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emerging infectious diseases that threaten our good health.

AMMI Canada Medical Student Research Award

The goal of this award is to provide support for medical students who are interested in research in infectious diseases and microbiology. This award is funded for $4,000 for an 8-10 week research term, performed consecutively over the summer or intermittently over the course of one academic year. Adjudication is by a selection committee and will be competitive based on academic achievement, research potential or experience, and mentor acceptance. The awardee is required to submit a summary report within 4 weeks of the termination of their project, which will be published on the AMMI Canada and the CFID websites. The student is also encouraged to submit a poster or oral presentation on their work at the subsequent annual AMMI Canada/CACMID meeting.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Students must be a Canadian citizen or resident enrolled in an undergraduate medical program (not restricted to a Canadian University) and must be in good standing
  • Commitment to 8-10 weeks of research either as a summer research project, or carried out over the course of one year
  • The student's research supervisor must be a member in good standing of AMMI Canada
  • Research area must be relevant to the diagnosis, treatment or prevention of infectious diseases
  • Priority is given to current focused research areas identified by CFID (e.g. water safety, antimicrobial resistance, rapid diagnostics, infection prevention strategies, antimicrobial stewardship, etc.)

Download application package with link to application form:


2017 Recipients

Lucy Smith, Med II, Memorial University School of Medicine, St. John's, NF

  • Supervisor: Dr. Peter Daley MD, Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University, St. John's, NF
  • Project: "Molecular Epidemiology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Newfoundland and Labrador"
  • Research Summary: (pdf)

 

Clara van Ommen, Med II, University of British Columbia School of Medicine, Vancouver, BC

  • Supervisor: Dr. Melanie Murray MD/PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of British Columbia, BC Women's Hospital and St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver, BC
  • Project: "Exploring the Live Birth Rates of Women Living with HIV in British Columbia and the CARMA (CIHR Emerging Team Grant on HIV Therapy and Aging) Cohort"
  • Research Summary: (pdf)

 

2016 Recipients

Charlie Tan, Med 3, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University

  • Supervisor: Dr. Nick Daneman MD, MSc, FRCPC, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto
  • Project: "Variability in antibiotic use across Ontario acute care hospitals"
  • Research Publication: Tan C, Vermeulen M, Wang X et al. Variability in antibiotic use across Ontario acute care hospitals. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2017;72(2):554-563 download

 

Jeremy Soo, Med 1, University of Alberta School of Medicine

  • Supervisor: Dr. Michael Hawkes MD, PhD, FRCPC, Department of Pediatrics, University of Alberta
  • Project: "Biomarkers of inflammation and endothelial activation in vertically HIV-1 infected children"
  • Research Summary: (pdf)
  • Final Report: (pdf)

 

2015 Recipient

Christina Thornton, Med 2, MD/PhD Program, University of Calgary

  • Supervisor: Dr. Dylan R. Pillai, Medical Microbiologist, Calgary Lab Services, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, University of Calgary
  • Project: Community-acquired Clostridium difficile infections
  • Research Summary: (pdf)
  • Final Abbreviated Report: (pdf)

 

 

CFID Undergraduate Summer Research Awards

These awards were established in 2012 to attract bright young minds with outstanding academic records to the field of infectious diseases, microbiology, and infection control, and to fulfill the CFID mission of supporting research in infectious diseases. Each award is funded for $4,000 for a 12-13 week research term. Adjudication is by a selection committee and will be competitive based on academic achievement, research potential or experience, and mentor acceptance. Student awardees are required to submit a summary report within 4 weeks of the termination of their project, and are encouraged to submit a poster or oral presentation about their work at the AMMI Canada/CACMID annual meeting.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Students must be enrolled in a Canadian University in their 2nd year or higher
  • Commitment to 12-13 weeks of research either as a summer research project, an elective research term, or a co-op work-term
  • Minimum GPA of B+ (3.33 or 76%)
  • Preference will be given to sponsoring research faculty who are members of CFID partnered professional associations (eg. AMMI Canada, CACMID, etc.)
  • Research area must be relevant to the diagnosis, treatment or prevention of infectious diseases
  • Priority is given to current focused research areas identified by CFID (e.g. water safety, antimicrobial resistance, rapid diagnostics, infection prevention strategies, antimicrobial stewardship, etc.)

