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Spring 2021 Research Training Awards Announced


MONTREAL, July 16, 2021 – CanVECTOR has awarded two trainees with Research Fellowship Awards and eight trainees with Studentship Awards in the Spring 2021 Research Training Awards competition. 

Dr. Camille Simard, McGill University, and Dr. Natasha Rupani, University of Toronto, each received salary support funding in the Fellowship Awards, administered by the Network's Training, Mentoring, and Early Career Development platform. Dr. Simard is the recipient of the annual Thrombosis Canada / CanVECTOR Fellowship.

For the first time, the Studentship Awards in the Research Training Awards competition were held administered separately from the Fellowship Awards through the Translational and Basic Science platform. The platform awarded eight trainees from across five Canadian universities. All recipients received $5,000 (CAD) in funding; one recipient was awarded a $10,000 Complement-Mediated Associated Research Studentship Award supported by Alexion Pharmaceuticals. 

Fellowship Winners: Trainees | Projects 

  • Dr. Camille Simard, McGill University
    • Project title: Bleeding Complications in Women with Venous Thromboembolism during Pregnancy.
    • Thrombosis Canada CanVECTOR Fellowship Award
  • Dr. Natasha Rupani, University of Toronto
    • Project title: Intracranial Hemorrhage in Patients with Primary Brain Tumors Anticoagulated for Venous Thromboembolism.

Studentship Winners: Trainees | Projects 

  • Amin Zahrai, MSc Student, University of Ottawa
    • Project title: Anticoagulation in Patients with Cancer-Associated Splanchnic Venous Thrombosis.
  • Erblin Cani, MSc Student, McMaster University
    • Project title: Mechanisms of Hypercoagulation in COVID- 19 Patients.
  • Lisa Yamaura, MSc Student, University of Calgary
    • Project title: : Hypercoagulability in Patients with Metastatic Bone Disease as Determined by Thromboelastography: A Prospecti ve Pilot Study (TEG MBD) .
  • Justin Clark, PhD Student, Western University 
    • Project title: Evaluating the Role of Lipoprotein(a) in Embolic Strokes of Undetermined Source.
  • Ganeem Juneja, MSc Student, McMaster University
    • Project title: Investigating the Coagulopathic and Fibrinolytic Pathways that  May Promote Venous Thromboembolism in COVID- 19 Patients.
  • Dr. Jaskirat Arora, MD, PhD Student, McMaster University
    • Project title: : The Role of Neutrophil Extracellular Traps in the Decreased Proteolytic Acti v ity of ADAMTS13 in Venous Thromboembolism.
  • Felix Hong, MSc Student, University of British Columbia
    • Project title: The Role of Periodontal Disease in Venous Thromboembolism.
  • Henry West, MSc Student, University of British Columbia
    • Project title: Virus Infection-Induced Venous Thromboembolism
    • Complement-Mediated Associated Research Studentship - Supported by Alexion

The platforms and Network are thrilled to support such high quality trainees conducting important and promising VTE research programs, and thank all applicants and look forward to hearing about the progress of the funded projects.

CanVECTOR's Research Training Awards would not be possible without the generous support of our partners, including in-kind fellowship funding support from the University of Toronto Department of Medicine and direct funding from Thrombosis Canada and Alexion Pharmaceuticals in the Spring 2021 competition.

For a complete list of winners, previous and current, please visit the trainee projects page here


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