Bursary Program 2009

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					   High School Health Research Bursary Awards
                        2009 Recognition Ceremony
                          PROGRAM AGENDA
                             OPENING REMARKS
                   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
                          SPONSOR RECOGNITION
                                 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


                                 CLOSING REMARKS
                                  Dr. Salim Yusuf




Signature sponsors provided by:                        In partnership with:
                                                                                                              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.
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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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