News at Medicine - May 2012 - Special occurrence for graduate award

Special occurrence for graduate award
May 18, 2012
On May 17 Brenda Burness had the pleasure of having lunch with two winners of an award named in honour of her late husband, Dr. Alfred Burness. Dr. Rod Russell, now an assistant professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, received the award in 1998 when he was a graduate student at Memorial. This year Heidi Morris, a master’s student supervised by Dr. Russell, is the recipient of the award, valued at $5,000.

Ms. Morris is currently funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and a Faculty of Medicine Deans’ Fellowship. Her work, which has been accepted for oral presentations at two upcoming international research conferences, focuses on understanding the mechanisms responsible for the development of drug resistance against antiviral compounds targeting the hepatitis C virus.

Research and Graduate Studies (medicine) had a new plaque created for the award this year. The Dr. Alfred T.H. Burness Graduate Award in Medicine was established by the generous donations of family and friends of the late Dr. Alfred Burness to commemorate the thoughtful and patient graduate supervision he provided while a faculty member from  1976–1991, and to encourage graduate students to produce work of outstanding quality.

From left: Dr. Rod Russell, Heidi Morris and Brenda Burness with the new plaque commemorating the Dr. Alfred T.H. Burness Graduate Award in Medicine.