The 19th Annual Scientific Meeting for Health Sciences Research Trainees was a huge success, with over 180 attendees celebrating the research accomplishments of trainees at Queen’s. This year we had 103 abstracts submitted for presentation. From these, 12 submissions going across multiple disciplines were selected for oral talks, with the remaining 91 abstracts presented as posters in separate morning and afternoon sessions. Trainees who presented during the meeting were undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and residents from the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Arts and Science. The Keynote Speaker this year was Dr. Gunnar Blohm, who was one of the co-recipients of the 2015 Basmajian Award for Excellence in Research. As was the case in previous years, the poster sessions were organized and adjudicated by Graduate students. Twenty-eight graduate students participated in the adjudication process, and identified 14 posters for awards. The oral talks were adjudicated by 3 postdoctoral fellows. Winners of the prizes for oral and poster presentations are listed below:
Dean’s Award for Best Oral Presentation: Christopher Doiron, Department of Urology, for his talk entitled: Clinical phenotyping does not differentiate Hunner’s Lesion subtype of Interstitial/Bladder Pain Syndrome (IC/BPS): A relook at the role of cystoscopy. The runner up award went to Michael Frucci, Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, for his talk entitled: A novel cis-acting mRNA stabilization protein promotes expression of the mexAB-oprM multidrug effluc operon in Pseudomonas Aeruginosa. Honorable mention went to Patricia Hewston, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, for her presentation entitled: The activities-specific balance confidence scale for older adults with diabetes: Convergent, discriminant, and concurrent validity.
Best Poster Awards were given to: Yuan Yan Sin, DBMS; David N. Langelaan, Pathology and Molecular Medicine; Elizabeth Lightbody, Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine; Rodette N. Williams DBMS; Gianluca Sampieri, DBMS; Paulina Brzezinska, DBMS; Sandra G. Vincent, DBMS; Liam Remillard, Public Health Sciences; Jae Hoon Peter Lee, DBMS; Shuhiba Mohammad, DBMS; Karlaina Osmon, Centre for Neuroscience Studies; Michael Wood, Centre for Neuroscience Studies; Nicole Czegledy, DBMS; and Denisha Puvitharan, DBMS.
Many thanks to all the participants!