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RI-MUHC ANNUAL REPORT 2020

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What is our new generation of researchers achieving today?

Cooperathon Grand Prize winners invent a prototype that could reduce the impact of heart disease worldwide

Left to right: Kashif Khan, Karina Gasbarrino, PhD, and Nicolas Bent
Left to right: Kashif Khan, Karina Gasbarrino, PhD, and Nicolas Bent

Capturing the 2019 Cooperathon grand prize of $65,000 in start-up funding, an RI-MUHC-trained team beat 250 others with their PLAKK prototype, using artificial intelligence to help reduce heart attacks and strokes. Kashif Khan and Karina Gasbarrino trained at the doctoral level in the Cardiovascular Health Across the Lifespan Program at the RI-MUHC. Entrepreneur Nicolas Bent spent time in the Brain Repair and Integrated Neuroscience Program.

First-prize presentation at Diabetes Canada Conference

Nancy Wu
Nancy Wu

Nancy Wu, a trainee in the Metabolic Disorders and Complications Program, won first prize for her oral presentation at the 2019 Diabetes Canada Professional Conference. Part of her work for an M.Sc. in epidemiology, the study proposes to identify the most important outcomes to measure in a program that aims to prevent diabetes development in women who have glucose intolerance during their pregnancy.

Harnessing the potential of emerging technology applications

Audrey Kapelanski-Lamoureux
Audrey Kapelanski-Lamoureux

Audrey Kapelanski-Lamoureux, doctoral student in the Cancer Research Program, completed an Artificial Intelligence for Genomics program offered by the District 3 Innovation Centre at Concordia University. Taking second place for their project, her team developed a deep learning approach to improve the predictive value of a clinical meta-dataset.


 

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The Desjardins Centre for Advanced Training (DCAT) offers structured career support to RI-MUHC trainees alongside their graduate or postdoctoral training.

2020 Highlight: Congratulations to the first cohort of RI-MUHC trainees to complete a novel training program in Clinical and Regulatory Affairs (CRA)! With a grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, DCAT designed the CRA Experience to help doctoral students transition into career paths in this domain.

We thank Desjardins for generous support in enhancing career development opportunities for our trainees.

 

CRA Experience participants, left to right: Elie Akoury, Jason Hu, Oli Abate Fulas, Alexandra Cooke, Amanda McFarlan, Michelle Milliones, Neera Sriskandarajah and inset, Ali Mehdi (Nov. 2019)
CRA Experience participants, left to right: Elie Akoury, Jason Hu, Oli Abate Fulas, Alexandra Cooke, Amanda McFarlan, Michelle Milliones, Neera Sriskandarajah and inset, Ali Mehdi (Nov. 2019)