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angle-left Four RI-MUHC grad students land top federal funding

May 16, 2019

Source: McGill Reporter and RI-MUHC. Four graduate students from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) are among the 16 from McGill to win 2019 Vanier Scholarships, the federal government’s most prestigious program recognizing doctoral research excellence. The announcement was made on May 15 by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport. Congratulations to Matthew Dankner, Kashif Khan, Anastasios Maniakas and Yifan Wang!


Our 2019 Vanier Scholars:

Matthew Dankner

Matthew Dankner, MD-PhD student, Experimental Medicine

Supervisors: Peter Siegel, PhD, Cancer Research Program; Kevin Petrecca, MD, PhD, Montreal Neurological Institute researcher and member of the BRaIN Program, RI-MUHC

Project: Identifying and targeting functional mediators of leptomeningeal metastasis

Kashif Khan

Kashif Khan, PhD student, Experimental Surgery

Supervisors: Adel Schwertani, PhD and Renzo Cecere, MD, Cardiovascular Health Across the Lifespan Program

Project: The clinical significance of Wingless signalling in atherosclerosis: a new player in an old disease

(Photo courtesy of: University of New Brunswick)

Anastasios Maniakas

Anastasios Maniakas, MD; PhD student, Experimental Surgery 

Supervisor: John Sampalis, PhD, Cancer Research Program

Project: Azithromycin as add-on therapy in patients failing medical and surgical treatment for chronic rhinosinusitis: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial


Yifan Wang, PhD student, Experimental Surgery 

Supervisor: George Zogopoulos, MD, PhD, Cancer Research Program

Project: Targeting distinct therapeutic vulnerabilities in homologous repair-deficient pancreatic adenocarcinoma


The Vanier program is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

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