21 December 2015

Annual Report 2015

2015 Annual Report for the year ended June 30 2015.

10 December 2015

11 prizes awarded for top abstracts and posters at CSCI-CITAC Young Investigators Forum

Dr Madhur Nayan, Toronto, presenting his research at the CSCI-CITAC annual meeting

Dr Madhur Nayan, Toronto, presenting his research at the CSCI-CITAC annual meeting

The Banting Research Foundation awarded 11 prizes for top oral abstracts and posters at the Young Investigators Forum at the 2015 annual meetings of the Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation (CSCI) and the Clinician Investigator Trainee Association of Canada (CITAC).
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30 November 2015

Friesen Prize public forum 2015

The Banting Research Foundation has partnered with the Royal Canadian Institute for Science and Friends of CIHR to support the 2015 Henry G. Friesen International Prize Program and its expert roundtable discussions informing the contribution of discovery science and graduate programs to the health of all Canadians. The 2015 Friesen Prize winner is Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society and Director and Chief Executive, The Francis Crick Institute. He will present a public lecture, “The Fundamental Significance of Discovery Science in the Creative Process,” on December 7 at the University of Ottawa.
Register here to attend the public forum lecture.
www.fcihr.ca/prize/friesen-prize-public-forum

2015 POSTER – English – Friesen Prize Public Forum Lecture – Sir Paul Nurse – December 7, 2015

2015 POSTER – French – Friesen Prize Public Forum Lecture – Sir Paul Nurse – December 7, 2015

24 August 2015

Grant Recipients 2015

In 2015, the following early-career researchers received Banting Research Foundation Discovery Awards:

Jeffrey Chen, PhD, University of Saskatchewan
Towards a next generation of superior BCG tuberculosis vaccines

Jeremy Hirota, PhD, University of British Columbia
A 3D-printed human airway model for studying respiratory mucosal immune responses

Petra Kienesberger, PhD, Dalhousie University
Role of the adipokine autotaxin in obesity-associated insulin resistance

Morgan Langille, PhD, Dalhousie University
Design and implementation of a human microbiome interaction database

Joon Lee, PhD, University of Waterloo
Personalized predictive analytics based on electronic medical data and patient similarity metrics

Catherine Martel, PhD, Université de Montréal
Lymphatic vessel function in atherosclerosis

Michael Suits, PhD, Wilfrid Laurier University
Protein structure-function relationships in periodontal disease

21 August 2015

Jeffrey Chen, PhD

VIDO-InterVac, University of Saskatchewan

Towards a next generation of superior BCG tuberculosis vaccines

(Photo: Trenna Brusky, VIDO InterVac)

(Photo: Trenna Brusky, VIDO InterVac)

Tuberculosis is a serious global health problem, with one-third of the world’s population having been infected by the infectious agent, Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The only available tuberculosis vaccine, live M. bovis BCG vaccine, has an excellent record in protecting infants, but works poorly in adolescents and adults. Therefore, better tuberculosis vaccines are urgently required. READ THE WHOLE STORY »

21 August 2015

Jeremy Hirota, PhD

Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia

A 3D-printed human airway model for studying respiratory mucosal immune responses

Jeremy Hirota

Jeremy Hirota

Exposure to allergens and air pollutants in the air we breathe can lead to “lung attacks” in individuals with lung diseases, but it is unclear how this happens and what we can do to stop it. Dr Hirota’s research group studies how exposure to inhaled allergens and air pollution causes irritation and swelling (inflammation) in the lungs, leading to difficulty breathing, and how this causes lung attacks. READ THE WHOLE STORY »

21 August 2015

Petra Kienesberger, PhD

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Dalhousie University

Role of the adipokine autotaxin in obesity-associated insulin resistance

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Insulin resistance, a major complication of obesity, is a condition where tissues such as skeletal muscle become unresponsive to the blood sugar-lowering hormone insulin. Insulin resistance can lead to type 2 diabetes, which is associated with a shorter life expectancy. Fat tissue releases proteins that influence insulin resistance in obesity. One of these recently identified fat-derived proteins is autotaxin. READ THE WHOLE STORY »

21 August 2015

Morgan Langille, PhD

Department of Pharmacology, Dalhousie University

Design and implementation of a human microbiome interaction database

It is becoming increasingly apparent that the microbes living on and in our bodies, called the human microbiome, are important for human health. These microbes help with the digestion of food, defend against unwanted pathogens, stimulate and keep our immune systems in check, and synthesize essential vitamins. In addition, changes in the microbiome have been linked to various diseases and health concerns such as obesity, irritable bowel disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and various autoimmune diseases. READ THE WHOLE STORY »

21 August 2015

Joon Lee, PhD

School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo

Personalized predictive analytics based on electronic medical data and patient similarity metrics

A regular group meeting of the Health Data Science Lab at the University of Waterloo

A regular group meeting of the Health Data Science Lab at the University of Waterloo


As hospitals and doctors’ offices in Canada rapidly adopt electronic medical records (EMRs), the enormous clinical value of ever-increasing EMR data is receiving the spotlight. In particular, massive EMR data can facilitate personalized medical treatment through identification and analysis of past patients who are similar to a current patient. READ THE WHOLE STORY »

