Spotlight on scholars

NSERC scholars to attend the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
Four outstanding NSERC supported researchers will be among the 400 aspiring young researchers from around the world who will spend a week with 30 Nobel Laureates at the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting in Germany.
July 31, 2017

Vanier scholar is studying whether autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects exercise among children
Children who have ASD can be socially or psychologically withdrawn. By using various tests, Emily Bremer, a PhD candidate in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University, is analyzing whether this disorder has an impact on their participation in physical activities. This could then help her design an intervention to improve their health overall.
June 7, 2017

Vanier scholar could help engineers extract oil through use of a computer software program
Extracting and preserving oil in an environmentally-friendly way has been a priority for Canada and nations around the world. Ahmed Mostafa, a PhD student in computer science at the University of Calgary, is studying whether JackVR, his virtual reality tool, will help engineers test whether their simulated off-shore oil rigs designs are environmentally sound.
June 7, 2017

Vanier scholar examines how minority languages communities can preserve their cultural identity
Preserving cultural identity of minority language communities is difficult. Joëlle Bissonnette, a PhD student in administration (with a specialization in management) at HEC Montréal, is studying how French Canadian music artists and entrepreneurs are affected by the increased use of digital technologies and comparing their efforts to those of their peers in Catalan, Spain for more of an international perspective.
June 7, 2017

Vanier scholar wants to improve social support for transgender youth
Transgender (or trans) people are those who feel the need to move away from their assigned sex at birth, in order to express who they are. Jake Pyne, a PhD candidate in Social Work and Gender Studies at McMaster University, is researching how transgender youth can receive support instead of rejection from other society members. This will help the youth medically transition to another gender and also avoid mental health issues.
February 5, 2016

Vanier scholar studies whether socialism can still exist in Cuba through its ongoing movement towards the private sector
Cuba has increased its involvement in the private sector and allowed residents to travel and work abroad. Daniel Salas-Gonzalez, a Cuban native and a PhD candidate at Dalhousie University, is studying whether these changes could trigger public debates that inspire democratic reform. He will analyze whether it’s possible for the current Cuban government to prevent this kind of free speech.
February 5, 2016

Vanier scholar seeks new ways to measure fetal heartbeats
The power of the mother’s heart and other electrical noises within her body can distort the heart waves of a fetus, which makes it difficult to record a fetal ECG. Kathryn Marcynuk, a PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Manitoba, is trying to resolve this problem by improving Independent Component Analysis (ICA).
January 21, 2016

Vanier scholar explores the impact of head injury on the brain's ability to function
What really happens to our brains after a concussion? Alexander 'Sandy' Wright is trying to find out with the Integrative Sports Concussion Research Group at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. While concussions have received a lot of press coverage, it's still an area that isn't quite understood by medical professionals.
March 30, 2015

Vanier scholar studies how organic transistors can send, receive and store electrical signals
Zhihui Yi likes to explore new scientific territory. This desire can sometimes lead to failed experiments. But that doesn't stop her persistent motivation as a researcher. If anything, it motivates her.
March 30, 2015

Vanier scholar analyzes the factors that impact immigrant/refugee women's health and employment
Growing up in India, Bharati Sethi found great power in education. It motivated her to find answers to scientific questions that were on her mind.
March 30, 2015

Vanier Scholar studies the effect of migration and family separation on youth
Vanier Scholar Jennifer Shaw, a PhD student in anthropology at Simon Fraser University, is studying the ways in which families are reconfigured through migration and specifically how it affects the sense of kinship and belonging among youth.
October 20, 2014

Vanier Scholar Renee Willmon analyzes the evolutionary impact of tuberculosis (TB) using 3D investigation
Renee Willmon, an accomplished Vanier Scholar at the University of Western Ontario, aims to use modern genetic and clinical understanding of TB to determine the ways this disease has impacted the evolution and development of societies through space and time.
April 16, 2014

Vanier Scholar Discovers a Potential New Target for Cancer and Diabetes Treatment
Vanier Scholar Mohamed Soliman at Mount Sinai Hospital and the University of Toronto has discovered that a protein, known until recently as part of a complex communication network within the cell, also plays a critical role in regulating glucose metabolism and cell growth.
April 4, 2014

Vanier scholar sheds light on the role of leptin in the regulation of glucose production
Vanier Scholar Brittany Rasmussen at the University of Toronto has shed light on the role of the hormone leptin in the regulation of glucose production...
March 12, 2014

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