Download application package with link to application form:


2017 Recipient

Thenuga Sasitharan, Year 4, Medical Laboratory Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

  • Supervisor: Dr. Agatha Jassem PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia and BCCDC Public Health Laboratory
  • Project: "Whole Genome Sequencing of Mumps Virus from an Adult Outbreak in Brisith Columbia"
  • Research Summary: (pdf)

 

2016 Recipient

Kathleen Miller, Year 3, Microbiology & Immunology, Dalhousie University

  • Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Barrett, MD, PhD, FRCPC, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, QE II Health Sciences Centre, Dalhousie University
  • Project: "Understanding poor vaccine responses: transcriptomics of vaccine failure"
  • Research Summary: (pdf)

 

2015 Recipients

Christopher Chiang, Honours Life Science Program, McMaster University

  • Supervisor: Dr. James Mahony, St. Joseph Hospital, McMaster University
  • Project: Designing and testing the efficacy of a RSV phosphoprotein mimetic on the inhibition of RSV replication and infection
  • Research Summary: (pdf)
  • Abbreviated Final Report: (pdf)

Melissa Phuong, Honours Bachelor Health Sciences Program, McMaster University

  • Supervisors: Dr. Andrea K. Boggild, University of Toronto
  • Project: Parasitologic correlates of genomic differences in Plasmodium ovale wallikeri and Plasmodium ovale curtisi
  • Research Summary: (pdf)
  • Abbreviated Final Report: (pdf)

2014 Recipients

Alex Rewegan, Dept. Anthropology, McMaster University

  • Supervisor: Ann Herring PhD, Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, McMaster University
  • Project: Pandemic waves - mortality in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces, 1918
  • Research Summary: (pdf)
  • Final Report: (pdf)

Sophie Felleiter, Life Sciences Specializations, Queen's University

  • Supervisors: Dr. Anna Majury, Clinical Microbiologist, PHO and Dr. Gerald Evans, Department of Medicine, Queen's University
  • Project: The prevalence of STEC and stx+ wells and microbial source tracking of fecal contamination in rural southern Ontario drinking water wells
  • Research Summary: (pdf)
  • Final Report: (pdf)

Lauren Smith, Honours Integrated Science Program, McMaster University

  • Supervisor: Valerie Waters, MD, Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto
  • Project: The role of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and the lung microbiome in Pseudomonas eradication in cystic fibrosis
  • Research Summary: (pdf)
  • Final Report: (pdf)
  • Poster: (pdf)

2013 Recipients

Mohamad Rabbani, Bachelor's Program, McGill University

  • Supervisor: Don Sheppard MD, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, McGill University
  • Project: Aspergillus fumigatus: harnessing sporulation to treat disease
  • Research Summary: (pdf)

Zach Liang, Developmental Biology, University of British Columbia

  • Supervisor: Tobias Kollman MD, PHD, Child and Family Research Institute, University of British Columbia
  • Project: A Listeria monocytogenes-based Vaccine for Respiratory Syncytial Virus
  • Research Summary: (pdf)

Tara Riddell, MD Program, Dalhousie University

  • Supervisor: Shelly McNeil MD, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Dalhousie University
  • Project: Predictors of Influenza vaccine failure and impact of influenza immunization on severity of illness and outcomes among hospitalized Canadian adults
  • Research Summary: (pdf)

2012 Recipients

Parmvir Parmar, Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology, University of Ottawa

  • Supervisor: Jonathan Angel MD, Ottawa Hospital-General Campus, University of Ottawa
  • Project: Deficits in cell mediated immune recovery among HIV+ individuals on effective antiretroviral therapy
  • Research Summary: (pdf)

Alyssa Golden, Molecular Biotechnology (Honours), University of Manitoba

  • Supervisor: George Zhanel PhD, Department of Clinical Microbiology, University of Manitoba
  • Project: Invasive Streptococcus pneumoniae in Canada 2012: Serotyping, Antimicrobial Susceptibility and Virulence Assessment
  • Research Summary: (pdf)

Kitty Wu, Cell Systems Biology, University of Toronto

  • Supervisor: Valerie Waters MD, Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto
  • Project: Bioflim antimicrobial susceptibility testing of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia isolates from patients with cystic fibrosis
  • Research Summary: (pdf)

 

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