Kudos for May 2011

Recognizing significant contributions and achievements from the members of the Department of Medicine in the form of awards, grants, media mentions and publications.


Dr. Duncan Stewart received the Biomedical Science Ambassador Award from Partners in Research at May 11th Gala event. Dr. Stewart wins the prize not for his actual research, but for educating thousands of young people about biomedical research. In addition to his work in classrooms, labs and seminars, he has worked with news media and public science forums

Dr. Stephanie Hoar has been awarded the Teaching Skills Attainment Award at the U of O Annual Faculty Development Day. The award recognizes individual commitments to professional development in medical education.

Dr. Anna Byszewski is a 2011 Compass Award winner. The Ottawa Hospital Compass Awards peer recognition program celebrates those individuals who live the hospital’s core values on a regular basis, shares those values with others and whose actions have a positive influence on staff, patients and visitors.

Dr. Chris Glover has won the 2011 PAIRO Residency Program Excellence Award. This award was created in order to recognize those programs that have consistently provided an exceptionally positive and rewarding experience to their residents, while producing physicians who are expertly trained to deal with the challenges in their upcoming careers.

Dr. Angela Crawley (research associate in Dr. Jonathan Angel’s group) has received a four-year Junior Investigator Development Award from the Ontario HIV Treatment Network. The award will help advance her research on molecular mechanisms responsible for immune system dysfunction in people with HIV.


Dr. Jean-Simon Diallo (post-doc working with Dr. John Bell) was interviewed by several newspapers in Canada regarding the discovery of novel compounds that enhance viral replication. The compounds have important applications in the development of cancer fighting viruses and the production of vaccines for a variety of diseases.

Dr. Shawn Aaron’s cystic fibrosis research was featured in the National Post. A recent study, published in JAMA, showed that a dangerous strain of bacteria is spreading among cystic fibrosis patients in Ontario.

Dr. Rebecca Auer was interviewed on CFRA about cancer research and clinical trials, including her work with Dr. John Bell on oncolytic viruses. The interview was part of a special feature on CFRA’s Run for Research Team, which aims to raise $100,000 for research at OHRI.

Papers of Note

Dr. Dar Dowlatshahi has solved the debate about how CT scanning can be used to evaluate bleeding in the brain and guide treatment decisions. His research can be read in the journal Neurology.

Dr. Curtis Cooper has published new research that shows that, although people with immune disorders often have poor response to vaccines, immune-stimulating adjuvants may be able to get around the problem at least for people with HIV who want to get vaccinated against influenza. Papers have been published in AIDS Beacon and PloS One.