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the discovery of innovative solutions to better understand,
diagnose, prevent, control and treat existing and
emerging infectious diseases that threaten our good health.

Past Events

 

2017 CFID Bug Run

The morning of May 6, 2017 dawned grey and unsettled in Toronto, which was an improvement over the near-continual rain of the preceding week. An intrepid group of about 25 runners congregated outside the Sheraton Centre Hotel on Queen Street West to begin a historical/medical tour of central Toronto over the course of the run. Sites such as the Four Seasons Centre for opera and ballet, hospital row (the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network, Sinai Health System), around Queen’s Park and the legislature, and up University Avenue past the Royal Ontario Museum to Yorkville and busy Bloor Street. The run then turned back down Philosopher’s Walk past the Conservatory of Music and beautiful Koerner Hall, continuing along the course of old Taddle Creek beside the Faculty of Music building and the McLaughlin Planetarium, back through the University of Toronto campus and down University Avenue to finish back at the Sheraton Centre. Runners were rewarded with a dry run and great company, in addition to the opportunity to donate to CFID to further its mission of supporting research and education in infectious diseases.

First prize went to Byron Berenger for his speedy run around the course, the Family Prize went to Mirabelle Kelly and her son Thomas, the Resident prize to Antoine Corbeil and the Relaxed Runner Prize to Greg German. Congratulations to all!

CFID confers awards for research and mentorship in infectious diseases, undergraduate summer student research awards, medical student research awards, pilot grants and a grant in aid of safe drinking water research. Thank you for your support as we seek to expand our programs to serve your professional needs. Next year we are back to Vancouver, where we hope to recapitulate our beautiful run along the seawall from 2016. Looking forward to seeing you there!


2017 bug run

Various participants after the walk/run on the morning of Saturday May 6, 2017.

 

2017 CFID Awards Presentation

The 2017 CFID Awards ceremony took place on May 4, 2017 during the AMMI Canada /CACMID Annual Conference in Toronto, ON. Winners included:

  • Dr. Juan A. Embil Trainee Award for Infectious Disease Research - Dr. Matthew Cheng, McGill University
  • Dr. John M. Embil Mentorship Award - Dr. Kurt Williams, University of Saskatchewan
  • AMMI Canada Medical Student Research Awards:
  •     - Lucy Smith, Memorial University
  •     - Clara van Ommen, University of British Columbia
  • CFID Summer Studentship Award - Thenuga Sasitharan, University of British Columbia

 

Dr. Kurt Williams

Dr. Kurt Williams receiving the CFID John M. Embil Mentorship Award from Dr. Coleman Rotstein (L), Chair of the CFID Awards Committee.


Dr. Matthew Cheng

The Juan A. Embil Trainee Research Award was presented by Dr. Coleman Rotstein (L) to Dr. Matthew Cheng and accepted on his behalf by Dr. Caroline Quach.


Dr. Anna Majury

The Safe Drinking Water Pilot Project Award was presented by Dr. Susan Richardson, President of CFID (L), to Dr. Roberto Melano, Study Co-investigator, on behalf of Dr. Anna Majury from Queen's University and Ontario Public Health Laboratory.


Lucy Smith

Lucy Smith (C) from Memorial University, accompanied by her research supervisor, Dr. Peter Daley, was presented with the AMMI Canada Medical Student Research Award by Dr. Susan Richardson (L).


Thenuga Sasitharan

Thenuga Sasitharan from the University of British Columbia was presented with the CFID Summer Student Research Award by Dr. Susan Richardson (L). Receiving the award on Thenuga's behalf was Dr. Agatha Jassem, her research supervisor.


 

2016 CFID Bug Run

The Vancouver seawall was the beautiful early morning setting for the 2nd Annual Canadian Foundation for Infectious Diseases (CFID) Bug Run that took place at this year’s Annual AMMI Canada CACMID Annual Conference in Vancouver. Nearly 50 enthusiasts braved the early hour and joined together to run, jog or stroll the 2.5/5km course prior to attending their first session on Saturday morning. Nearly $10,000 was raised from this event and will be put to very good use in supporting our funding initiatives, including merit awards, summer student research awards and pilot grants. CFID is committed to using 85% of all funds raised to directly support research programs.

