For over 25 years the Canadian Student Health Research Forum (CSHRF) has attracted elite Canadian graduate student researchers from across the health (CIHR-broad) spectrum, providing an opportunity for networking and fostering interdisciplinary collaborations among health researchers and professionals. The CSHRF provides a national venue for recognition of excellence, and we are very pleased with the response, both from the U of M and nationally! The goals of the CSHRF are to:
• Network local graduate students amongst themselves and with top Canadian PhD research trainees
• Showcase excellent trainee-generated research
• Recognize and award the most outstanding participants
Among the highlights of the CSHRF are our local and national research poster competitions. Once again, we are pleased that MHRC has partnered with us in sponsoring both the event and the MHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow Research Connection Poster Award for excellence in post-doctoral research. The partnership with the MHRC is strategic in enabling career development of our trainees and in highlighting the continuum of career development in the critical post-doctoral period. This year’s winner is Dr. Pratima Basak, from the Department of Biochemistry & Medical Genetics and Regenerative Medicine Program. Dr. Basak’s winning poster was entitled “Decreased expression of the Deleted in Liver Cancer 1 (DLC-1) tumor suppressor affects mammary gland development and cell polarity”. Congratulations as well to all the other poster and major award winners!
Every year, the CSHRF hosts an exciting all-day Symposium featuring internationally renowned experts. This year, the theme of the Symposium was “Big Science, Informatics and Biomedicine” and featured speakers from both industry and academia. Details of the symposium, including speakers’ topics and bios are available at http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/medicine/research_days/Symposium.html
Thanks to all who participated in this year’s CSHRF – we look forward to seeing you again next year!
Ed Kroeger, Ph.D. (Coordinator, CSHRF)
Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba