Graduate students receive prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Ten graduate students from several Faculty of Medicine departments were selected to win the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships.

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program, created in 2008, attracts and retains world-class doctoral students and helps establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. Vanier scholars are selected through a competitive process, administered by Canada’s three research granting councils: the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.  Scholarship recipients receive $50,000 a year for up to three years of research.

The 2014 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships winners and their fields of research are:

Vanier Award winner PhD Candidate Nazrul Islam

Vanier Award winner Nazrul Islam

Sonja Babovic, Cell Biology; Developmental changes in human hematopoietic stem cell control and their relevance to leukemia

Philip Edgcumbe, Imaging; Augmented Reality Elastography Navigation Aid (ARENA) for Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery

Alessio Gallina, Muscle, Bone, or Joint; Muscle, bone or joint
Are motor control dysfunctions related to the clinical presentation of knee osteoarthritis?

Bita Imam, Geriatrics; WiiNWalk: Evaluation of the Nintendo Wii Fit to Enhance Walking in Older Adults with Lower Limb Amputation

Nazrul Islam, Population and Public Health; Predictors of online STIs/HIV intervention diffusion patterns across subgroups of young people in British Columbia.

Andrea Jones, Mental Health; Diamond in the rough: Identifying factors of resilience in a socially marginalized population

Victor Li, Health Research; Peptide-mediated clearance of beta-amyloid for Alzheimer’s disease therapy

Erin Macri, Muscle, Bone, or Joint; Patellofemoral joint osteoarthritis: a targeted physiotherapy RCT in an overlooked condition

David Twa, Cancer; The significance of recurrent translocations involving programmed death ligands in non-Hodgkin lymphomas

Alexander Wright, Imaging; A multidisciplinary approach to sport-related head trauma: using biomechanics, cerebrovascular physiology, neurocognitive function, and neuroimaging towards understanding and diagnosing concussion