2019

Mahsa Jessri, PhD

Department of Food, Nutrition, and Health, University of British Columbia Dietary Patterns and Food Policies: Measuring the Impact on Health With the dramatic increase in life expectancy that occurred during the 20th century, we can be more optimistic than ever that good health is both achievable and sustainable. Unlike smoking, whose contribution to death and…

2019

Andrea Bombak, PhD

Department of Sociology, University of New Brunswick Intersections of Weight Stigma in New Brunswick Weight stigma affects risk for stress, diabetes, and heart disease. Little research has explored how people facing other stigmas (like racism, ageism, or classism) are affected by weight stigma. Place also affects health by making it easier or more difficult to access…

2019

Lindsay Bodell, PhD

Department of PsychologyWestern University Negative Affect and Reward Processing in Individuals with Binge Eating Binge eating is defined by consuming a large amount of food over a short time period and feeling out of control while eating. This behavior is a key feature of eating disorders, affects approximately 10% of the population, and is associated…

2019 Discovery Award Recipients
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2019 Discovery Award Recipients

We are thrilled to announce the Banting Research Foundation 2019 Discovery Award recipients! This year, we were able to fund six projects from outstanding applicants, chosen out of 79 applications. These applicants were the highest ranking in our 2019 peer-reviewed competition. The Banting Research Foundation Discovery Award is unique in that it it focuses on early-career…

Welcome Gerald Lokash
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Welcome Gerald Lokash

We are thrilled to introduce our newest Board member, Mr. Gerald Lokash. Mr. Lokash is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Business Advisor with a multi-industry background in areas such as finance and corporate development. Mr. Lokash has considerable experience having served on a number of not-for-profit organization Boards. We wish Mr. Lokash a very warm…
2018

John Trant, PhD

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Windsor Dendronized enzymatically-resistant carbohydrate vaccines for treating lung cancer Therapeutic vaccines incorporating sugar molecules could provide new cancer treatments. Because over 85% of carcinoma cancer cells, regardless of organ, display the same few sugars on their surface, sugars not found on healthy cells, these sugars are promising targets…

2018

Rebecca Shapiro, PhD

Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Guelph Genetic and functional genomic analysis of antifungal drug resistance in Candida auris Combating infectious disease pathogens is a pressing global health challenge. Due to limited treatment options, fungal pathogens pose a unique challenge, and are emerging as a leading cause of human mortality. The proposed research…

2018

Ian Rodrigue-Gervais, PhD

Department of Infectious Diseases, INRS – Institut Armand-Frappier Function of mitochondrial proteases on inflammation and necrosis in influenza virus pathogenesis Every year, people fall ill with the flu, a respiratory disease caused by the influenza virus. Our main tools for fighting deadly flu outbreaks are vaccines and antiviral drugs. But, despite their availability in Canada,…

2018

Salim Islam, PhD

Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology, INRS – Institut Armand-Frappier Bacterial social networking via outer-membrane extrusion: towards an understanding of colonization and persistence Bacteria can colonize both living and non-living surfaces, leading to the development of a microbial community. However, the manner in which different types of bacterial cells interact with each other in such densely-populated…

2018

Robert Huber, PhD

Department of Biology, Trent University Using the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum to study neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis Mutations in CLN5 cause late-infantile, juvenile, and adults forms of neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (NCL), commonly known as Batten disease. This devastating neurological disorder, which is linked to mutations in 13 genetically distinct genes, affects all ages and ethnicities and…

2018

Nomazulu Dlamini, MD PhD

Division of Neurology, The Hospital for Sick Children Neural network reorganization and maladaptive plasticity in dystonia post childhood basal ganglia stroke Dystonia is a disabling and often painful disorder characterized by involuntary, repetitive muscle contractions, twisting movements and abnormal posturing. It is often resistant to treatment, and many children with dystonia develop fixed deformities with…