High School Health Research Bursary Awards
2009 Recognition Ceremony
RESEARCH AT HAMILTON HEALTH SCIENCES
High School Health Research
Dr. Salim Yusuf
Vice President (Research) & Chief Scientific Officer
Hamilton Health Sciences Bursary Awards
OVERVIEW OF BURSARY AWARDS PROGRAM
Deidre L. Henne
Director of Research & PHRI Chief Operating Officer
Hamilton Health Sciences
2009 Recognition Ceremony
MENTOR SPEECHES AND PRESENTATION OF Friday, August 14, 2009
BURSARY AWARDS AND CERTIFICATES
Dr. Salim Yusuf 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Deidre L. Henne Hamilton General Hospital Site | The David Braley Cardiac, Vascular & Stroke Research Institute (CVSRI) Building
Dr. Salim Yusuf
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A Celebration of Research
SPONSORSHIPS HELP EXPAND BURSARY PROGRAM
This High School Health Research Bursary Awards program was established in 2004.
Since its inception, the number of bursaries offered has increased. The program has
grown thanks in part to the interest from our corporate partners and signature sponsors:
Aviva Traders and Tripemco Burlington Insurance Group Limited, as well as the Ministry
of Research and Innovation. We look forward to another successful year in 2010.
R E S E A R C H B U R S A R Y S T U D E N T P R O F I L E S
These top high school science students had the opportunity to work alongside world-class researchers this summer:
Matt Berardocco, a graduate of St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School in Hamilton, will be attending the BSc Homan Mohammadi has just completed Grade 11 at P.A.C.E. in Richmond Hill. His keen interest in the sciences has
Kinesiology program at McMaster University next year. For as long as he can remember, his dream has been to attend motivated him to pursue a career in the Medical field, more specifically in Cardiology and research relating to this field.
medical school and become a physician or surgeon here in Hamilton.
Dr. P.J. Devereaux is conducting a large international VISION Study to study the vascular complications in patients
Matt spent the summer working with Dr. Alison Fox-Robichaud where he is learning about intravenous fluid constituents undergoing non-cardiac surgery. The study is being conducted in 10 countries and is enrolling 40,000 patients. The
and the potential impact on the inflammatory response. Over the summer he learned about the ethical handling of DataFax System is being used for the receipt and processing of data. Homan has been trained in data management and
research animals, how to do a literature search, and created a series of novel intravenous fluids based on the electrolyte data verification on Datafax. He has worked with a multi-talented team within the Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatics
constituents of plasma. Department.
Shivani Dadwal is a graduate from Turner Fenton Secondary School, who graduated with an International Dominik Nowak is a graduate of St. Francis of Xavier High School in Mississauga. He is currently enrolled at the University
Baccalaureate diploma. She will be attending Queen’s University in the fall for the Life Sciences Programme and aspires of Toronto in the Life Sciences program and future aspirations are to attend Medical School. He also has an interest in Politics.
to become a cardiologist.
Dominik spent the summer working with Dr. Sandeep Raha, studying how obesity can influence the biochemistry of
With Dr. Tej Sheth, Shivani has worked with data from advanced diagnostic imaging technologies, Coronary CT maternal behaviour. Such biochemical influences not only affect the health of the mother, but recent evidence has shown
Angiography (CTA), that is used in the clinical research setting. She has also gained an understanding about safety that the quality of the care affects the biochemistry of the offspring. Dominik has been using imaging and molecular
issues around new technologies. Shivani has had the opportunity to work closely with a Clinical Research Nurse team analysis to understand the correlation between how cells communicate with each other and animal behaviour.
assisting them with chart preparation, patient follow-up and data exchange between academic sites. She has become Understanding these processes will provide important clues towards deciphering how maternal obesity can increase the
familiar with the DataFax System which is a data managemant program used for receipt and processing of study data. probability of disease in the offspring.
Connor Emdin, a graduate of Moira Secondary School in Belleville, plans to become a medical researcher and work Krystn Orr is a sixteen year old female student who has completed her grade eleven year at Sir Allan MacNab
on infectious diseases. He will be studying Life Sciences at the University of Toronto this fall. Secondary School. Her goals are to pursue a career in physiotherapy or sports medicine.
