News at Medicine - May 2014 - Awards luncheon celebrates graduate student success

 
Awards luncheon celebrates graduate student success
May 9, 2014
Whether they do research in a biomedical lab or in the community, the Faculty of Medicine’s graduate students continuously show that they work hard and win awards. On May 1 these awards were acknowledged and celebrated at the annual Graduate Student Achievement Awards luncheon at R. Gushue Hall.
 
 
Dr. Reza Tabrizchi, associate dean for research and graduate studies, spoke enthusiastically about the support offered over the past decade from Dr. James Rourke, dean of medicine. 
 
“This is the 10th anniversary for our Dean Rourke, who became dean of medicine in the spring of 2004. When he came, the Office of Research and Graduate Studies was in transition – over the last decade he has initiated many programs to help us prosper. Our graduate student population varies from year to year but in 2012 we had over 250 graduate students.”
 
Dr. Tabrizchi said when you look at commitment, “Dr. Rourke is a star.”
 
“At Research and Graduate Studies we have to look and see how, and in what ways, we can grow,” said the associate dean. “Dr. Rourke has been extremely generous in funding graduate studies, although it’s always behind the scenes. He’s increased funding to Research and Graduate Studies to allow for a greater number of stipends to be given to graduate students. As well, he’s increased the number of Dean’s Fellowships to both master’s and doctoral students. He’s also been very supportive of summer studentships through the Summer Undergraduate Research Awards (SURA)   program, which provides a path for students to enter the Faculty of Medicine as graduate students.”
Dr. Tabrizchi said when Dr. Rourke became dean of medicine, internal funding for research was approximately $30,000. “He has grown that fund to over $300,000 and allowed us to expand 10-fold.”
 
In his remarks, Dean Rourke emphasized that graduate students are a vital part of research and education in the Faculty of Medicine. “It takes bright ideas, hard work and dedication to be successful in graduate studies. Our students are supported by their supervisors and this is such an important working relationship. Beyond the supervisors, our graduate students and our research programs are supported by everyone working in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, led by associate dean Dr. Reza Tabrizchi and assistant dean Dr. Jules Doré, as well as the resources of the university.”
 
The dean said that tremendous progress is being made in the expansion of research and graduate studies. “This will accelerate in the coming year as genetics research facilities move into the new Craig L. Dobbin Genetics Research Centre. We all look forward to positive growth and great discoveries in our future.”
 
The following photos taken at the luncheon May 1 illustrate some of the awards recognized at the event. A complete list of awards follows these photos.
 
Dean James Rourke (right) with Dean Fellowship winners (from left): Daniel Evans (M.Sc.), Amy Powell (M.Sc.), Robyn Byrne (M.Sc.), Atefeh Ghorbani (PhD) and Zhi Chen (M.Sc.).
 
Robyn Byrne, left, received the MGSS Scholar and Community Involvement Award (M.Sc.) and a Faculty of Medicine Dean’s Fellowship Award (M.Sc.). These were presented by Dr. Jules Doré, assistant dean for graduate studies.
 
Among her awards, Kerri Smith received the MGSS Scholar and Community Involvement Award (PhD); her name will go on this plaque. She also received the Mary Pater Award (the Program Prize for Cancer and Development). 
 
Jennifer Woodrow received the Dr. Jorge Segovia Scholarship in Health Services Research; her name will go on this plaque.
 
Hassan Kofahi, received the Genevieve and Roberta Colman Graduate Student Award; his name will go on this plaque.
 
Division of Community Health and Humanities group shot. From left (back):  Jennifer Woodrow, Rachel Landy, Melody Morton-Ninomiya, Zhi Chen and Dr. Cathy Donovan. Front, from left: Drs. Barba Roebothan and Peter Wang, Shauna Wells and staff member Christa McGrath.
 
From left: Dr. Jules Doré, Kerri Smith (PhD candidate, Cancer and Development graduate program); Clare Lewis (M.Sc. candidate, Cancer and Development graduate program); Zoha Rabie (M.Sc. candidate, Genetics graduate program) and Dr. Ann Dorward.
 
From left: Dr. Mani Larijani, Nathan Taylor, Hassan Kofahi, Justin King, Atefeh Ghorbani and Dr. Ken Hirasawa
 
Atefeh Ghorbani, Dr. Mani Larijani and Justin King
 
From left: Amy Powell, Robyn Byrne, Dr. Mike Woods and Daniel Evans.
 
From left: Lydia Dan and Dr. Sevtap Savas
 
From left: Zhi Cheng, Dr. Peter Wang and Jennifer Woodrow


PhD student Pardis Pedram and her supervisor, Dr. Guang Sun
 
LIST OF AWARDS
 
Nelly Abdel-Fatah, supervised by Dr. Terry-Lynn Young, received the Program Prize for Genetics – Best Publication Record for a PhD candidate.
 
