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  Volume 10
 
  Number 40 (June 24)
 
 

In This Issue:

  • AIKINS AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN UNDERGRADUATE TEACHING
  • HONOURS AND AWARDS
  • APPOINTMENT
  • CIHR MULTI-USER EQUIPMENT AND MAINTENANCE GRANTS
  • DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY GALLIE DAY AWARDS
  • LINKS TO EVENT WEBSITES
  • LINKS TO OTHER NEWSLETTERS/WEBSITES

AIKINS AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN UNDERGRADUATE TEACHING
The W. T. Aikins awards - named after our first Dean, Dr. W.T. Aikins - are the Faculty's most prestigious awards for commitment to and excellence in undergraduate medical education. All Faculty of Medicine academic staff who teach undergraduate students in Arts and Science, Applied Science and Engineering, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Radiation Sciences, and Physical and Health Education are eligible for the Awards. The Award winners are selected from nominees in a Faculty-wide process that requires extensive support from both faculty and students. The winners of the 2001/2002 Aikins Awards are:

Individual Teaching Performance

  • William Chapman (Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology)

Course/Program Development and Coordination

  • John Bradley (Department of Anesthesia)

Faculty members and students are invited to submit nominations for the 2002/2003 Aikins Awards process. Recognition and formal rewarding of outstanding teachers acknowledges the importance that our Faculty assigns to high-quality undergraduate teaching. Up to three awards may be given annually in each of three categories:

  • Individual teaching performance
  • Development and use of innovative instructional methods
  • Course/program development and coordination.

Each nomination requires the signatures of five faculty members and/or students. In addition, full documentation appropriate for each category of nomination must be available to the Aikins Awards Committee. For more information, contact Patricia Marcus in the Undergraduate Medical Education Office at (416) 978-6361 (voice) or patricia.marcus@utoronto.ca (e-mail).

HONOURS AND AWARDS
Chung-Wai Chow (Department of Medicine) has been awarded Connaught Automatic Start-Up Funds for her project, "Regulation of Syk-mediated signal transduction in Inflammatory Cells".

Laszlo Endrenyi (Department of Pharmacology) has been awarded the Issekutz Medal and Honorary Member status by the Hungarian Pharmacological Society.

Natasha Leighl (Department of Medicine) has won a three-year American Society of Clinical Oncology Career Development Award.

Mark Silverberg (Department of Medicine) and co-investigator Katherine Siminovitch (Department of Medicine) have been awarded a three-year Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada New Investigator Establishment Grant for their project, "Identification of inflammatory bowel disease susceptibility genes".

APPOINTMENT
Paul Links (Department of Psychiatry) was appointed to a second five-year term as the Arthur Sommer Rotenberg Chair in Suicide Studies, effective January 1, 2002.

CIHR MULTI-USER EQUIPMENT AND MAINTENANCE GRANTS
In March, the results of the October 2001 Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Multi-User Equipment and Maintenance grants competition were announced. Thirty-one grants were awarded for a total cost of $4.9M, and included:

  • 18 Equipment grants
  • 6 Maintenance grants
  • 7 Combined Equipment and Maintenance grants

The following Faculty of Medicine faculty received grants in this competition:

