Paul Man Award

Terms of Reference

The Paul Man Award is in honor of Dr. Paul Man, Division Director of Pulmonary Medicine from 1986 to 2001 for his exceptional contribution to translational research.

As per CIHR guidelines and various academic publications, the definition of Translational Research includes work that contains elements or components of bi-directional clinical/basic science research. This would include research that takes basic science discoveries towards improved clinical care, and research on the translation of improvements in clinical medicine to changes in health care delivery.

How to Apply

Upon submission of an abstract for Research Day, the trainee’s abstract will be automatically considered for the Paul Man Award.


The abstract submissions will be provided to the current Division Director of Pulmonary Medicine, a prize of $500 will be awarded to the highest scored trainee whose work (as reflected in the quality and content of their submitted abstract) is deemed to best represent translational research. The awardee will present their research at Research Day and the official certificate will be presented at the DoM Annual Dinner.

*Trainee must present at Research Day / Quality Improvement Collaborative Day to receive the prize.

Past Recipients

  • 2023 Post-doctoral Fellow Ritu Mann-Nuttel (Division of Pulmonary Medicine)
    • Abstract Title: House dust mite allergen induces PAR-1 dependent CGRP release from cultured human pulmonary neuroendocrine cells
    • Authors: Ritu Mann-Nuttel and Paul Forsythe
  • 2022 Post-doctoral Fellow Rhys Beaudry (Division of Pulmonary Medicine)
    • Abstract Title: Persistent dyspnea after COVID-19 is not related to cardiopulmonary impairment
    • Authors: Rhys Beaudry, Andrew Brotto, Rhea Varughese1, Stephanie de Waal, Desi Fuhr, Ronald Damant, Giovanni Ferrara, Grace Lam, Maeve Smith, Michael Stickland
  • 2021 Graduate Student Yongneng Zhang (Division of Cardiology)
    • Abstract Title: SNPs for genes encoding the mitochondrial proteins Sirt3 and Ucp2 are associated with disease severity, type 2 Diabetes and outcomes in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) patients and this is recapitulated in a new PAH mouse model lacking both genes
    • Authors: Yongneng Zhang, Sotirios D. Zervopoulos, Aristeidis E. Boukouris, Gopinath Sutendra, Evangelos D. Michelakis
  • 2020 Not Awarded
  • 2018 Postdoctoral Fellow Jayme Kosior (Division of Neurology)
    Supervisor: Ken Butcher
    • Abstract Title: Monitoring Reperfusion During Endovascular Therapy
  • 2017 Postdoctoral Fellow Eugene Asahchop (Division of Neurology)
    Supervisor: Dr. Chris Power
    • Abstract Title: Antiretroviral drug concentration and efficacy in HIV-infected microglia determine viral persistence in brain tissue
  • 2016 Graduate Student Thomas Roston (Division of Cardiology)
    Supervisor(s): Sanatani Shubhayan (University of British Columbia) / Padma Kaul - Division of Cardiology
    • Abstract Title: A novel mutation underlying an overlap between WPW syndrome, cardiomyopathy and sudden death
  • 2015 Graduate Student Ammar Hassanzadeh Kesheli (Division of Gastroenterology)
    Supervisors: Dr. Karen Madsen & Dr. Levinus Dieleman
    • Abstract Title: Ulcerative colitis patients with and without subclinical inflammation can be differentiated from healthy controls through metabolomic profiling
  • 2014 Postdoctoral Fellow Vivian Huang (Division of Gastroenterology)
    Supervisor: Dr. Richard Fedorak
    • Abstract Title: In IBD outpatients knowledge of fecal calprotectin and infliximab trough levels significantly alters clinical decision making
  • 2013 Postdoctoral Fellow Nami Shrestha (Division of Pulmonary Medicine)
    Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Cameron
    • Abstract Title: Increased Proportion of CD4+ T Cells Expressing CRTh2 in Severe Asthma
  • 2012 Postdoctoral Fellow Stacey Reinke (Division of Neurology)
    Supervisor: Dr. Christopher Power
    • Abstract Title: 1H-NMR Analyses of Brain Tissue and Cerebrospinal Fluid Reveal Distinct Metabolomic Profiles: A New Strategy to Diagnosing and Understanding Multiple Sclerosis.
  • 2011 Graduate Student Peter Dromparis (Division of Cardiology)
    Supervisor: Dr. Evangelos Michelakis
    • Abstract Title: Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress is Critical in the Pathogenesis of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension and an Important Therapeutic Target
  • 2010 Graduate Student Gopinath Sutendra (Division of Cardiology)
    Supervisor: Dr. Evangelos Michelakis
    • Abstract Title: The Metabolic Modulation of Cancer Angiogenesis
  • 2009 Postdoctoral Fellow Farshid Noorbakhsh (Division of Neurology)
    Supervisor: Dr. Christopher Power
    • Abstract Title: Microrna Analysis Reveals New Therapeutic Targets for Multiple Sclerosis: A Role for Neuroactive Steroids