Research Awards

The Med Star Award for Post-doctoral or Clinical Fellows recognizes research contributions of fellows at the University of Alberta. The award can be awarded every four months to eligible trainees.

Med Star Award for Fellows Winners

March 2017
Drs. Rania Soudy & Aarti Patel
Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Inventions
Cyclic AC253, a novel amylin receptor antagonist, improves cognitive deficits in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease 

November 2016
Dr. Ester Vazquez-Fernandez
PLOS Pathogens
The Structural Architecture of an Infectious Mammalian Prion Using Electron Cryomicroscopy

Dr. Lucas Cairo
Cell Reports
The Nuclear Transport Factor Kap121 is Required for Stability of the Dam1 Complex and Mitotic Kinetochore Bi-orientation 

July 1 2016
Dr. Alison Care
Hypertension
Perinatal Resveratrol Supplementation to Spontaneously Hypertensive Rat Dams Mitigates the Development of Hypertention in Adult Offspring

March 1 2016
Dr. Ann Revill
eLife
Dbx1 precursor cells are a source of inspiratory XII premotoneurons

November 2015
Dr. Mourad Ferdaoussi
Journal of Clinical Investigation
Isocitrate-to-SENP1 signaling amplifies insulin secretion and rescues dysfunctional β cells

July 2015

Dr. Andrew Pepper
Nature Biotechnology
A prevascularized subcutaneous device-less site for islet and cellular transplantation

March 2015
Dr. Curtis French
Journal of Clinical Investigation
Mutagion of FOXC1 and PITX2 induces cerebral small-vessel disease

November 2014
Dr. Gopinath Sutendra
Cell
A Nuclear Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Complex Is Important for the Generation of Acetyl-CoA and Histone Acetylation

July 2014 
Dr. Haiyang Bie
Nature Chemical Biology
Insights into mucopolysaccharidosis I from the structure and action of 

α-L-iduronidase



March 2014
Dr. Charles Mays
Journal of Clinical Investigation
Prion disease tempo determined by host-dependent substrate reduction

November 2013
Dr. Georg Schmölzer 
BMJ (British Medical Journal)
Non-invasive versus invasive respiratory support in preterm infants at birth: systemic review and meta-analysis

June 2013
Dr. Matthew Schellenberg and Dr. Tao Wu
Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
A conformational switch in PRP8 mediates metal ion coordination that promotes pre-mRNA exon ligation

March 2013
Dr. Jihong Lian
Hepatology
Liver Specific Inactivation of Carboxylesterase 3/Triacylglycerol Hydrolase Decreases Blood Lipids Without Causing Severe Steatosis in Mice

November 2012
Dr. Silva Pagliardini
Journal of Neuroscience
State-Dependent Modulation of Breathing in Urethane-Anesthetized Rats

July 2012
Dr. Yohannes Haile
Journal of Immunology
Granule-Derived Granzyme B Mediates the Vulnerability of Human Neurons to T Cell-Induced Neurotoxicity

March 2012
Dr. Arul Vadivel
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Critical Role of the Axonal Guidance Cute EphrinB2 in lung Growth, Angiogenesis, and Repair

December 2011
Dr. Matthew Schellenberg
Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
Recognition and maturation of effector RNAs in a CRSPR interference pathway

July 2011
Dr. Aminu Bello
Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 
Associations among Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate, Proteinuria, and adverse Cardiovascular Outcomes

March 2011
Dr. Samuel Szeto
Journal of Proteome
Mutations in the Saccharomyces cerevisiae Succinate Dehydrogenase Result in Distinct Metabolic Phenotypes Revealed Through 1H NMR-Based Metabolic Footprinting

November 2010
Dr. Vittorio Maglione
Journal of Neurosciences
Impaired Ganglioside Metabolism in Huntington’s Disease and Neuroprotective Role of GM1

March 2010
Dr. Andrei Fagarasanu
Journal of Cell Biology
Myosin-driven peroxisome partitioning in S. cerevisiae

June 2009
Dr. Pascal Gelebart
Blood
Constitutive activation of the Wnt canonical pathway in mantle cell lymphoma

December 2008
Dr. Qiang Zhao
Analytical Chemistry
Aptamer-Modified Monolithic Capillary Chromatography for Protein Separation and Detection