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News & Awards

 

2017 CFID Awards Announced

Dr. John M. Embil Mentorship Award

Dr. Kurt E. Williams MD, FRCPC, Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Saskatchuan and Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon, SK.

Dr. Juan A. Embil Award for Infectious Disease Research

Trainee - Dr. Matthew P. Cheng, Division of Infectious Diseases and Department of Microbiology and Immunology, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, PQ

Supervisor - Dr. Christina Greenway, Division of Infectious Diseases, Jewish General Hospital and McGill University. Montreal, PQ

Publication - Cheng MP, Chakra CNA, Yansouni CP et al. Risk of Active Tuberculosis in Patients With Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2017;64(5):635-644 Download publication

AMMI Canada Medical Student Research Projects

"Molecular Epidemiology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Newfoundland and Labrador" Read research proposal

  • Student - Lucy Smith, Med II, Memorial University School of Medicine, St. John's, NF
  • Supervisor - Dr. Peter Daley MD, Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University, St. John's, NF

"Exploring the Live Birth Rates of Women Living with HIV in British Columbia and the CARMA (CIHR Emerging Team Grant on HIV Therapy and Aging) Cohort". Read research proposal

  • Student - Clara van Ommen, Med II, University of British Columbia School of Medicine, Vancouver, BC
  • Supervisor - Dr. Melanie Murray MD/PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of British Columbia, BC Women's Hospital and St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver, BC

CFID Summer Student Research Project

"Whole Genome Sequencing of Mumps Virus from an Adult Outbreak in Brisith Columbia". Read research proposal

  • Student - Thenuga Sasitharan, Year 4, Medical Laboratory Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
  • Supervisor - Dr. Agatha Jassem PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia and BCCDC Public Health Laboratory

Safe Drinking Water Pilot Project

Dr. Anna Majury, PhD, DVM, Assistant Professor, Schools of Environmental Sciences and of Public Health Sciences, Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Division of Microbiology and Immunology, Queen's University at Kingston, and Regional Microbiologist, Public Health Ontario.

Project - "Naturized E. coli and fecal indicators in drinking water wells: implications for testing, risk assessment and as potential environmental reservoirs for antimicrobial resistance" Read research proposal

 

2016 CFID Awards Announced

Dr. John M. Embil Mentorship Award

Dr. Caroline Quach MD, MSc, FRCPC, Associate Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, Montreal Children's Hospital, McGill University Health Centre; Co-director, McGill University Health Centre Vaccine Study Centre.

Dr. Juan A. Embil Award for Infectious Disease Research

Trainee - Dr. Allison Mah, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of British Columbia

Supervisor - Dr. David M. Patrick, Director, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

Publication - McKay R, Mah A, Law M, McGrail K, Patrick DM. 2016. Systematic review of factors associated with antibiotic prescribing for respiratory tract infections. Antimicrob. Agents Chemother. doi:10.1128/AAC.00209-16, published online May 2, 2016. Download publication

AMMI Canada Medical Student Research Projects

"Variability in antibiotic use across Ontario acute care hospitals".  Read research proposal

  • Student - Charlie Tan, Med III, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University
  • Supervisor - Dr. Nick Daneman MD, MSc, FRCPC, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto

"Biomarkers of inflammation and endothelial activation in vertically HIV-1 infected children".  Read research proposal

  • Student - Jeremy Soo, Med I, University of Alberta School of Medicine
  • Supervisor - Dr. Michael Hawkes MD, PhD, FRCPC, Department of Pediatrics, University of Alberta

CFID Summer Student Research Project

"Understanding poor vaccine responses: transcriptomics of vaccine failure".  Read research proposal

  • Student - Kathleen Miller, Year 3, Microbiology & Immunology, Dalhousie University
  • Supervisor - Dr. Lisa Barrett, MD, PhD, FRCPC, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, QE II Health Sciences Centre, Dalhousie University

 

2015 CFID Awards Announced

CFID Special Pilot Project

Dr. Dr. Astrid Petrich, Division of Microbiology, The Hospital for Sick Children

Grant Title: Performance and cost-effectiveness evaluation of multiplex molecular testing for enteric pathogens in a Canadian health-care setting; $25,000; starting September 7, 2015. Read project synopsis

Safe Drinking Water Pilot Project

Dr. Anna Majury, PhD, DVM, Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Division of Microbiology and Immunology and Schools of Environmental Sciences and of Public Health Sciences, Queen's University at Kingston, and Regional Microbiologist, Public Health Ontario. Co-Investigators: Gerald Evans MD, Paul Belanger PhD, Xudong Liu PhD, Queen's University.

"Metagenomic analysis of drinking well water for rural and marginalized populations in regional Ontario - implications for testing, including human, public and environmental health". Read project synopsis

Dr. John M. Embil Mentorship Award

Dr. Sharon L. Walmsley, MSc, MD, FRCPC, Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Director of Clinical Research, Immunodeficiency Clinic, Toronto Hospital, University Health Network.

