More than 200 of Canada’s top health research graduate and doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows will be in Winnipeg for the 2009 Canadian Student Health Research Forum June 2-4, 2009. Hosted by the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine at the Bannatyne Campus, the Forum provides participants with an opportunity to present and showcase their research, network with one another and be recognized for the excellence of their scientific discovery.
The Canadian Student Health Research Forum, now in its 22nd year, also features research poster days, awards of excellence, tours and social events as well as a one-day symposium on a cross-disciplinary scientific theme by some of the world's leading scientists. This year’s symposium theme, Molecular Imaging - Transforming Healthcare, focuses on an area of research that has opened new approaches to visualizing intracellular events that are important to diagnosing and treating everything from Alzheimer’s to Heart Disease.
“Health research at the University of Manitoba happens across disciplines and we need to connect trainees so they can learn from each other and form new collaborations,” said Dr. Ed Kroeger, Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies, Faculty of Medicine. “Through the Canadian Student Health Research Forum, students are connecting with fellow top student investigators from across the country.”
The University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine is also hosting the inaugural Canadian National Medical Student Research Symposium at Bannatyne campus June 2 -4, integrated into the Canadian Student Health Research Forum. More than 30 of Canada’s top medical student researchers from across the country will join 60 University of Manitoba medical student researchers to present their research and compete for recognition at the national level. The participants will be judged by clinicians, basic scientists and medical students.
“It’s important for medical students to realize they are not doing research in a vacuum,” said Dr. David Eisenstat, Director, Advanced Degrees in Medicine Program, Faculty of Medicine. “They are part of the clinician-scientists of the future and meeting fellow medical students and graduate students engaged in cutting-edge research is inspiring and helps them understand how discoveries made in a laboratory are rapidly brought to the clinic.”
The symposium also features a keynote address by Dr. Don Redelmeier of the University of Toronto on “How to Destroy Your Career in Academic Medicine” on Wednesday, June 3 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm in the Frederic Gaspard Theatre (formerly Theatre A), Basic Medical Sciences Building, 727 McDermot Ave. Dr. Redelmeier, well-known for research on the association between cell phone use and car crashes, finds medical relevance to everyday activities.
Dr. Frank Plummer, University of Manitoba Professor of Medical Microbiology and Scientific Director General, Public Health Agency of Canada will address the Canadian National Medical Student Research Symposium on Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 8:30 p.m. at the Fairmont Hotel on the emerging swine flu H1N1 outbreak.
Meanwhile, the 200 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows at the Canadian Health Student Research Forum will participate in a symposium focused on Molecular Imaging – Transforming Healthcare on Thursday, June 4, 2009. It will feature the following speakers in the Frederic Gaspard Theatre (formerly Theatre A), Basic Medical Sciences Building, 727 McDermot Avenue:
• 9:15 a.m.: “A Small Animal Simultaneous PET/MRI Scanner”
Dr. Russell E. Jacobs, Beckman Institute, California Institute of Technology
• 10:45 a.m.: “Molecular Imaging of Oncogenic Events in Cancer”
Dr. Alnawaz Rehemtulla, Centre for Molecular Imaging, University of Michigan Medical School
• 2:00 p.m.: “Advancing drug discovery through functional imaging”
Dr. Thomas J. Ruth, Senior Research Scientist, TRIUMF/BC Cancer Agency, University of British Columbia
• 3:15 p.m.: “Causes and clinical consequences of unstable cancer genomes”
Dr. Jeremy Squire, Professor, Ontario Cancer Institute and Princess Margaret Hospital, University of Toronto
• 4:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony including 18 Manitoba awards, 15 National awards and 7 major awards.
A Poster Session and Presentation of Recognition Awards (Graduate Students Association Award for Distinction in Mentorship, Heart and Stroke Foundation Award, Dr. Kenneth Hughes Young Investigator Award, and Dr. Aubie Angel Young Investigator Award) will be held in Thursday, June 4, 2009 starting at 11:45 a.m. in Brodie Atrium.