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Women’s College Research Institute presents best research paper awards and mentorship award to faculty and trainees

On March 26, 2014, Women’s College Research Institute (WCRI) held its 5th Annual Research Paper Presentations and Mentorship Awards Ceremony to recognize and honour the achievements of its scientists and trainees.

“The event was an opportunity to showcase the work of our scientists and trainees and how their research is improving the way patients are cared for and how care is delivered,” says Dr. Paula Rochon, Vice-President, Research. “WCRI researchers have already improved clinical guidelines, how services are delivered to women and their families, and standards for clinical trials.”

Every year since 2010, WCRI scientists and trainees have submitted their best papers published in the previous year to WCRI’s annual best research paper competition. An external scientific committee reviews the submissions and chooses the most outstanding paper in the scientist and trainee categories.

“This year was our best, and most competitive, year ever,” said Dr. Rochon at the event. “We received many excellent submissions that showcased highly relevant and innovative research.”

The event this year attracted staff, students and faculty from Women’s College Hospital and WCRI. Some of the scientists and trainees spoke briefly about their submitted papers, and then the awards were presented. A video of the event can be viewed online.

“This has been an outstanding year,” said Dr. Eleanor Fish, a Canada Research Chair in Women's Health and Immunobiology and member of the scientific committee reviewing the submitted papers. “You can see from the high caliber journals that these studies have been published in, that WCRI is just flying. These studies are translating what we are learning into new healthcare.”

Dr. An-Wen Chan was presented with the best paper award in the scientist category, for his work on the SPIRIT initiative to improve the quality and efficiency of clinical trials. In the trainee category, Dr. Jacob Udell received the best paper award for his research on the influenza vaccine and its effect on reducing cardiovascular disease.

A special mentorship award was presented to Dr. Steven Narod, who for years has demonstrated commitment to mentoring the next generation of researchers. Dr. Narod is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Breast Cancer and senior scientist at WCRI, where he leads the Familial Breast Cancer Research Unit.

“We received such inspiring letters from the individuals who nominated Dr. Narod,” said Dr. Rochon. “His students and colleagues described him as an inspiring mentor who is completely devoted to the field and includes students in his international collaborations to promote unique training opportunities.”

Congratulations to everyone for their exceptional achievements.

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