Dr. Juan A. Embil Award for Infectious Disease Research

Trainee - Dr. Derek R. MacFadden, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Toronto. Current Affiliation, Harvard University

Supervisor - Dr. Nick Daneman, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto

Publication - MacFadden DR, Ridgway JP, Robicsek A, Elligsen M, Daneman N. 2014. Predictive utility of prior positive urine cultures. Clin Infect Dis. 59(9):1265-71. Download publication

Medical Student Research Project

"Community-acquired Clostridium difficile infections".  Read research proposal

  • Student - Christina Thornton, Med 2, MD/PhD Program, University of Calgary
  • Supervisor - Dr. Dylan R. Pillai, Medical Microbiologist, Calgary Lab Services, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, University of Calgary

Undergraduate Student Research Projects

"Designing and testing the efficacy of a RSV phosphoprotein mimetic on the inhibition of RSV replication and infection".  Read research proposal

  • Student - Christopher Chiang, Honours Life Science Program, McMaster University
  • Supervisor - Dr. James Mahony, St Joseph Hospital, McMaster University

"Parasitologic correlates of genomic differences in Plasmodium ovale wallikeri and Plasmodium ovale curtisi".  Read research proposal

  • Student - Melissa Phuong, Honours Bachelor Health Sciences Program, McMaster University
  • Supervisor - Dr. Andrea K. Boggild, University of Toronto

 

2014 CFID Awards Announced

Safe Drinking Water Pilot Project

Dr. Younggy Kim PhD, Department of Civil Engineering, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

Electrochemical disinfection using copper and/or silver. Read project synopsis

Dr. John M. Embil Mentorship Award

Dr. Curtis L. Cooper, MD, FRCPC, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Director- Viral Hepatitis Program, University of Ottawa and The Ottawa Hospital-General Campus.

Dr. Juan A. Embil Award for Infectious Disease Research

Trainee - Dr. Jerome A. Leis, University of Toronto

Supervisors - Dr. Allison McGeer and Dr. Wayne L. Gold, University of Toronto

Publication - Leis JA et al. Reducing antimicrobial therapy for asymptomatic bacteriuria among noncatheterized inpatients: A proof-of-concept study. CID 2014 Feb 26 [Epub ahead of print]. Download publication

Summer Student Research Projects

Pandemic waves-mortality in the Canadian expeditionary forces, 1918.  Read research proposal

  • Student - Alex Rewegan, McMaster University (Anthropology)
  • Supervisor - Ann Herring PhD, Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, McMaster University

The prevalence of STEC and stx+ wells and microbial source tracking of faecal contamination in rural Southern Ontario drinking water wells.  Read research proposal

  • Student - Sophie Felleiter, Queen's University (Life Sciences)
  • Supervisor - Anna Majury PhD, PHO, and Gerald Evans MD, Department of Medicine, Queen's University

The role of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and and the lung microbiome in Pseudomonas eradication in cystic fibrosis.  Read research proposal

  • Student - Lauren Smith, McMaster University (Honours Integrated Science Program)
  • Supervisor - Valerie Waters MD, Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto

2014 AMMI Canada Awards Announced

2013 AMMI Canada Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Donald E. Low was presented this award posthumously in recognition of his outstanding and distinguished career as a medical microbiologist who was nationally and internationally acknowledged as an exemplary researcher, teacher, mentor, and leader. Dr. Low served as Microbiologist-in-Chief at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto from 1985 until 2013, a role that later expanded to include the University Health Network. During those years, his research interests focused on antimicrobial resistant bacteria and invasive group A streptococcal infections and led to the publication of more than 380 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He was one of the public faces of medicine during the SARS epidemic. He subsequently took over as Medical Director of the Ontario Public Health Laboratory, which he helped transform into the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion. Over the course of his career, Dr. Low trained, supervised, and mentored countless students, residents, and fellows in infectious diseases and clinical and medical microbiology.

2013 AMMI Canada Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Anita Rachlis was presented this award in recognition of her many years of service to AMMI Canada as Chair and member of the Education/ Continuing Professional Development Committee and for her contributions to HIV care and research in Canada since the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Dr. Rachlis is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, the Medical Director of the Sunnybrook HIV Ambulatory Clinic, and for many years was Infectious Diseases Division Chief at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.


History of CFID Awards

CFID has been active in raising money to fund infectious disease research and training in a number of different ways since 1999.

  • Safe Drinking Water Fund for supporting studentships and pilot research grant competitions (since 1999)
  • CIHR Small Health Organizations Partnership Program (mid-2000's) for funding fellowships and new investigator awards
  • CIHR Novel Alternatives to Antibiotics through Fellowship Awards (mid-2000's) for funding fellowships
  • Juan A. Embil Award for Excellence in Infectious Disease Research (begun in 2001)
  • John M. Embil Award for Mentorship in Infectious Diseases (begun 2010)
  • CFID Undergraduate Summer Student Research Awards (since 2012)
  • AMMI Canada Medical Student Summer Research Awards (since 2015)


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