2020 IMS Scientific Day Awards
Presented to Victoria Mintsopoulos, MSc, MD Candidate
Victoria Mintsopoulos completed a Bachelor of Sciences at Queen’s University where she specialized in Microbiology and Immunology. She then completed a MSc with Dr. Warren Lee where she focused on using ultrasound and microbubbles to deliver therapeutics to the injured regions of the lung in pneumonia and acute respiratory distress models. Victoria is now a second-year medical student at the University of Toronto. This past summer, she was part of the Chair’s Summer Student Program through the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at UofT, where she worked under Dr. Liat Hogen and looked at the clinical characteristics and outcomes of endometrioid ovarian cancer. Outside of research and medicine, Victoria is a choreographer and dancer in the DaffyDil Musical, co-leads UofT Med Dance Club, and enjoys mentoring undergraduate students.
Presented to Ayesh Seneviratne, PhD, MD Candidate
Ayesh Seneviratne is a 7th year MD/Ph.D. student, at the University of Toronto. He did his Ph.D. in Dr. Aaron Schimmer’s lab, where he studied the role of mitochondrial lipid synthesis pathways in leukemia cell growth. His research showed that the inhibition of the cardiolipin (a mitochondrial phospholipid) remodeling enzyme tafazzin increased levels of the phospholipid phosphatidylserine and decreased the growth and survival of AML stem cells. Interestingly, the loss of TAZ had no effects on healthy blood cells, implying a therapeutic window. He is now in the middle of his clinical rotations. Along-side his Ph.D. he was a founding member/President of Apollo Toronto (2015-2018, a translational medicine student group), worked with Toronto notes as Production Manager (2018-2019), and Editor-in- Chief (2019-2020). He spends his free time doing P90X workouts, binging travel shows on Netflix, and cooking with his wife.
Roncari Book Prize
Presented to Laura Best, HBSc, PhD Candidate & Michelle Dubinsky, PhD Candidate
Established in 1995 to honour the memory of Dr. Daniel Roncari, who served as the Director of the Institute of Medical Science from 1980 to 1983, this award is presented to two IMS students who have made significant contributions to the academic experience of graduate students.
Sara Al-Bader Memorial Award
Presented to Jonas Osmann, PhD
Jonas Osmann is originally from Germany but completed his BSc and MSc studies in the Netherlands, Belgium and Portugal. In 2016 he received the opportunity to pursue a PhD in medical science at the Institute of Medical Science under Dr. Anthony Feinstein with financial support from the Ontario Trillium Scholarship. His major lines of research are computational and statistical medical science, and psychological trauma in conflict journalists. He recently graduated the PhD program with a thesis on psychometric scale construction and psychological trauma in journalists, and is interested in pursuing a career in computational science. He is extremely grateful to the Institute of Medical Science and the Al-Bader family for being awarded this year’s Sara Al-Bader Memorial Award.
Mel Silverman Mentorship Award
Presented to Dr. Isabelle Boileau, PhD
This award is presented to an IMS faculty member who has served as an outstanding mentor and role model for graduate students, in addition to making significant contributions to the IMS graduate program.
Dr. Boileau’s primary area of interest has been the use of translational neuroimaging tools – positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – to help test novel mechanisms supporting the development of treatments for neuropsychiatric conditions. She has established a world-class program of research at CAMH that has uniquely contributed to the international body of knowledge in the areas of substance use disorders, addiction and co-morbid conditions.
IMS Course Director Award
Presented to Dr. Lucy Osborne, PhD
The Institute of Medical Science Graduate Course Director Award is presented to an IMS course director in recognition of sustained contributions of more than three years to excellence in the teaching, administration, and development of a graduate course.
IMS Module Director Award
Presented to Dr. Peter Jüni, MD, FESC
Peter is internationally renowned for his methodological work and for his clinical research on the management of cardiovascular and musculoskeletal disorders. A Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology, he has had leading roles in several major cardiovascular trials, including SIRTAX, LEADERS, FAME 2 and MATRIX, served as a member of several task forces of the European Society of Cardiology and co-authored the European guidelines on myocardial revascularization and on the management of acute myocardial infarction. Peter contributed to over 400 papers, which were cited more than 100,000 times. Since 2015 he was recognized as Highly Cited Researcher.
IMS Course Lecturer Award
Presented to Dr. Michael Corrin, BA, BSc Hons, BFA, MScBMC
This award is presented by the Institute of Medical Science to an IMS course lecturer in recognition of sustained contribution of three years or more to excellence in lecturing in an IMS graduate course.
Recipients of the IMS Endowed Awards
Dr. Mingyao Liu Graduate Award
Mohsen Poorganji, PhD Year 2
Supervisors: Dr. Daniel Blumberger & Dr. Jeff Daskalakis
Thesis title: Optimal targeting of the DLPFC using combined TMS-EEG in Healthy Subjects - Optimizing Stimulation using E-Field Targeting
Dr. LG Rao/Industrial Partners Graduate Student Award
Olivia Arski, MSc Year 2
Supervisor: Dr. George Ibrahim
Thesis title: Probing the Network Basis of Memory Function and Dysfunction in Children with Epilepsy
Estelle Fisher Memorial Graduate Award
Christine Schemitsch, PhD Year 5
Supervisor: Dr. Aaron Nauth
Thesis title: The impact of psychological well-being on the outcome of surgical repair for rotator cuff tears: a prospective cohort
Joseph Wong Memorial Graduate Award
Melissa Miljanovski, MSc Year 2
Supervisor: Dr. Gary Rodin
Thesis Title: Examining Double Awareness in Advanced Cancer