Adeolu Adegoke, supervised by Dr. Michael Grant, received the CHVI R&D Alliance Coordinating Office (ACO) to attend the 23rd Annual Conference on HIV/AIDS Research (CAHR 2014); he also received the Academic Scholarship in Vaccine Research from the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative (CHVI).
 
Phillip Andrews, supervised by Drs. Kenneth Kao and Cathy Popadiuk, received the silver medal at the Canadian Student Health Research Forum.
 
Erfan Aref Eshghi, supervised by Dr. Guangju Zhai and Roger Green, received the Faculty of Medicine’s Dean’s Fellowship Award (PhD).
 
Michael Bartellas, supervised by Drs. Rick Audas and Olga Heath, received the Program Prize for Applied Health Services Research (highest academic average) and a Faculty of Medicine Graduate Scholarship.
 
Natasha Belanger-Willoughby, supervised by Dr. Michiru Hirasawa, received the Program Prize for Neuroscience – Outstanding Senior MSc Presentation at the Golden Synapse Symposium; and Best Presentation 2013 at the Canadian Neurometabolic Cub Meeting (Toronto).
 
Cassidy Brothers, supervised by Dr. Marshall Godwin, received the Program Prize for Clinical Epidemiology (highest academic average).
 
Robyn Byrne, supervised by Dr. Michael Woods, received a Faculty of Medicine Dean’s Fellowship Award (M.Sc.) and the MGSS Scholar and Community Involvement Award (M.Sc.)
 
Zhi Chen, supervised by Dr. Peter Wang, received a Faculty of Medicine Dean’s Fellowship (M.Sc.).
 
Lydia Dan, supervised by Dr. Sevtap Savas, received the Program Prize for Genetics – Best Publication Record for M.Sc. Candidate.
 
Alexander Dias, supervised by Drs. Michiru Hirasawa and Ken Hirasawa, received the Program Prize for Neuroscience – Outstanding First Year M.Sc. Presentation at the Golden Synapse Symposium.
 
Sarah Dinn, supervised by Drs. Daniel MacPhee and Karen Mearow, received the Program Prize for Cancer & Development Mary O’Neill Award
 
Rowan El-Bialy, supervised by Dr. Shree Mulay, received the CIHR-Master’s Award – Regional Partnership Program; a Faculty of Medicine Dean’s Fellowship Award (M.Sc.); the Dr. Alfred T.H. Burness Graduate Award; and the Barrowman Travel Award in Community Health and Humanities (co-winner).
 
Daniel Evans, supervised by Dr. Mike Woods, received a Faculty of Medicine Dean’s Fellowship (M.Sc.).
 
Atefeh Ghorbani, supervised by Dr. Mani Larijani, received a Faculty of Medicine Dean’s Fellowship (PhD).
 
Madison Giles, supervised by Drs. Rebecca Schiff and James Valcour, received a CIHR Master’s Award – HIV AIDS Community Based Research (Aboriginal Stream); the Barrowman Travel Award in Community Health and Humanities (co-winner); and funding from the Northern Scientific Training Program.
 
Mark Hayward, supervised by Drs. Bryan Curtis and Sean Murphy, received the Athletics Northeast Running Club Award for Varsity Cross-Country.
 
Joy Hopley, supervised by Dr. Bruce Van Vliet, received the Program Prize for Cardiovascular and Renal Sciences (highest academic average.
 
Justin King, supervised by Dr. Mani Larijani, received the Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship Frederick CIHR Doctoral Award; the Dean M. Ian Bowmer Graduate Travel Award in Medicine; the Program Prize for Immunology and Infectious Diseases – Best PhD Presentation at IID Symposium; a Canadian Society for Immunology (CSI) Travel Award; and the Terry Fox Research Institute Travel Award.
 
Hassan Kofahi, supervised by Dr. Rodney Russell and Dr. Michael Grant, received a National Research Training Program in Hepatitis-C PhD Fellowship; the Genevieve and Roberta Colman Graduate Student Award; and the Program Prize for Immunology and Infectious Diseases – Best Overall Presentation at IID Symposium.
 
Rachel Landy, supervised by Drs. Natalie Beausoleil and Dr. Mario Blaser, received the CIHR Doctoral Research Award-HIV AIDS Community Based Research (Aboriginal Stream); funding from the Northern Scientific Training Program; the Laverne Monette Award – CIHR Social Research Centre in HIV Prevention; a travel and conference scholarship from WisePractices IV, Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network; an Atlantic Aboriginal Health Research Program Travel Scholarship; and a conference scholarship for the Association for the Social Sciences and Humanities Conference.
 
Clare Lewis, supervised by Drs. Ann Dorward and Jules Doré, received a CIHR Institute Community Support (ICS) Travel Award.
 
Victoria Linehan, supervised by Dr. Michiru Hirasawa, received a CIHR Doctoral Research Award – Regional Partnership Program; a Faculty of Medicine Dean’s Fellowship (PhD); the Program Prize for Neuroscience – Outstanding Presentation at the Golden Synapse Symposium; and the William H. and Bertha Baird Memorial Scholarship.
 