Connor worked with Dr. Jim Mahony’s team developing peptide mimetics and decoy proteins to block essential protein- Krystn worked with Dr. Suzanne Archie on a project which estimated how long it takes for newly treated patients on
protein interactions in bacteria and viruses and prevent infections. He learned how to clone genes, purify recombinant antipsychotic medications to develop a metabolic disturbance such as elevated blood sugars or lipids. Her duties
proteins and assess their roles in disrupting protein interactions and preventing infection of cells with viruses and included collecting data from charts and electronic records, entering the data into the database, and helping to compile
bacteria. the data for analysis.
Chelsea Goodenough, a graduate of Ancaster High School hopes to pursue a career in pediatric medicine. This fall Stephanie Pataracchia has completed grade 11 and currently attends Cathedral High School in Hamilton. This
she will be studying Kinesiology at McMaster University. September she will spend the first semester of grade 12 attending the Ontario Science Centre: Science School in Toronto.
She is planning on entering the field of science and technology and is most interested in genetics and molecular biology.
Chelsea spent the summer working with Dr Alison Holloway, studying the influence of herbal medicines on uterine
contractility and cervical ripening; processes that are key for labour. Chelsea performed a number of basic laboratory This summer, Stephanie worked with Dr. Joseph Macri in the Clinical Proteomics Laboratory at the Hamilton General
techniques, and learned the data analysis methods which are commonly used for the analysis of contractility Hospital. She learned a variety of techniques including western blotting, 2D gel electrophoresis and proteomic analysis
experiments. as part of a research project focused on developing novel biomarkers of Cardiovascular Disease.
Vivian Leung is entering Grade 12 at Abbey Park High School in Oakville. She aspires to become a physician and help Michael Scott is a graduate of Waterdown District High School and will be attending the Sciences program at Queen’s
others in third-world countries receive medical care. She also hopes to continue research in medical sciences to explore University this fall. He plans to complete a degree in Life Sciences before enrolling in medical school.
new, more effective ways to treat and prevent diseases.
This summer, Michael worked with Dr. Michael Walsh to study the rate of acute kidney complications after non cardiac
Vivian spent this summer in Dr. Charu Kaushic’s research laboratory learning about sexually transmitted viral infections surgery and the role of novel markers of kidney disease to more quickly and accurately identify patients at risk of kidney
and their interactions in female genital tract. She learned to maintain human T-cell lines in culture and conducted assays complications. Michael’s role involved the creation of data collection kits, collecting samples from patients, and data
examining the effect of biological factors in LTR driven HIV replication in target T cells. She also completed a short enquiry management and verification. Michael learned about the need for high quality data to ensure valid and reliable results for
project on the effect of hormonal contraceptives on risk of acquisition of sexually transmitted infections. this large biomarker study of 5,000 patients.
Mila Mirceta is a graduate of Glendale Secondary School in Hamilton and will be attending the Life Sciences program Fu An Tsang is a graduate of Northview Heights Secondary School, in North York. This fall Fu An will be attending
at McMaster University this fall. She is certain her career path will lead to a health sciences-oriented profession, most McMaster University for the Integrated Science Programme. With her background in sciences, Fu An plans to pursue a
likely as a family physician yet she is eager to explore other possible scientific careers. career in the Medical field and has a special interesting in Respirology.
This summer, Mila worked with Dr. Adriana Carvalhal on the wHEALTH (Women’s HIV Empowerment and Life Tools for With Dr. Zubin Punthakee, Fu An has supported the central coordination of the GlucoVISION substudy and other
Life) Intervention Study that assess the impact of a proactive strength-based case management approach to help to substudies related to the VISION Study, including, organizational aspects of the large multicentre trial including minutes,
improve mental health and quality of life outcomes for women living with HIV/AIDS. She was responsible for data entry newsletter production, maintenance of Master Study Files, ethics submissions. She has also been involved with study
and analysis, attending patient interviews and team meetings, as well as several other patient-oriented tasks. data transmission, verification, and quality assurance aspects of running a large international study.
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