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Research and Graduate Studies in the News

April 24, 2018
Within the span of two weeks, four prestigious honours with the combined value of approximately $90,000 were awarded to graduate students in the Division of BioMedical Sciences.
April 9, 2018
Graduate student Emilie Comeau will be presenting her research at the 2018 Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) Conference thanks to a travel award from the Mark Wainberg Fund.
February 1, 2018
Gerissa Fowler, a first year master’s student in the Discipline of Genetics, is the recipient of two recent scholarships.
January 23, 2018
Two learners from the Faculty of Medicine received awards that will help them with their cancer research.
August 29, 2017
“There are not many times in your life that you can point to and say that that’s when everything changed for me, but May 3 was one of those days. It was the most intense feeling of relief I’ve ever had,” said Ms. Sutherland. “I can hardly express how fortunate I feel to have been given this opportunity of a lifetime.”
June 2, 2017
A Faculty of Medicine graduate student, Nathan Taylor, has helped launch a Healthy Cities Working Group with a non-profit organization to promote the idea of Health for All in St. John’s.
February 9, 2017
Genetics master's student, Rebecca Power, has been recognized with a national award, "Sail Canada's Instructor of the Year".
December 13, 2016
Memorial University’s St. John’s and Marine Institute campuses are closed for the remainder of the day and evening for all faculty, staff and students. The Memorial University Childcare Centre is also closed.
November 16, 2016
A researcher in the Faculty of Medicine is hoping her latest project will mean healthier children in Newfoundland and Labrador.
September 1, 2016
PhD student Yun Zhu recently received a silver award at the 2016 Canadian Institute of Health Researchers (CIHR) national student research poster competition.
August 17, 2016
For Rachel Landy, there’s a natural bond between the creative arts and medicine.

