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2017 ZPPM Conference Awards

Cover Page Design Award:

Koroboshka Brand-Arzemendi, Zebrafish Centre for Advanced Drug Discovery, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada

Travel Awards:

  1. Tamjid Chowdhury (Postdoc), Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA “Temporal and spatical post-transcriptional regulation of zebrafish tie-1 mRNA by long non-coding RNA”
  2. Ivo Eijkenboom (PhD Candidate), Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht, The Netherlands “A zebrafish model for small-fiber neuropathy”
  3. Han Lee (PhD Candidate), Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA “Development of a dual-light assay system to identify genetic or epigenetic modifiers of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis”

University of Toronto McLaughlin Trainee Awards:

  1. Suzan El-Rass (PhD Candidate), Zebrafish Centre for Advanced Drug Discovery, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada “Temporal and spatical post-transcriptional regulation of zebrafish tie-1 mRNA by long non-coding RNA”
  2. Arman Hassanpour (M.Sc. Candidate), Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto & Zebrafish Centre for Advanced Drug Discovery, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada “Preclinical development of drugs for intracerebral hemmorhage (ICH)”
  3. Onofrio Laselva (Postdoc), Program in molecular Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada “Studying the distinct sensitivities of CFTR modulators using Zebrafish-CFTR”

University of Toronto McLaughlin Trainee Awards:

  1. Suzan El-Rass (PhD Candidate), Zebrafish Centre for Advanced Drug Discovery, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada “Temporal and spatical post-transcriptional regulation of zebrafish tie-1 mRNA by long non-coding RNA”
  2. Éric Samarut (Postdoc), CRCHUM, University of Montréal, Québec, Canada “Light-induced Generalized Epilepsy in GABRA1 Knockout Zebrafish: A Simple Model for Unravelling the Molecular Basis of Epilepsy and Screening for Anti-Epileptic Drugs”

Poster Presentation Awards:

  1. 1st Place: Sina Hadipour-Lakmehsari (M.Sc. Candidate) Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research, Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada “Functional analysis of novel regulators of cardiac function in zebrafish”
  2. 1st Place: Neil Merovitch (PhD Candidate) Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia & The University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada “A simple automated system for appetitive conditioning of zebrafish in their home tanks and studying underlying neural activation”
  3. 2nd Place: Xuefei Yuan (PhD Candidate) Program in Genetics and Genome Biology, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada “Ancient enhancers drive cardiac expression patterns during early vertebrate heart development”
  4. 3rd Place: Justin Kenney (Postdoc) Program in Neuroscience and Mental Health, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada “Towards the generation of a digital adult zebrafish brain atlas”
  5. 3rd Place: Patrick Shi (PhD Candidate) Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada “Acidosis prolongs APD in optically mapped adult zebrafish whole hearts as a reult of hERG channel block”

3rd ZPPM Conference Organizing Committee:

  • Randall Peterson (Harvard Medical School, USA)
  • Stephen Ekker (Mayo Clinic at Rochester, USA)
  • Oliver Bandmann (University of Sheffield, UK)
  • Ian Scott (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Xiao-Yan Wen (Chair, ZCADD, St. Michael’s Hospital, Canada)
2nd Z-BRAIN Neuroscience Workshop Organizing Committee:
  • Pierre Drapeau (University of Montreal, Canada)
  • Chris Barden (Treventis Corporation, Canada)
  • Xiao-Yan Wen (Chair, ZCADD, St. Michael’s Hospital, Canada)
Organizer: Zebrafish Centre for Advanced Drug Discovery (ZCADD)
Location: Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital 209 Victoria Street Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5B 1T8
Banner picture: Image courtesy of Ms. Suzan El-Rass & Dr. Youdong Wang (Dr. Wen lab, SMH)