mount Sinai Hospital PhD Studentship.

Graduate scholarships – M.Sc. awards

CIHR Banting and Best Canada Graduate Scholarship were received by Alex Dancyger, supervised by Dr. Mani Larijani; Krista Gladney, supervised by Dr. Michael Grant; Kerri Smith, supervised by Dr. Ann Dorward; and John Bradley Williams, supervised by Dr. Thomas Michalak.

Gioia Montevecchi, supervised by Dr. Diana Gustafson, received a CIHR Atlantic Aboriginal Health Research Award.
Kayla Harris, supervised by Drs. Michael Grant and Rod Russell, received a CIHR Fellowship – Research Training Program in Hepatitis C.

Georgia Skardasi, supervised by Dr. Thomas Michalak, received a two-year M.Sc. fellowship from the CIHR National Canadian Research Training Program in Hepatitis C. 

Rebecca Lethbridge, supervised by Drs. Qi Yuan and Carolyn Harley, received a NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Scholarship.

Erica Clarke, supervised by Dr. Mike Woods, received a one-year Mount Sinai Hospital Studentship.

Jing (Crystal) Wang, supervised by Dr. Peter Wang, received a Newfoundland & Labrador – Healthy Aging Research Program (NL-HARP) Award for 2010-11.

Dean’s Fellowships were received by Dr. Amin Shakhawat, supervised by Dr. Qi Yuan; Daniel Duggan, supervised by Dr. Reza Tabrizchi; and Heidi Morris, supervised by Dr. Rod Russell.

Program prizes

Immunology and Infectious Diseases

The Best Overall Award went to Alex Dancyger, supervised by Dr. Mani Larijani.

The PhD Prize was received by Ahmed Mostafa, supervised by Dr. Sheila Drover.

The M.Sc. Prize went to Krista Gladney, supervised by Dr. Michael Grant.

Applied Health Services

The M.Sc. Award was received by Mercy Dhlakama, supervised by Dr. Martha Traverso-Yepez.
Cardiovascular and Renal Physiology

The prize was received by Kazi Haq, supervised by Dr. Bruno Stuvyers.

Cancer and Development

The Mary O’Neill M.Sc. Award went to Kerri Smith, supervised by Dr. Ann Dorward.

The Mary Pater PhD Award was received by Mark Kennedy, supervised by Dr. Ken Kao.

Community Health and Humanities

The Jorge Segovia Scholarship Health Services Research went to Taylor Ferrier.

Neuroscience – Golden Synapse

The award for Best Overall Presentation was received by Matthew P. Parsons, supervised by Dr. Michiru Hirasawa.

The M.Sc. Award went to Craig Malone, supervised by Dr. Jackie Vanderluit.

The PhD Award went to Kristopher Langdon, supervised by Dr. Dale Corbett.

Human Genetics

The M.Sc. Award was received by Erica Clarke, supervised by Dr. Mike Woods.

The PhD Award went to Mohammed Uddin, supervised by Dr. Proton Rahman.

Master of Public Health

The first master of public health was earned by A. James Quinlan, supervised by Dr. Catherine Donovan.

Travel awards

Ali Atoom, supervised by Dr. Rod Russell, received the Dean M. Ian Bowmer Graduate Travel Award.

Shelly May Greenway, supervised by Dr. Maria Mathews, received the Barrowman Travel Award Community Health and Humanities.

Ahmed Mostafa, supervised by Dr. Sheila Drover, received awards for travel to the following three meetings: the Canadian Student Health Research Forum in Winnipeg; the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute Annual Symposium in Halifax; and the De Nova Travel Award for the Canadian Society for Immunology Annual Meeting in Alberta.

Craig Malone, supervised by Dr. Jackie Vanderluit, travelled to the Canadian Association of Neurosciences meeting in Ottawa.

Heidi Morris, supervised by Dr. Rod Russell, travelled to the American Society for Microbiology:  ASM Conference on Viral Genome Replication.

Kerri Smith, supervised by Dr. Ann Dorward, travelled to the Canadian Conference for Ovarian Cancer Research in Toronto.

Kerri Smith, Lin Ling and Yun Zhu travelled to the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute Cancer Research Symposium in Halifax.

Farrell Cahill, supervised by Dr. Guang Sun, travelled to the Obesity Conference in San Diego, California in October 2010.