As part of her doctoral research, Ms. Landy is looking at ways the arts can help communicate information, reduce stigma and prevent HIV infection with a number of populations, including Aboriginal youth.
August 2, 2016
Yajun Yu, a first-year PhD student in the Discipline of Genetics gave an oral presentation on colorectal cancer and genetic markers of patient outcomes at the Target Meeting’s 4th World Cancer Online Conference held between May 17 and May 19, 2016.  Yajun is supervised by Dr. Sevtap Savas.
June 9, 2016
On June 2, 2016 the Discipline of Genetics had three students graduate during Memorial University's 2016 Convocation – Dr. Erfan Aref-Eshghi, Ms. Amy Powell and Mr. Salem Werdyani. The discipline would like to wish them the best of luck in their new endeavors and thanks them for their hard work and dedication to the field of human genetics. 
May 13, 2016
On April 14th, 2016 the Discipline held its fifth research forum. Students in the Human Genetics Graduate Program spoke on their ongoing work which ranges from gene discovery projects in colorectal cancer, deafness, blindness and intracranial aneurysms, to transcriptome profiling in psoriatic arthritis, to association studies in time to metastasis in colorectal cancer and food addiction and body fat distribution.
April 22, 2016
A respected researcher with worldwide acclaim has received the highest honour for research is his field.
Dr. Proton Rahman is the 2016 recipient of the Distinguished Investigator Award from the Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA).
April 4, 2016
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January 7, 2016
Dr. Pardis Pedram, a PhD candidate, has won the Poster of Excellence Award at the Obesity Society 2015 annual scientific meeting.
November 23, 2015
A leading-edge researcher in spine biomechanics has joined the Memorial University research community as the inaugural Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation Professor in Spine Biomechanics.
November 12, 2015
In 2015, Dr. Darren O’Rielly published an article in a prestigious international journal for their research on a form of arthritis that impacts many people of all ages in the community.
October 21, 2015
Originally from Calgary, Alta., new graduate Patricia Harper came to Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine to study genetics in Newfoundland and Labrador.
October 20, 2015
Lauren Fogarty came to the Faculty of Medicine to study neuroscience and left with so much more.
September 16, 2015
To promote and acknowledge members of the Faculty of Medicine for excellence in both research and service, Dean James Rourke has launched the 2015 Excellence Awards.
September 2, 2015
A new study that was conducted in Newfoundland and Labrador has looked at the diagnostic yield of two newer genetic testing methods among children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In some cases, the ASD-associated genetic changes result in targeted medical treatment of the child at an earlier age.
September 1, 2015
Although it is well known that hypothyroidism is the most common thyroid disorder in North America and women more likely than men to develop the disease, there are very few studies about thyroid status of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. An intriguing question has been does the environment influence thyroid status, especially those of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians?
August 12, 2015
An associate professor of social science and health at the Faculty of Medicine has won the 2015 Dr. Wallace Ingram Award.
June 24, 2015
Faculty members and graduate students from Memorial University are among the recipients of grants and scholarships awarded recently by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
February 17, 2015
Memorial University’s Office of the Vice-President (Research) has launched Research in Focus, a four-part video series that recognizes the university’s research aspirations for the next five years. The Faculty of Medicine is featured in the first part of this video series.
An initiative undertaken by the Office of the Vice-President (Research), Research in Focus features three to four videos per installment every two weeks.
November 14, 2014
Salem Werdyani, a third-year master’s student in the human genetics program, gave an invited talk at the 5th UAE National Genetic Diseases Conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, held Sept. 13-17, 2014. His talk was on “Features of the Copy Number Variations (CNVs) in a cohort of colorectal cancer patients.”
November 7, 2014
Two graduate students in human genetics received their degrees at fall convocation.
October 28, 2014
Yue “Toby” Ma, a PhD student supervised by Dr. Christopher Kovacs, won a third award for research excellence this year, the latest being a Travel Award from the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism. 
October 15, 2014
Dr. Cliff Guy, who did his PhD at Memorial under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Michalak, is an author on a number of significant papers.
September 4, 2014
Kalen Thomson, a graduate student in the Faculty of Medicines applied health services research within the division of community health and humanities was recently presented with the CAWQ Philip H. Jones Award for top presentation from a student.
July 21, 2014
Shane Arsenault, who recently graduated with a master of public health degree, is the 2014 recipient of the Chancellor’s Graduate Award and the Fry Family Foundation Graduate Leadership Award.
July 15, 2014
Brian Roome, a recent graduate student from Dr. Jacqueline Vanderluit’s laboratory, is author of the paper titled A reproducible Endothelin-1 model of forelimb motor cortex stroke in the mouse, published in the Aug. 15 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience Methods. This work is based on his M.Sc. thesis in neuroscience in the Faculty of Medicine.
June 11, 2014
Asan Haja Mohideen and Ashar Pirzada have completed their M.Sc. (human genetics) and convocated in May 2014.
June 4, 2014
PhD student Yue (Toby) Ma has won another prestigious award based on his research work in the laboratory of his supervisor, Dr. Christopher Kovacs, professor of medicine (endocrinology). He is a winner of an international competition to receive an American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) Young Investigator Award.
June 4, 2014
Lydia Annabel Dan, a master’s student in the Discipline of Genetics supervised by Dr. Sevtap Savas, made a poster presentation at the third annual Canadian Human and Statistical Genetics meeting on May 4 in Victoria B.C.
June 4, 2014
A paper recently published by Farrell Cahill, a PhD student supervised by Dr. Guang Sun, professor of medicine, has evidence to suggest that the appetite suppressing hormone Peptide YY (PYY) is a positively associated with the severity of adiposity among women in the Newfoundland population. 
May 28, 2014
 Dr. Mohammed Uddin, a graduate student alumnus of the Genetics Program in the Faculty of Medicine, is the lead author of the paper titled Brain-expressed exons under purifying selection are enriched for de novo mutations in autism spectrum disorder, published online in the May 25, 2014 issue of the prestigious journal Nature Genetics.
May 26, 2014
Salem Werdyani, a second-year M.Sc. student in the Human Genetics Program, is the winner of the inaugural Medical Graduate Student Society (MGSS) Travel Award in Medicine, valued at $500. He was ranked first by three of the four judges for this award.
May 13, 2014
The road to being a successful PhD student involves dedication and an enthusiastic approach to research. Justin King, a doctoral student in the Immunology and Infectious Disease Program, has received a three-year Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Doctoral fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).   
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.
November 29, 2013
The fall 2013 issue of MUNMED is now available in electronic format. Inside you can find articles on our newest fellows of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences – Dr. Jane Green and Dr. Proton Rahman. This issue features a tribute to the late Dr. Max House, plus features on Dr. Shakti Chandra’s career and outreach activities and the community engagement project Neurofit. 
October 18, 2013
On Thursday, October 17, the Faculty of Medicine was pleased to host Dr. James Hogg. Dr. Hogg gave a lecture as part of the Gairdner National Program lecture series on developing new treatments for chronic lung disease.
October 8, 2013
What values do the public find important in decision making? A public engagement project in central Newfoundland has explored that question through focus group sessions and on-line engagement sessions, and the results are currently being analyzed. 
September 26, 2013
Dr. Pardis Pedram, a PhD student in the Faculty of Medicine, has received $5,000 from the Janeway Research Advisory committee to investigate the role of food addiction and gastrointestinal hormones play in the development of childhood obesity.  
September 19, 2013
Farrell Cahill, a PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Guang Sun in the Faculty of Medicine, has discovered evidence that may shed new light on how the hormone adiponectin may aid to in the attenuation of insulin resistance development during weight gain.
September 6, 2013
Memorial University will host two Get Swabbed! events on campus  next week in conjunction with blood donor clinics, giving students even more ways to help patients in need by registering as stem cell donors. Canadian Blood Services’ OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network is a program dedicated to recruiting healthy, committed volunteer donors for patients in need of blood (hematopoietic) stem cells. 
June 27, 2013
Two graduate students in clinical epidemiology took home awards from the Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics National Student Conference, hosted by the Faculty of Medicine from June 21-23.
June 25, 2013
The achievements of graduate students in the Faculty of Medicine during 2012-13 were celebrated April 30 with a luncheon in the Junior Common Room. Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president of Memorial, and Dr. James Rourke, dean of medicine brought greetings. Dr. Jules Doré, assistant dean for graduate studies (medicine) emceed the event.
May 3, 2013

Faculty of Medicine’s inaugural Research Excellence Awards were held on April 29, 2013. The new annual awards, created by Dean James Rourke, recognize faculty members whose contributions to research in their fields have made them active and valued participants in Memorial’s vibrant research community. 

March 15, 2013
In an effort to promote and acknowledge members of the Faculty of Medicine for excellent research, Dean James Rourke is launching the Research Excellence Awards. Nomination packages should be submitted to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies no later than March 22, 2013.
April 12, 2012
Two graduate students in the Faculty of Medicine have each received a $500 scholarship from the Medical Graduate Student Society (MGSS). PhD student Melody Morton Ninomiya and master’s student David Jerome are the recipients of these new scholarships, which were established with money raised by the MGSS and a top-up of $500 from the Office of Research and Graduate Studies.
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