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Celebrating outstanding research and mentorship at WCRI

April 1, 2019

By Sarah Warr

On March 27, Women’s College Research Institute (WCRI) scientist and trainees were celebrated for their outstanding research and mentorship over the past year at the 10th annual Best Paper & Mentorship Awards. Attendees heard about the latest research from some of WCRI’s world-class scientists including cervical cancer screening uptake among HIV-positive women in Ontario, the potential link between eczema and suicide, trends in prevalence and incidence of psoriatic arthritis and more.

“I’m proud to say that once again the quality of the submissions this year were very impressive and reflective of the revolutionary thinking here at WCRI,” noted Dr. Paula Rochon, vice-president, research at Women’s College Hospital (WCH). “Our research is finding the most effective, evidence-based solutions to revolutionize research for a healthier and more equitable world.”

An expert panel comprised of Dr. Eva Grunfield, Carolyn Bennett-Abuayyash, PhD, and Dr. Mandeep Singh selected the recipients for the Mentorship Award and Outstanding Paper Awards. Nominees presented their research findings to the audience before Dr. Rochon announced the award recipients.

Both Outstanding Paper Award recipients were recognized by the panel for the strong clinical implications that their research findings demonstrated. Dr. Ilana Lega received the Outstanding Paper Award in the scientist category for her paper published on the impact of diabetes on breast cancer treatments and outcomes. Dr. Nathan Stall received the Outstanding Paper Award in the trainee category for his paper reviewing informal caregiver distress and health outcomes of community-dwelling dementia care.

Dr. Simone Vigod received this year’s Mentorship Award for her significant contributions to students’ learning at multiple levels including undergraduate students, medical residents and graduate trainees. She was also recognized for her passion for mentoring women in health scientists and creating opportunities to ensure they are supported and prosper in their research careers.

“It is a pleasure to celebrate another successful year of impactful research at Women’s College Hospital where we are addressing critical issues across our healthcare system while making our patients and communities healthier,” remarked Marilyn Emery. “Thank you for your continued efforts to help us close the health gaps for all.”

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