Awards and promotions for our CNTRP Trainees
Several of our CNTRP Trainees from the University of Alberta and Alberta Transplant Institute have recently received awards for their research achievements and new positions that are worth recognizing and celebrating.
Dr. Boris Gala Lopez, a Clinical/Research Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Multi-Organ Transplant Program at the University of Alberta and CNTRP Project 1 trainee, has accepted the position of Assistant Professor HPB & Multi-Organ Transplant Surgeon at the QEII Health Science Centre at Dalhousie University in Halifax. This is a very exciting move for Dr. Gala Lopez, who is bringing his clinical and research expertise to the East Coast and will continue to engage with the CNTRP as he builds his research project in Halifax.
Antonio Bruni, a CNTRP Project 1 Trainee and PhD Candidate at the University of Alberta, recently attended the CIHR Canadian Student Health Research Forum (CSHRF) which recognizes the top 5% of Doctoral students from universities across Canada. At the conference, Antonio was awarded the CIHR Silver Poster Award for his work on "The Metalloporphyrin BMX-001 Augments Islet Function and Engraftment in a Murine, Syngeneic, Marginal Transplant Model". Dr. Bruni was also invited to interview Gairdner Laureate Dr. Janet Rossant, which will be published in an upcoming edition of the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
At the recent 2017 International Pancreas and Islet Transplantation Association 16th International Congress in Oxford, our CNTRP academic trainee, Dr. Andrew Pepper was awarded an IPITA-TTS Scientific Congress Young Investigator Travel Award. Aside from a monetary award, he was also one of 6 presenters featured in the Young Investigator's Symposium at the conference for his work, "Human derived pancreatic endoderm cells reversed diabetes in mice post-transplantation into a prevascularized subcutaneous site" that is part of the CNTRP Project 1.
Congratulations to Boris, Antonio and Andrew for all their accomplishments and for continuing to promote the work of the CNTRP.
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