Meet some of our notable alumni

Many of our past grants sparked remarkable discoveries that transformed the practice of medicine and surgery, reduced illness and death rates, and propelled many of our recipients to positions of leadership and influence across Canada.
Janet Rossant, CC PhD FRS FRSC
Janet Rossant, CC PhD FRS FRSC
World-renowned expert in developmental biology
Mladen Vranic, OC MD DSc
Mladen Vranic, OC MD DSc
Best known for his work in glucose tracer methodology to study the effects of exercise and stress in diabetes
Adolfo J de Bold, OC PhD FRSC
Adolfo J de Bold, OC PhD FRSC
Best known for his discovery of atrial natriuretic factor
Brenda L Gallie, CM MD FRCSC
Brenda L Gallie, CM MD FRCSC
A world-renowned ophthalmologist, known for her contributions to the science and medicine of retinoblastoma, a childhood eye cancer.
Henry G Friesen, CC MD FRSC FCAHS
Henry G Friesen, CC MD FRSC FCAHS
An internationally renowned endocrinologist best known for the discovery of human prolactin
Charles H Hollenberg, OC MD FRSC
Charles H Hollenberg, OC MD FRSC
A leader in medical education and patient care who influenced academic institutions and teaching hospitals through his many professional...

Meet the 2018 Discovery Award recipients

Congratulations to these early career investigators who successfully competed in a field of 47 applicants from all fields of health and biomedical science.
Kyle Biggar, PhD
Kyle Biggar, PhD
Department of Biology, Carleton University
Identifying new substrates of SMYD3 and their implication in lung cancer development
Dylan Cooke, PhD
Dylan Cooke, PhD
Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University
Mapping of individual variation in brain organization with online detection of EMG activity
Ian Rodrigue-Gervais, PhD
Ian Rodrigue-Gervais, PhD
Department of Infectious Diseases, INRS - Institut Armand-Frappier
Examining the function of mitochondrial proteases in flu pathogenesis
Robert Huber, PhD
Robert Huber, PhD
Department of Biology, Trent University
Using the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum to study Batten disease
Salim Islam, PhD
Salim Islam, PhD
Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology, INRS – Institut Armand-Frappier
Understanding colonization and persistence in bacterial social networking
Nomazulu Dlamini, MD PhD
Nomazulu Dlamini, MD PhD
Division of Neurology, The Hospital for Sick Children
Studying neural network reorganization in dystonia after childhood basal ganglia stroke
Ali Abdul-Sater, PhD
Ali Abdul-Sater, PhD
School of Kinesiology and Health Science, York University
Dissecting the role of TRAF1 in regulating inflammatory and autoimmune diseases
John Trant, PhD
John Trant, PhD
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Windsor
Developing enzymatically-resistant carbohydrate vaccines for treating lung cancer
Rebecca Shapiro, PhD
Rebecca Shapiro, PhD
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Guelph
Using genetic and functional genomic analysis to study antifungal drug resistance in Candida auris

Meet the 2017 Discovery Award recipients

These early career investigators successfully competed in a field of 53 applicants from all fields of health and biomedical science.
Gareth Lim, PhD
Gareth Lim, PhD
CRCHUM, Department of Medicine, Université de Montréal
Targeting the development of fat cells to prevent obesity
Jennifer Gordon, PhD
Jennifer Gordon, PhD
Department of Psychology, University of Regina
Studying estrogen fluctuation as a factor in depression during perimenopause
Julien van Grevenynghe, PhD
Julien van Grevenynghe, PhD
Department of Infectious diseases, immunity, cancer and epidemiology, INRS – Institut Armand-Frappier
Studying the role of autophagy, a natural self-destructive process in cells, in immune response to HIV infection
Catherine Larochelle, MD PhD
Catherine Larochelle, MD PhD
CRCHUM, Department of Neurosciences, Université de Montréal
Studying at a molecular level the contact between T cells and oligodendroctyes, the myelin-producing cells of the central nervous system
Florian Bentzinger, PhD
Florian Bentzinger, PhD
Department of Pharmacology-Physiology, Université de Sherbrooke
Understanding regulatory mechanisms of muscle stem cells and how they are disrupted in aging and disease
Adena Scheer, MD
Adena Scheer, MD
Department of Surgery, St Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute
Developing decision-support tools to reduce communication-related health inequities in breast cancer treatment among minority groups.

Meet the 2016 Discovery Award recipients

These early career investigators successfully competed in a field of 50 applicants from all fields of health and biomedical science.
Kaitlyn McLachlan, PhD
Kaitlyn McLachlan, PhD
Department of Psychology, University of Guelph
Using novel biomarkers to identify adults with FASD
Christopher Dennison, PhD
Christopher Dennison, PhD
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta
Developing new metrics for helmet testing relative to brain injury
Jeanette Boudreau, PhD
Jeanette Boudreau, PhD
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Dalhousie University
Selecting natural killer (NK) cells to kill tumours
Roxane Paulin, PhD
Roxane Paulin, PhD
Department of Medicine, Université Laval
Targeting a molecular receptor to treat pulmonary hypertension
Jeffrey Gagnon, PhD
Jeffrey Gagnon, PhD
Department of Biology, Laurentian University
Regulating ghrelin secretion to reduce appetite
Noam Miller, PhD
Noam Miller, PhD
Department of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University
Studying social behaviour of zebrafish to test medications for social disorders

Where we've funded research

The Banting Research Foundation has funded promising new investigators from across Canada since 1926. Links to investigator profiles for research funded since 2011 are available on this map.