2018 Discovery Award Recipients

Congratulations to the Banting Research Foundation 2018 Discovery Award recipients! We were able to fund nine grants this year, out of 47 applications, thanks to generous support from the McLean Foundation and the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation Canada. The successful 2018 Discovery Award recipients are:

  • Ali Abdul-Sater, PhD, Kinesiology and Health Science, York University, for his project, “Dissecting the role of TRAF1 in regulating inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.”
  • Kyle Biggar, PhD, Biochemistry, Carleton University, for his project, “Identification of new substrates of the histone methyltransferase enzyme, SMYD3, and their implication in lung cancer development.”
  • Dylan Cooke, PhD, Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University, for his project, “Accelerated mapping of individual variation in brain organization with online detection of EMG activity.”
  • Nomazulu Dlamini, MD PhD, Neurology, Hospital for Sick Children, for her project, “Neural network reorganization and maladaptive plasticity in dystonia post childhood basal ganglia stroke: a developmental model for the investigation of the neurobiological substrate of dystonia.”
  • Robert Huber, PhD, Biology, Trent University, for his project, “Using the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum to study neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis.”
  • Salim Timo Islam, PhD,  Microbiology and Biotechnology, Centre INRS – Institut Armand-Frappier, for his project, “Bacterial social networking via outer-membrane extrusion: towards an understanding of colonization and persistence.”
  • Ian Rodrigue-Gervais, PhD, Infectious Diseases, Centre INRS – Institut Armand-Frappier, for his project, “Function of mitochondrial proteases on inflammation and necrosis in influenza virus pathogenesis.”
  • Rebecca Shapiro, PhD, Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Guelph, for her project, “Genetic and functional genomic analysis of antifungal drug resistance in Candida auris.”
  • John Trant, PhD, Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Windsor, for his project, “Dendronized enzymatically-resistant carbohydrate vaccines for treating lung cancer (or stabilized, highly multivalent, carbohydrate-based vaccines as potential cancer therapeutics).”

More about them soon…