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Congratulations to Pharmacy and Nutrition Students!

College of Pharmacy and Nutrition students have been tremendously successful at conferences so far this summer.  We would like to sincerely congratulate our students who recently received national poster awards: 

Merlin Thangaraj, a third year PhD student studying under Dr. Adil Nazarali, was awarded the 2014 AFPC/Rx&D National Student Research Poster Award at the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada Conference, held in Saskatoon from May 31 to June 3rd, for her poster Functional Requirement and Regulation of SIRT2 during Oligodendrocyte Development and Myelination. Co-authors included Ronald Doucette, Shaoping Ji, and Adil Nazarali. 

In Montreal in June, two College of Pharmacy and Nutrition students were also recognized for their research at the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences/Canadian Chapter of the Controlled Release Society Annual Conference:  

Saniya Alwani, a second year MSc student in Dr. Ildiko Badea’s laboratory, received the Antoine Noujaim Award of Excellence for her poster Amino Acid Functionalized Nanodiamonds as Gene Delivery Vectors. Co-authors included Jackson M. Chitanda, Deborah Michel, Ron Verrall, and Ildiko Badea. 

Summer student Caitlin Strugari, also in Dr. Badea’s laboratory, received the University of Saskatchewan’s GlaxoSmithKline National Summer Student Research Program Award and was invited to present her research on cyclodextrin-based nanoparticles as a means to overcome drug resistance in melanoma at the CSPS conference. Co-authors included Masoomeh (Ziba) Poorghorban, Deborah Michel, and Ildiko Badea. 

Congratulations to these talented young researchers!