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Women’s College Research Institute honours its scientists and trainees

from the May 2, 2011 issue of Connect

Women’s College Research Institute honours its scientists and trainees

An ability to lead, a willingness to share one’s knowledge and expertise with others, and the desire to instil confidence in those less experienced are just a few qualities that define a strong mentor. And they are qualities exemplified by Dr. Mona Loutfy, scientist at Women’s College Research Institute and assistant professor, department of medicine at the University of Toronto, who was recently recognized with a Mentorship Award at the WCRI’s 2nd Annual Research Paper Presentations and Awards Ceremony.

“We received so many comments from individuals who nominated Dr. Loutfy,” said Dr. Paula Rochon, vice-president, research. “She has been called an incredible and inspirational mentor, an amazing role model and an inspiring example of a woman at the top of her field.”

Dr. Loutfy acknowledged her award by thanking her colleagues for their support.

“People who know me know how important mentorship is to me. The successes of my trainees are my successes – nothing makes me happier.”

In addition to the Mentorship Award, the WCRI also presented the Outstanding Paper Awards. To compete, participants were asked to submit their best work from the past year.

In the category of Outstanding Paper Award among scientists, Dr. Janice Du Mont was recognized for her research in drug-facilitated sexual assault cases in Ontario.

In the trainee category, the judges couldn’t settle on just one winner, so they selected two recipients. Dr. Taryn Becker was acknowledged for her paper on the risk of acute complications of diabetes among people with schizophrenia, while Sara Guilcher was recognized for her work in cervical cancer screening rates among women with traumatic spinal cord injury.

“I’m personally impressed by the number of participants in today’s program,” said Marilyn Emery, president and CEO, as she addressed the crowd. “It is a true testament to the dedication of our research institute and our scientists.”

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