Congratulations to Dr. Edward Xie, Emergency physician at UHN, for receiving the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Study Award!

Dr. Xie received the award for his work on equity-informative economic analysis of financial protection in Canadian pharmacare programs. His proposal was ranked fifth out of 402 applications in the national competition and was awarded $105,000 over three years.

The CIHR Doctoral Study Award provides special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field abroad.

Dr. Xie, who has been at UHN since 2012, is also a clinician investigator in the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute. He studied medicine at the University of Western Ontario, completed his Family Medicine residency at University of Toronto (U of T) and Emergency Medicine fellowship at McGill University.

He earned his master's degree in Health Policy, Planning and Financing jointly at the London School of Economics and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and began his PhD program at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at U of T in 2021.


Congratulations to Shaghayegh Chavoshian, a trainee at UHN's KITE Research Institute, for earning the ATS Abstract Scholarship and for winning the Best Poster Presentation award at the recent ToBE Conference!

The ATS Abstract Scholarship is given to trainees whose work is deemed of the highest quality by the ATS Assembly Program Committees. The annual ToBE conference showcases the work of Biomedical Engineering graduate students and faculty members through a series of oral and poster presentations.

ATS Abstract Scholarship is a part of the ATS international conference. ATS offers a limited number of abstract scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to individuals based on the quality of abstracts submitted as reviewed by the Assembly Program Committees.

The Toronto Biomedical Engineering (ToBE) Conference has been running since 1985. It showcases the work of students and faculty members through oral and poster presentations. This conference brings together 300 plus students and more than 100 faculty to discuss new frontiers in academia and industry on an international stage.

Shaghayegh is a second-year PhD student with the University of Toronto's Institute of Biomedical Engineering, working with the team at SleepDB lab.


Congratulations to Mohit Kapoor, Co-Director at UHN's Schroeder Arthritis Institute, for winning the Canadian Connective Tissue Society Robin Poole Investigator Award!

This award recognizes excellence in arthritis research and is a recognition for outstanding work at the forefront of Arthritis Research. The principal role of the Canadian Connective Tissue Society is to advance the scientific and clinical understanding of connective tissues in both health and disease.

Dr. Kapoor is also a professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Toronto. He is the Tony and Shari Fell Platinum Chair in Arthritis Research and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair. He is also a Senior Scientist at UHN's Krembil Brain Institute.


Congratulations to Dr. Tak Mak, Senior Scientist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, for winning the 2023 William B. Coley Award for Distinguished Research in Basic and Tumor Immunology!

In honour of Dr. William B. Coley, awardees receive an honorary medal and $5,000 prize. The award has been given to some of the world's most gifted scientists. The Cancer Research Institute's (CRI) highest scientific honour recognizes scientists who have made pioneering discoveries in basic immunology and cancer immunology.

Dr. Mak has paved the way for discoveries in immunology throughout his career. At 30, he discovered the structure of T-cell receptor genes, changing the world of cancer immunology and laying the groundwork for many of today's cancer treatments. His research continues to shape our understanding of cancer and the development of immunological treatments.

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