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Women’s College Research Institute honours outstanding papers and mentorship at 8th annual awards

April 17, 2017

By Lindsay Jolivet

Scientists and staff celebrated outstanding research and dedicated mentorship at Women’s College Research Institute (WCRI) during the 8th annual Outstanding Paper & Mentorship Awards on March 29.

Joanne Kotsopoulos, PhD, received this year’s Mentorship Award for her commitment to supporting trainees. Her nominators described her as approachable, sincere, an astounding mentor and a phenomenal researcher.

“The individuals who nominated Joanne said she continuously ensures she is available to support students at all stages of their projects and creates a positive learning environment,” said Dr. Paula Rochon, vice-president of research at Women’s College Hospital.

An expert panel chaired by Dr. Eleanor Fish, an adjunct scientist at WCRI, selected the recipients for the Mentorship Award and Outstanding Paper Awards recognizing research published in 2016. Nominees presented their research to the audience before Dr. Fish announced the recipients in the scientist and trainee categories.

Scientist Dr. Iliana Lega received the Outstanding Paper Award for her paper published in Cancer showing that people with diabetes have a high risk of cancer diagnosis before and shortly after their diabetes is diagnosed. Shana Kim received the Outstanding Paper Award in the trainee category for her study showing that elevated plasma folate concentrations may be associated with a higher risk of breast cancer in carriers of BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations. The paper was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

“I would like to congratulate all of you on your exceptional work,” said Marilyn Emery, president and CEO of Women’s College Hospital, in her opening remarks. “I am proud that we continue to be the leader in research that advances the health of women – not only for the patients we care for in our hospital but across the country and around the world.”

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