2016 bug run

Group photograph of participants at the start of the 2016 CFID Bug Run in Vancouver, BC, on the morning of Saturday April 2, 2016.

 

2016 CFID Awards Presentation

The 2016 CFID Awards ceremony took place on March 31, 2016 during the AMMI Canada /CACMID Annual Conference in Vancouver, BC. Winners included:

  • Dr. Juan A. Embil Trainee Award for Infectious Disease Research - Dr. Allison Mah, University of British Columbia
  • Dr. John M. Embil Mentorship Award - Dr. Caroline Quach, McGill University
  • AMMI Canada Medical Student Research Awards:
  •     - Charlie Tan, McMaster University
  •     - Jeremy Soo, University of Alberta
  • CFID Summer Studentship Award - Kathleen Miller, Dalhousie University

 

Dr. Caroline Quach

Dr. Caroline Quach receiving the CFID John M. Embil Mentorship Award


Dr. Allison Mah

Dr. Allison Mah (R) receiving the Juan A. Embil Trainee Research Award from Dr. Susan Richardson, President of CFID.


 

2015 CFID Bug Run

The 2015 Inaugural CFID Bug Run took place on April 17, 2015 during the AMMI Canada /CACMID Annual Conference in Charlottetown, PEI. Despite the frigid weather, 22 brave souls participated.

2015 bug run

Group photograph of participants at the start of the 2015 CFID Bug Run in Charlottetown, PEI, on the morning of Friday, Apr 17, 2015.

 

2015 CFID Awards Presentation

The 2015 CFID Awards ceremony took place on April 16, 2015 during the AMMI Canada /CACMID Annual Conference in Charlottetown, PEI. Winners included:

  • Dr. Juan A. Embil Trainee Award for Infectious Disease Research - Dr. Derek R. MacFadden, University of Toronto
  • Dr. John M. Embil Mentorship Award - Dr. Sharon L. Walmsley, University of Toronto
  • Safe Drinking Water Pilot Project Award - Dr. Anna Majury, PhD, DVM, Queens University & Public Health Ontario
  • AMMI Canada Medical Student Research Award - Christina Thorton, University of Calgary
  • CFID Summer Studentship Awards:
    • - Christopher Chiang, McMaster University
    • - Melissa Phuong, McMaster University
Dr. Derek MacFadden

Dr. Derek MacFadden (L) received the Juan A. Embil Trainee Research Award from Dr. Susan Richardson (R) , President of CFId.


Dr. Sharon Walmsley

Dr. Sharon Walmsley received the Embil Mentorship Award. Receiving the award on her behalf was Dr. Adrienne Chan (L) from Dr. Susan Richardson, President of CFID.


Dr. Derek MacFadden

Dr. Anna Majury from Queen's University and Ontario Public Health Laboratory received the Safe Drinking Water Pilot Project Award. Receiving the award on her behalf was Dr. Gerald Evans (L), Study Co-investigator, from Dr. Susan Richardson, President of CFID.

 

2014 CFID Awards Presentation

The 2014 CFID Awards ceremony took place on April 3, 2014 during the AMMI Canada /CACMID Annual Conference in Victoria, BC. Winners included:

  • Dr. Juan A. Embil Trainee Award - Dr. Jerome A. Leis, University of Toronto
  • Dr. John M. Embil Mentorship Award - Dr. Curtis Cooper, University of Ottawa
  • Safe Drinking Water Pilot Project Award - Dr. Younggy Kim, McMaster University
  • CFID Summer Studentship Awards:
    • - Alex Rewegan, McMaster University
    • - Sophie Felletier, Queens University
    • - Lauren Smith, McMaster University
Dr. Natalie Prystajecky

Dr. Natalie Prystajecky, Chair of the CFID Awards Committee, presided over the CFID awards ceremony.


Dr. Curtis Cooper

Dr. Curtis Cooper received the John M. Embil Mentorship Award from Dr. Susan Richardson, President of CFID (left).


