26 August 2016

Moriarty lab shows how Lyme disease bacteria spread through the body

Tara Moriarty PhD and PhD student Rhodaba Ebady at the University of Toronto have developed an imaging system that is able to show how bacterial cells move through blood vessels to infect other parts of the body. Using the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, they showed how bacterial cells attach themselves to the inner surface of blood vessels with tether-like structures, grabbing and releasing to move themselves along without being swept away by the forces of blood flow. Knowing the mechanism of this movement is a critical step in the development of therapeutics to treat Lyme disease and other similar infections. READ THE WHOLE STORY »

16 May 2016

Janet Rossant, PhD, invested to the Order of Canada

Governor General David Johnston invests Dr Janet Rossant as a Companion of the Order of Canada. (Photo: Adrian Wyld /Canadian Press)

Governor General David Johnston invests Dr Janet Rossant as a Companion of the Order of Canada. (Photo: Adrian Wyld /Canadian Press)

Dr Janet Rossant was invested into the Order of Canada in a ceremony at Rideau Hall on May 13, 2016. She was appointed in May 2015 to the rank of Companion of the Order of Canada, the highest level within the Order, for advancing the global understanding of embryo development and stem cell biology, and for her national and international leadership in health science.
Earlier in 2016, Dr Rossant was awarded the 2016 Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research, and in 2015, received the prestigious Canada Gairdner Wightman Award for her outstanding scientific contributions to developmental biology and for her exceptional international leadership in stem cell biology and policy-making, and in advancing research programs for children’s illnesses.
Dr Rossant is internationally renowned as a developmental biologist, known for her studies of the genes that control embryonic development. Originally from the UK, she came to Canada in 1977 to assume a faculty position at Brock University. She moved to the University of Toronto in 1985, at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital and then at the Hospital for Sick Children, where she was Chief of Research.
While an assistant professor at Brock University in 1983, Dr Rossant received a grant from the Banting Research Foundation for her early research in developmental biology. She says, “the early support of the Banting Research Foundation was very helpful in setting my course towards the Gairdner Wightman Award.”

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

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 »

25 February 2014

Dr Imogen R Coe named founding Dean of Science at Ryerson University

In August 2012, Imogen R Coe, PhD, was named founding Dean of Ryerson University’s new Faculty of Science. Dr Coe is internationally recognized for her research in the cell biology and biochemistry of a family of membrane transport proteins.

Dr Coe received a Banting Research Foundation grant in 1998 to study the influence of steroid hormones on the uptake of a class of chemotherapy agents in human cells. READ THE WHOLE STORY »

16 July 2013

Dr Tara Moriarty receives an operating grant from CIHR

“The [Banting Research Foundation] grant was essential to the survival and development of my research lab at a very difficult time of funding, and has enabled us to perform key experiments required to obtain more sustained research support.”

Research is an investment in the future, and the progress of our recent grantees is a result of this investment. READ THE WHOLE STORY »

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