2022 Discovery Award Recipients Announced


Toronto, ON – The Banting Research Foundation recently announced the outstanding six recipients of the 2022 Discovery Awards.

This award, a one-year grant of up to $30,000, recognizes the highest ranked applicants in an annual peer-reviewed competition for their big bold ideas in innovative health and biomedical research. The award presented since 1925 marks for almost a century of discovery and achievement contributing to a healthier Canada and a better world.

“This year, 48 applicants submitted projects to the Foundation, of whom 20 were women and 28 were men.  We are incredibly excited that 3 of 6 winners are female early-career researchers.  Among the six pilot and feasibility research projects, one has a climate-health link focus.  This project will increase our understanding of the health risks of climate change.  Once again, we are deeply grateful to our partners, donors, and review panel for your support of our Banting Discovery Award program.”  Dr. Catharine Whiteside, Chair of the Board of the Banting Research Foundation.

“The healthcare and biomedical science research communities encourage innovations that quite literally save lives.  Mitacs proudly congratulates this year’s winners of the 97th annual Banting Research Foundation Discovery Awards for their innovation in the field. I also want to congratulate the Banting Research Foundation on awarding 50% of this year’s awards to women – demonstrating the leadership that young women investigators are showing when it comes to lifechanging discovery. I look forward to seeing what’s next for all of you.”  Dr. John Hepburn, CEO of Mitacs.

Warmest congratulations to our 2022 recipients.  An awards party will be held on July 8, 2022 to honour our newest Discovery Awardees.


Banting Discovery Award – Jarislowsky Fellowship

Edward Ian Patterson, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Mathematics and Science, Brock University. 

Project: Exploiting insect-specific viruses to prevent transmission of arthropod-borne viruses.

Banting Discovery Award – Jarislowsky Fellowship

Silvia Pozzi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval.

Project: Unraveling the role of PPIA/EMMPRIN pathway in the communication between Schwann cells and motor neurons in ALS.

Banting-Mitacs Discovery Award

Kimberly Dunham-Snary, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen’s University. 

Project: Mitochondrial-metabolomic fingerprinting in cardiometabolic disease.

Banting-Dystonia Medical Research Discovery Award

Luka Milosevic, Scientist, Clinical and Computational Neuroscience, Krembil Research Institute, University Health Network; Assistant Professor, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto.

Project: Physiologically informed and data-driven methods for advancing neuromodulation therapies in dystonia.

U of T 100th Anniversary Discovery of Insulin Banting Award

Mihai Duduta, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, University of Toronto.

Project: Smart micro-catheters based on electro-mechanical artificial muscles.

Banting Discovery Award      

Amy Huei-Yi Lee, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry (MBB), Faculty of Science, Simon Fraser University. 

Project: Integrated omics and functional analyses to expand the repertoire of surveillance and drug targets in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.