Kudos for October 2011


Dr. Mark Sharma interviewed by CTV, The Toronto Star and UK Daily Mail about a study which analyzed 1,000 Ottawa stroke patients. The study was presented at Canadian Stroke Congress and demonstrated that smoking may cause strokes to occur nearly a decade earlier.

University of Ottawa has joined the ranks of the Top 200 Universities in the world for the first time, as determined by the prestigious Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Dr. Mark Tyndall interviewed on CBC Newsworld on October 17th in regards to the recent infection scare at the Ottawa endoscopy clinic.

Dr. Michael Chretien has been promoted from Chevalier to Officier in l’Ordre national de la Legion d’Honneur de la Republique francaise. The award recognizes Dr. Chretien’s exemplary contributions to France-Canada relations, particularly in scientific research.


Dr. Ajoy Basak and colleagues published new research in Journal of Cellular Physiology that reveals that a sperm protein called PCSK4 plays a critical role in mammalian fertilization by cutting and activating other sperm proteins. Research could lead to development of novel contraceptives.

Dr. Ed Lemaire organized an event with 200 leading rehabilitation experts, biomedical engineers, clinicians and scientists from 6 countries for the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) Annual Symposium in Ottawa. The event included a tour of The Ottawa Hospital Rehab Centre’s CAREN Virtual Reality Laboratory.

Stroke Research received $10 million in re funding from Heart and Stroke Foundation for a partnership between OHRI, uOttawa, Baycrest, Sunnybrook Health Sciences centre and Memorial University. Dr. Tony Hakim commented on a new study showing that even high-normal BP can greatly increase the risk of stroke.

Dr. Antonio Colavita and his team have discovered a novel genetic pathway that plays a crucial role in the development of the nervous system in worms. The research has important implications for understanding the human brain and developing novel therapies to promote brain regeneration.

Dr. Duncan Stewart leading a ream of prominent members of the local life sciences community who have banded together to make a group called Ottawa Life Sciences Cluster. They hope to enhance collaboration and commercialization and attract new investment.

Dr. Michael Rudnicki participated in a panel discussion on stem cell research on October 13th as part of a book launch for “Dreams and due diligence: Till & McCulloch’s Stem Cell Discovery & Legacy”.


Dr. Greg Rose interviewed by Ottawa Citizen in regards to TOH’s ongoing implementation of e-Health. 240 TOH doctors are the first in Ontario to be linked to a province-wide database that allows access to a more complete picture of patient medical history and health situation.

Dr. Mark Clemons was interviewed about breast cancer research and treatment by Ottawa’s 1310 News radio to mark the beginning of breast cancer awareness month. In a story in The Ottawa Citizen, Dr. Clemons mentions that breast cancer changes over time so he recommends consideration of second biopsies for some women, to ensure they receive the best treatment.

Dr. Mark Tyndall interviewed by The Ottawa Citizen (October 4th) about a safe injection site for Ottawa leading up to Ontario provincial election. Vern White and Mayor Jim Watson are opposed. Dr. Tyndall warned that “Ottawa has possibly the highest rate of new HIV infections among drug users in all of Canada.”  Vancouver has a successful safe injection site in operation.


Dr. Curtis Cooper has been selected to receive the Glen Hilson Award from the Canadian Treatment Action Council in recognition of his excellence in support of HIV-related human rights and advocacy issues, particularly with respect to ensuring that people with HIV have access to liver transplants.

Dr. Michael Rudnicki and Dr. Lynn Megeny were both honoured by Ottawa Life Magazine as two of the top 25 people in Ottawa. Both were recognized for their pioneering research in stem cells and regenerative medicine.

OHRI has announced the recipients of the annual Research Awards to be awarded on November 5th at TOH Gala. Recipients are:

Dr. Shawn Aaron will be awarded the Dr. Michael Chretien Researcher of the Year award for his groundbreaking work on cystic fibrosis.

Dr. Rashmi Kothary will be awarded the Dr. J. David Grimes Research Career Achievement award for his pioneering research on neuromuscular disease.

Dr. Jean-Simon Diallo will be awarded the Dr. Ronald G. Worton Researcher in Training award for his promising work with Dr. John Bell on novel drugs that manipulate the growth of virus-based cancer therapeutics and vaccines.

CAME 2011 Certificate of Merit Award:

Dr. Anna Byszewski, Dept of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics

Dr. Louise Laramee, Dept of Medicine, Division of Cardiology