21 August 2015

Catherine Martel, PhD

Department of Medicine, Université de Montréal/ Montreal Heart Institute Research Centre

Lymphatic vessel function in atherosclerosis

Martel lab group, left to right, François Dallaire, Andreea Milasan, Catherine Martel (Photo: Jonathan B. Béland)

Martel lab group, left to right, François Dallaire, Andreea Milasan, Catherine Martel (Photo: Jonathan B. Béland)

High blood cholesterol is an important risk factor for cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is called “good cholesterol” because it transports cholesterol away from tissues, such as the blood vessel walls, carrying cholesterol through the blood circulation for eventual excretion through the intestines. Unfortunately, the clinical outcomes aiming at increasing levels of circulating HDL have not been as successful as expected READ THE WHOLE STORY »

21 August 2015

Michael Suits, PhD

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Wilfrid Laurier University

Protein structure-function relationships in periodontal disease

Suits_cropped 300wIn the mouth, a wide variety of microorganisms are embedded in biofilms that contribute to periodontal diseases such as gum disease and tooth decay. To understand the contribution of a consortium of periodontal pathogens, including Porphyromonas gingivalis, Tannerella forsythia, and Treponema denticola, to biofilm formation and dental diseases, Dr Suits’ research group will clone, produce and isolate ~40-50 proteins of interest for structure-function characterization. READ THE WHOLE STORY »

27 July 2015

Banting paintings story in Globe and Mail

A story of three small paintings by Frederick Banting appeared on the front page of the Globe and Mail on July 27, 2015.
Unraveling the obscure origins behind a trio of Banting paintings

St Irenee 1931

St Irenee 1931

Quebec village 1931

Quebec village 1931

Penetang 1930

Penetang 1930

22 July 2015

Happy 90th Birthday!

The Banting Research Foundation is 90 years old today!
In 1925 there were no granting agencies or foundations to support biomedical research in Canada. The Banting Research Foundation was established that year both to commemorate the discovery of insulin and to stimulate Canadian biomedical research in other fields.

The inaugural fundraising campaign raised nearly half a million dollars, a considerable sum at the time, from individual and corporate donors. In 1948, the Foundation received a bequest of nearly $1 million from the estate of Kate E Taylor of Toronto. These two endowments represent the principal source of funds our Trustees now disburse annually as Banting Research Foundation Discovery Awards. READ THE WHOLE STORY »

10 July 2015

2015 Discovery Award Recipients

Congratulations to the Banting Research Foundation 2015 Discovery Award recipients. Seven grants were funded in the 2015 competition out of 78 applications. The successful Discovery Award recipients are:
Jeffrey Chen, VIDO-InterVac, University of Saskatchewan
Jeremy Hirota, University of British Columbia
Petra Kienesberger, Dalhousie University
Morgan Langille, Dalhousie University
Joon Lee, University of Waterloo
Catherine Martel, Université de Montréal
Michael Suits, Wilfred Laurier University

6 July 2015

Dr Aubie Angel named to the Order of Canada

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Congratulations to Dr Aubie Angel, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Banting Research Foundation, on his appointment to the Order of Canada. Dr Angel was recognized for his contributions to endocrinology and to the establishment of health organizations in Canada.
The Order of Canada is the cornerstone of the Canadian Honours System, and recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

24 February 2015

Annual Report 2014

2014 Annual Report for the year ended June 30 2014.

19 February 2015

Why we fund young scientists

An article just published in Nature (18 February 2015), “Young scientists go for fresh ideas,” says that junior biomedical researchers tend to work on more innovative topics than their senior colleagues do. Authors of the original study analyzed the MEDLINE database and found that young researchers far outpaced older scientists in citing new ideas in their papers.

The Banting Research Foundation focuses its funding on early-career medical researchers who have innovative proposals but inadequate funding to pursue their ideas. READ THE WHOLE STORY »

29 January 2015

Brenda Gallie, MD, appointed to the Order of Canada

In December 2014 it was announced that Brenda Gallie, MD, world-renowned ophthalmologist, would receive the distinction of Member of the Order of Canada. The Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Dr Gallie was recognized for her contributions to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of retinoblastoma, a childhood eye cancer.

Dr Gallie received a Banting Research Foundation grant in 1983, shortly after she was appointed assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Toronto. READ THE WHOLE STORY »

15 January 2015

Support for young clinician scientists

The Banting Research Foundation initiated a new program of support for young clinician scientists at the 2014 annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation. Banting Research Foundation Prizes were awarded to the top six abstracts presented at the Young Investigators Forum for clinician scientists in training.
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15 January 2015

Dave Richard identifies key target for malaria prevention and treatment

Dave Richard, PhD, at Université Laval reports that with the funds provided by his 2013 Banting Research Foundation grant his team was able to identify and characterize a protein involved in the generation of specific parts of the malarial parasite cell. This is a critical step in developing vaccines and new medications for malaria. His article on this work will be the laboratory’s first on their malaria cell biology work. READ THE WHOLE STORY »

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