Distinctions

Ahmed Mostafa, supervised by Dr. Sheila Drover, won Best Poster Presentation at the 4th Annual Canadian Cancer Immunotherapy Symposium in Lake Louise, NY, in April 2011.

Kim Bonia, supervised by Dr. Diana Gustafson, received the Canadian Mental Health Association Mental Health Research Award.

Rebecca Lethbridge, supervised by Drs. Qi Yuan and Carolyn Harley, received the Riken Summer School Fellowship in Japan.

Mahmudul Hasan, supervised by Dr. Jackie Vanderluit, received a Canadian Stem Cell Network Trainee Bursary and attended the Advanced Multi-Colour Flow Cytometry workshop at the University of British Columbia in June 2011.   

Sue Ann Mandville-Anstey, supervised by Dr. Diana Gustafson, received a Sisters of Mercy Research and Scholarly Activity Award.

Madelaine Gierc, supervised by Dr. Catherine Donovan, received a three-year Dean’s Scholarship at the University of Saskatchewan to pursue PhD studies starting in the fall of 2011.

Lance Doucette, supervised by Dr. Terry-Lynn Young, was first author of a paper published in the European Journal of Human Genetics in 2010.

Jing (Jessica) Zhao, supervised by Dr. Peter Wang, received a Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute Feature Trainee Award.

Diana Deacon, supervised by Dr. Diana Gustafson, received a MUNSU Student Bursary.

Lisa LeShane, supervised by Dr. Sheila Drover, was the blogger for the Canadian Cancer Immunotherapy Consortium’s 4th annual meeting.

Zhuoyu Sun, supervised by Dr. Peter Wang, received the 2010 Graduate Students’ Union Award for Excellence in Research.

Mohammed Sarhan, supervised by Dr. Thomas Michalak, received Best Presentation at the 2011 Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver.

A. James Quinlan, supervised by Dr. Catherine Donovan, received the Harris Centre Research Award from Memorial University.

Gina Colbourn, an undergraduate student working on a Summer Undergraduate Research Awards project supervised by Dr. Leigh Ann Newhook in the summer of 2010, was supported through the Rising Researcher Support Training Program of the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program.

Youlian Tzenov, supervised by Dr. Ken Kao, Cancer and Development, received a PhD Comprehensive Distinction.
Kelly Monaghan, supervised by Dr. Natalie Beausoleil, Community Health and Humanities, received a Pass with Distinction for her PhD oral defense.

The graduate program co-ordinators are:  Dr. Anne Kearney, Applied Health Services Research; Dr. Ann Dorward, Cancer and Development; Dr. John Smeda, Cardiovascular and Renal Sciences; Drs. Gerry Mugford and Sean Murphy, Clinical Epidemiology; Dr. Barbara Roebothan, Community Health and Humanities; Dr. Roger Green, Human Genetics; Dr. Sheila Drover, Immunology and Infectious Disease; Dr. Cathy Donovan, Public Health; and Dr. Xihua Chen, Neuroscience.


Dr. Cathy Donovan, left, and Jennifer LeMessurier.


From left: Dr. Peter Wang, Zing Zhao and Brenda Burness.


Taylor Ferrier and Dr. Don McKay, assistant dean for graduate studies.


Dr. Kris Langdon and Dr. Jacqueline Vanderluit.


Mohammed Uddin and Dr. Roger Green.


Dr. Bruno Stuvyers and Kazi Haq.


Kerri Smith and Dr. Ann Dorward.


From left: Dr. Mani Larijani, Alex Dancyger, Dr. Michael Grant, Krista Gladney and Ahmed Mustafa.


From left: Dr. Rod Russell, Dr. Michael Grant, Kayla Harris, Georgia Skardasi and Dr. Thomas Michalak.


From left: Dr. Rod Russell, Heidi Morris, Rebecca Lethbridge and  Dr. Amin Shakhawat.


From left: Dr. Don McKay, Dr. Cathy Donovan, Jennifer LeMessurier, Dr. Penny Moody-Corbett and Dean James Rourke.


From left:  Melody Morton Ninomiya, Dr. Fern Brunger, Dr. Karen Mearow and Neva Fudge.


Lin Ling and Ed Randell.


 
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