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Congratulations to Dr. Julie Ho on Being Selected as the Recipient of the MMSF Dr. F. W. Du Val Clinical Research Professorship Award

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Dr. Julie Ho

Dr. Julie Ho is from the University of Manitoba’s Department of Internal Medicine, Sections of Nephrology and Biomedical Proteomics.

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Julie Ho has been awarded the MMSF Dr. F. W. Du Val Clinical Research Professorship Award. This award is valued at $170,000. The award is given for a period of 3-years during which the MMSF will contribute $50,000 per year towards the salary (including benefits) of the awardee. A one year term grant-in-aid to the appointee of up to $20,000 may be made during the first year of the appointment.

This award is provided with the intent to promote clinical research at the University of Manitoba for the general benefit of health research in Manitoba. The term of the award is for three (3) years, commencing on July 1, 2014. During the tenure of the award the awardee must guarantee a 50% time commitment to research.

Dr. Ho will be focussing her research on “Developing Renal Allograft Surveillance Strategies: From Implantation to Late Post-Transplant”, and summarizes the proposed research as: “Kidney transplantation is the treatment of choice for patients with end-stage kidney disease. However when the transplant fails, patients are forced to go back to dialysis, which is associated with a lower quality of life, higher health care costs and a higher risk of death. Kidney transplant failure commonly results from injury related to different types of inflammation, such as rejection. Although there may be treatment options available for different types of inflammation in the transplant, such as increasing anti-rejection medications, they may not work if the inflammation has damaged the kidney transplant too badly. The goal of this research program is to develop different urine tests that can diagnose these conditions early in the injury process so that effective treatment can be started before kidney transplant scarring, dysfunction or failure occurs. This could lead to personalized medical care to help keep the kidney transplant working for as long as possible. This research will look at three important types of inflammation that occur throughout the lifespan of a kidney transplant, in order to develop a better program of care for kidney transplant patients.”

Thank you to all of the applicants who applied for this award, to the Awards Selection Committee for adjudication of the candidates and to the University of Manitoba for their administrative support to the process.

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Congratulations to Dr. Tomislav Jelic on Being Selected as the 2014 R. Samuel McLaughlin/MMSF Research and Education Fellowship Award in Medicine Recipient

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Dr. Tomislav Jelic

Dr. Tomislav Jelic is from the University of Manitoba’s Department of Emergency Medicine.

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Tomislav Jelic has been awarded the 2014 R. Samuel McLaughlin/MMSF Research and Education Fellowship Award in Medicine. This award is co-sponsored by the Manitoba Medical Service Foundation and the McLaughlin Foundation with each contributing $25,000 for a total award of $50,000 (Canadian). In 2014 the Dean’s Fellowship Fund at the University of Manitoba is also contributing $20,000, valuing this year’s award at $70,000.

This award is provided with the objective of enhancing the scholarship of the Faculty of Medicine through the training of future clinical faculty members in the areas of research and medical education. The term of the award is for one (1) year, commencing on July 1, 2014.

Dr. Jelic with be completing his training at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Emergency Department in their advanced Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Fellowship Program. POCUS is a revolutionary way medicine is being practiced. It is proving to provide a more rapid diagnosis allowing the correct management to be started in patients who present with undifferentiated shock. Dr. Jelic will be completing his training in Toronto as no POCUS training program is currently available in Manitoba. POCUS is a very new subspecialty of Emergency Medicine in Canada with only four programs available nationwide.

Upon completion of his fellowship, Dr. Jelic aims to bring his newly acquired skills and knowledge back to Manitoba to help train the next generation of Emergency Medicine physicians.

Thank you to all of the applicants who applied for this award, to the Awards Selection Committee for adjudication of the candidates, and to the McLaughlin Foundation and the University of Manitoba for their financial and administrative support to the process.

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Congratulations to Dr. Versha Banerji for being selected as the 11th Annual MMSF / SBRC Richard Hoeschen Memorial Award Recipient

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Dr. Versha Banerji
(Principal Investigator); Background - Rebecca Lang (Medical Student); Armando Poeppl (Technician); Irisi Gehrke (Post Doctoral Fellow)

Dr. Versha Banerji is from the University of Manitoba Departments of Internal Medicine and Biochemistry & Medical Genetics.

This award contributes to the operating expenses of a BSc (Med) Supervisor at the University of Manitoba to offset operating expenses incurred for the supervision of a BSc (Med) student at the University of Manitoba. This award has been presented to Dr. Versha Banerji to support the project of BSc (Med) student Rebecca Lang entitled ‘Modulating Glycogen Synthase Kinase 3 (GSK-3) in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)’.

The Manitoba Medical Service Foundation (MMSF) and the St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre (SBRC) have each contributed $2,000 to this award for a total award of $4,000.

Thank you to all of the applicants who applied for this award, to the BSc Awards Selection Committee for adjudication of the candidates, and to the University of Manitoba for administrative support to the process.

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The Manitoba Medical Service Foundation’s Mission is to promote and fund scientific, educational and other activities to improve the health and well-being of Manitobans, focusing on support of new researchers. Our Vision is to continue to be an important source of support for health-related research and education, in collaboration with other Manitoba organizations. We are inspired by the accomplishments of the researchers who have received funding through the MMSF. We look forward to continuing our goal of supporting health-related research and education in Manitoba.

Research applications are welcome from medical and scientific researchers, medical and dental students and allied professionals, such as social workers, nurses, epidemiologists and any other health workers involved in preventive, therapeutic, or rehabilitative care. Projects promoting scientific, educational and other activities to maintain and improve the health and well-being of Manitobans are considered.

The MMSF is proud of the accomplishments of each recipient since the Foundation's inception in 1971. The Foundation looks forward to continuing its mission to promote and fund scientific, educational and other activities to improve the health and well-being of Manitobans, focusing on support of new researchers.

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