Kudos for September 2012



Mark Clemons interviewed by Yahoo Canada on treating pregnant women diagnosed with cancer.

Ray Saginur published a letter in The Ottawa Citizen addressing a remark made by Dr. Isra Levy that infectious disease have nearly been conquered and our biggest problem is obesity.

Personal essay written by Nav Saloojee published in The Globe and Mail on July 15th, 2012. Article entitled “I’m a doctor, but my father’s heart surgery still filled me with doubts.”

Kumanan Wilson interviewed by The Ottawa Citizen in regards to acceptance or resistance to flu shots. He writes that it is not about being part of a particular ethnic group but rather it is something about the values or lifestyles or behaviour patterns of people within those groups.

Jeff Turnbull quoted by Huffington Post at end CMA annual meeting: “We have seen a slow and steady decline in what we would all now agree is a deeply troubled health-care system. To be clear, this pillar of Canadian society is eroding.”


David Park and Michael Schlossmacher and Parkinson Research Consortium have developed mouse model that mimics a familial form of early-onset Parkinson Disease. Details in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

Rashmi Kothary and colleagues made an important discovery about spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). They found connections with SMA and defects in the pancreas and problems in processing glucose. This now points to a need to assess metabolism when determining therapeutic plan. Details in Annals of Neurology.

Duncan Stewart and Andrew Seely involved with the 11th International Conference on Complexity in Acute Illness in early September in Ottawa. Conference brings together mathematicians, engineers, biological scientists, clinicians and industry to share advances in quantitative sciences that improve bedside decision-making and patient outcomes.

Johnny Ngsee and colleagues have discovered a new mechanism that provides insight into a familial form of ALS. Dr. Ngsee’s team identified the critical role played by a gene called VAPB in the creation of pores in the nuclear membrane. He also found that VAPB resides in a cell compartment called the ERGIC where pores are assembled before being inserted into the nuclear membrane. Complete paper can be found in Journal of Cell Science.


Ride the Rideau cancelled due to severe weather part way through the ride. There were 718 riders and more than 350 volunteers. Event raised more than $1.72 million and retains status as top cancer fundraiser in Eastern Ontario.

Kidney Research Centre hosted Stephane Etienne and his WorldRiderZ tour at the end of August 2012. Stephane rides his motorcycle in North America to raise awareness for chronic kidney disease. Shows are broadcast on Discovery Channel. Tours of the Kidney Research Centre were led by: Chris Kennedy, Deborah Zimmerman and Todd Fairhead. Details can be found on WorldRiderZ website. Show is expected to air in early 2013.


Congratulations to Jose Pereira who has been selected to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Dr. Pereira will receive the medal at the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) annual general meeting on Thursday October 11th, 2012.

American Medical Writers Association have given special recognition to contributors – Jeff Perry, Christian Vaillancourt, Carl van Walraven, Ian Graham, Jason Frank and Steve Choi for contributions they made to The Research Guide: A Primer for residents, other health care trainees, and practitioners.  The book has received AMWA’s prestigious 2012 Medical Book Award.