  • Simon Graham (Department of Medical Biophysics) and co-applicants Sandra Black (Department of Medicine), Ellen Warner (Department of Medicine), Cheryl Grady (Department of Psychiatry), Bill McIlroy (Department of Physical Therapy) and Michael Bronskill, Mark Henkelman, Donald Plewes, Graham Wright, Greg Stranisz (all in the Department of Medical Biophysics) – a three-year grant for a “Centre for research using magnetic resonance”.
  • Sergio Grinstein (Department of Biochemistry) and co-applicants Christine Bear (Department of Biochemistry), Gabrielle Boulianne (Department of Biochemistry), Chi-Chung Hui (Department of Medical Genetics and Microbiology), Amira Klip (Department of Paediatrics), Howard Lipshitz (Department of Medical Genetics and Microbiology), Gergely Lukacs (Department of Surgery), Stephen Meyn (Department of Paediatrics), and Janet Rossant (Department of Medical Genetics and Microbiology) - a three-year grant for an “Imaging facility-multi-user maintenance grant”.
  • Cynthia Guidos (Department of Immunology) and co-applicants Jayne Danska (Department of Immunology), John Dick (Department of Medical Genetics and Microbiology), Sergio Grinstein (Department of Biochemistry), Gergely Lukacs (Department of Surgery), Roderick McInnes (Department of Paediatrics), Daniela Rotin (Department of Biochemistry), Katherine Siminovitch (Department of Medicine), Derek Van der Kooy (Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology), and Rae Yeung (Department of Paediatrics) – a one-year grant for a “High speed multiparameter digital cell sorter”.
  • Ming-Sound Tsao (Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology) and co-applicants Robert Bristow (Department of Radiation Oncology), Susan Done (Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology), David Hedley (Department of Medicine), Jeremy Squire (Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology), Brian Wilson (Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology), Shun Wong (Department of Radiation Oncology), and Richard Hill, Mitsuhiko Ikura, and Rama Khokha (all in the Department of Medical Biophysics) – a three-year grant for “Equipment maintenance support for oncologic molecular micro-imaging (OMMO)".
  • Jeffrey Wrana (Department of Medical Genetics and Microbiology) and co-applicants Stephen Lye (Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology), and Irene Andrulis, Joseph Culotti, James Dennis, Steven Gallinger, Andras Nagy, Anthony Pawson, Janet Rossant, and Michael Tyers (all in the Department of Medical Genetics and Microbiology) – a one-year grant for “Maintenance of microarray and robotics centre”.

DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY GALLIE DAY AWARDS
The Department of Surgery held its annual Gallie Day in May. The following faculty and students were presented with departmental awards at the Day's awards presentation ceremony.

Gallie Bateman Resident Research Prize Presentations
First Prize:

  • Michael Taylor (supervisor - James Rutka, Department of Surgery) - for their project, “Germline mutations of human suppressor of fused predispose to desmoplastic medulloblastoma through activation of sonic hedgehog and Wnt signalling".

Runners Up:

  • Dennis Wigle (supervisor - Janet Rossant, Department of Medical Genetics and Microbiology) - for his project, "Molecular profiles of lung development and disease"
  • Kyle Wanzel (supervisors Stan Hamstra and Dimitrios Anastakis, both in the Department of Surgery) - for his project, “Visual-spatial ability correlates with efficiency of hand motion and successful surgical performance”

D.R. Wilson Award (presented annually to the surgical resident who is rated by undergraduate students as being an outstanding teacher)

  • Yasser Botros

Bernard Langer Surgical Scientist Award (presented to an outstanding graduate of the Surgeon-Scientist Program who shows the greatest promise for a career in academic medicine)

  • Robert Gryfe

University of Toronto Surgical Skills Centre Distinguished Education Award (for contributions in surgical skills education)

  • Peter Chu

Tovee Award for Undergraduate Education (for the greatest contribution by an academic staff member to educational activities in undergraduate education throughout the past year)

  • Sender Herschorn

Tovee Award for Postgraduate Education (for the greatest contribution by an academic staff member to educational activities in postgraduate education throughout the past year)

  • Wayne Johnston

George Armstrong-Peters Prize (for outstanding productivity by a young investigator during his/her initial period as an independent investigator, as evidenced by research publications in peer review journals, grants held and students trained)

  • Michael Tymianski

Lister Prize (for outstanding and continuing productivity of international stature by an investigator, as evidenced by research publications, grants held, students trained and other evidence of stature of the work produced)

  • James Wright

Charles Tator Surgeon-Scientist Mentoring Award (for individuals supervising participants in the Surgeon-Scientist Program who emulate Professor Tator’s qualities - excellence in research, commitment to Surgeon-Scientist Program mentoring and dedication to the promotion of Surgeon-Scientists)

  • Richard Weisel

LINKS TO EVENT WEBSITES

  • First International Conference on Inner City Health - Toronto - October 3 to 6, 2002 - www.ichru.ca

Med.E.Mail now lists event websites with URL addresses. If you have an event that you would like hyperlinked to Med.E.Mail, send the details to Leslie Bush at leslie.bush@utoronto.ca

LINKS TO OTHER NEWSLETTERS/WEBSITES

Med.E.Mail now lists department/centre newsletters/bulletins/websites with URL addresses. If you have a newsletter/bulletin/website that you would like hyperlinked to Med.E.Mail, send the details to Leslie Bush at leslie.bush@utoronto.ca

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Ms. Leslie Bush
Executive Assistant to the Dean of Medicine
Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto
e-mail: leslie.bush@utoronto.ca
voice: (416) 978-7762
fax: (416) 978-1774

 
 
   
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