Dr. Jerome Leis

Dr. Jerome Leis was the recipient of the Juan A. Embil Trainee Award for Infectious Disease Research. Receiving the award on his behalf was Dr. Allison McGeer (left) from Dr. Susan Richardson, President of CFID.


Sophie Felletier

Sophie Felletier (left) from Queen's University and Ontario Public Health Laboratory, received one of the CFID Summer Studentship Awards from Dr. Natalie Prystajecky, Chair of the CFID Awards Committee.

 

Antibiotic Awareness Week, November 18-24, 2013

Antibiotic Awareness Week is part of a worldwide effort to promote responsible use of antibiotics and coincides with similar activities in the United States and Europe. Information about Antibiotic Awareness Week 2013 in Canada can be found at AntibioticAwareness.ca, and includes posters to download and a link to webinars. This initiative is a collaboration of many health groups and organizations in Canada, all working under the umbrella of AntibioticAwareness.ca. To participate in Antibiotic Awareness Week you can:

  • Display the posters in your office and classrooms
  • Help your co-workers, patients, clients and family members to understand the significance of antibiotic resistance
  • If you have students, help them to be able to discuss the appropriate use of antibiotics with patients and community members
  • Remember to avoid infections by proper handwashing
  • Pass this information along to your co-workers and colleagues

2013 CFID Awards Presentation

The 2013 CFID Awards ceremony took place on April 4, 2013 during the AMMI Canada /CACMID Annual Conference in Quebec City. Winners included:

  • Dr. Juan A. Embil Trainee Award - Dr. Leyla Asadi, University of Alberta
  • Dr. John M. Embil Mentorship Award - Dr. Anne McCarthy, University of Ottawa
  • CFID Summer Studentship Awards:
    • - Mohamad Rabbani, McGill University
    • - Zach Liang, University of British Columbia
    • - Tara Riddell, Dalhousie University
Dr. Leya Asadi

Dr. Leyla Asadi (right), from the University of Alberta, receiving the 2013 Juan A. Embil Trainee Award from Dr. Susan Richardson.

Zach Liang

Zach Liang (right), from the University of British Columbia, receiving one of three CFID Summer Studentship awards from Dr. Susan Richardson.

 

Dr. Anthony W. Chow receives 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from AMMI Canada

Dr. Anthony Chow was the recipient of the 2012 AMMI Canada Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding and distinguished career as an infectious disease physician. His achievements as a researcher, teacher, mentor, and leader have been lauded both nationally and internationally. Dr. Mark Joffe, President of AMMI Canada, commented: "(Tony)...was the founding head of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of British Columbia. He has been extremely active in both clinical and basic research with particular interest in the role of anaerobic bacteria in health and disease, and the structure, function and molecular pathogenesis of Staphylococcal toxins and superantigens. He has received numerous research and teaching awards and has been very engaged in advocacy, participating in several guidelines committees with the IDSA, among other agencies. Very recently, he agreed to participate on the Board of the Canadian Foundation for Infectious Diseases where he has learned new skills as webmaster."

    Dr. Anthony Chow

     

    Dr. Dr. Anthony W. Chow receiving 2012 AMMI Canada Lifetime Achievement Award from Dr. Mark Joffe.


    CFID Bids Farewell to Retiring Board Members

    Three retiring CFID board members were honoured during the 2012 Annual General Meeting on May 4, 2012 in Vancouver, BC.

    • Ann LeBlanc, Treasurer (2008-2012)
    • Max Chernesky, Board member (2009-2012)
    • Ray Saginur, President (2002-2011) and member of the Board of Directors (1989-2012)

    Each retiring board member was presented with a commemorative mug to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for their distinguished service over the past 3-5 years.

    Ann LeBlanc with Susan Richardson

    Ann LeBlanc (L) receiving her mug from Dr. Susan Richardson, President of CFID

    Max Chernesky with Susan Richardson

    Dr. Max Chernesky (R) receiving his mug from Dr. Susan Richardson, President of CFID

    Dr. Ray Saginur

    Dr. Ray Saginur also received a special plaque in recognition of his valuable contribution to the Foundation over the past decade.

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