Zack Marshall, supervised by Drs. Chris Kaposy and Fern Brunger, received a CIHR Fellowship Award – Research & Development Corporation (RDC) Leveraged Award; a CIHR Grant for Shifting Sands and Rising Tides: Toward an understanding of the sexual health and related health CARE risks and needs of migratory workers; a CIHR Meetings Grant (Identifying social and systematic barriers to health and well-being for young gender non-conforming males and transgender boys in Canada); and a CIHR Operating Grant (Prioritizing community engagement and involvement in understanding HIV among people who use drugs in Ottawa: PROUD Study).
 
Amelia Moffatt, supervised by Dr. Marshall Godwin, received the Program Prize for Clinical Epidemiology (second highest academic average).
 
Karla Morrissey, supervised by Dr. Robert Gendron Hélène Paradis, received the Program Prize for Cancer and Development – Best Poster Presentation at the Symposium.
 
Melody Morton-Ninomiya, supervised by Dr. Fern Brunger, received the 2014 SWAAC Graduate Student Merit Award; and a CIHR – Dissemination Events – Priority Announcement: First Nation, Inuit and Métis Health.
 
Pardis Pedram, supervised by Dr. Guang Sun, received a Janeway Foundation Research Grant; and a Pat Simonds Travel Grant to attend the 31st Annual Scientific Meeting of the OBESITY Society, Atlanta, GA.
 
Amy Powell, supervised by Dr. Mike Woods, received an NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (M.Sc.), a School of Graduate Studies F.A. Aldrich Fellowship; and a Faculty of Medicine Dean’s Fellowship (M.Sc.)
 
Zoha Rabie, supervised by Dr. Ann Dorward, received a CIHR Institute Community Support (ICS) Travel Award
 
Kerri Smith, supervised by Dr. Ann Dorward, received a CIHR Doctoral Research Award – Regional Partnership Program; the Program Prize for Cancer and Development – Mary Pater Award; a CIHR Institute Community Support (ICS) Travel Award; a Canadian Cancer Society Travel Award, a Travel Award to attend the 7th Canadian Conference on Ovarian Research; and the MGSS Scholar and Community Involvement Award (PhD).
 
Nathan Taylor, supervised by Dr. Rodney Russell, received a Program Prize for Immunology and Infectious Diseases – Best M.Sc. Presentation at IID Symposium.
 
Kalen Thomson, supervised by Dr. Atanu Sarkar, received the Mitacs Accelerate – Fay Environmental Partner and IRDI Program Fund Grant.
 
Michael Wahl, supervised by Dr. Gerry Mugford, received the Mitacs Accelerate – Husky Oil Operations Ltd. Partner and IRDI Program Fund Grant.
 
Valerie Webber, supervised by Dr. Catherine Donovan, received the Program Prize for Masters in Public Health (MPH) – Highest academic average.
 
Shauna Wells, supervised by Dr. Rick Audas, received a Faculty of Medicine Graduate Scholarship.
 
Jennifer Woodrow, supervised by Dr. Peter Wang, received the Dr. Jorge Segovia Scholarship in Health Services Research.
 
Yun Zhu, supervised by Dr. Peter Wang, received the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute Graduate Fellowship.
 
Donors recognized at this event included Brenda Burness; family and friends of the late Dr. Alfred T.H. Burness; family of the late Genevieve and Roberta Colman; Dr. M. Ian Bowmer and friends; family and friends of the late Dr. Jorge Segovia; family and friends of the late Dr. James Barrowman; Office of the Dean, Faculty of Medicine; School of Graduate Studies, Memorial University the taxpayers of Canada and the taxpayers of Newfoundland and Labrador, along with the many individuals, agencies and organizations that have supported graduate students in the Faculty of Medicine.
 
The graduate student co-ordinators are: Dr. Rick Audas, Applied Health Services Research; Dr. Ann Dorward, Cancer and Development; Dr. John McGuire, Cardiovascular and Renal Sciences; Drs. Gerry Mugford and. Sean Murphy, Clinical Epidemiology, Dr. Barbara Roebothan, Community Health and Humanities; Dr. Roger Green, Genetics; Dr. Chris Kaposy, Health Ethics, Dr. Ken Hirasawa, Immunology and Infectious Diseases; Dr. Catherine Donovan, Public Health; and Dr. Michiru Hirasawa, Neuroscience.
 
The Graduate Studies Committee program co-ordinators are: Ian Short, president of the Medical Graduate Student Society; Dr. Karen Mearow, associate dean, BioMedical Sciences; Dr. Shree Mulay, associate dean, Community Health and Humanities; Dr. Reza Tabrizchi , associate dean, Research and Graduate Studies; and Dr. Jules Doré, assistant dean, Research and Graduate Studies (chair).
 
Staff members of the Office of Research and Graduate Studies are Paula Browne, Amy Carroll, Angela Dunn, Dale Humphries, Rhonda Roebotham and Patricia Whelan.