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June 24, 2008

SickKids Scientist Dr. Lisa Robinson nationally recognized as a mentor of tomorrow’s researchers

Toronto – SickKids Scientist and Staff Physician Dr. Lisa Robinson received today the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Synapse Award. This award recognizes her outreach and guidance to youth and her contribution to the next generation of health scientists.

The Synapse award, worth $5000, is all the more special because the awardees are selected by the CIHR Youth Outreach Advisory Board – the very youth that have been inspired by the actions of these scientists. Robinson was nominated for her ongoing efforts to mentor youth through the Kids Science program that she founded and runs at The Hospital for Sick Children. The Kids Science program is designed to reach out to ‘at risk' youth and those who might not have exposure to science and technology opportunities in their communities. Through school visits from researchers, lab visits at SickKids, an annual event at SickKids - the Science Extravaganza - and youth mentoring, Robinson and her team provide youth with an opportunity to learn, experience research first-hand and consider the many academic opportunities and career options that are available in the world of science.

"When it comes to mentorship, Lisa Robinson is a leader for all of us here at SickKids," says Dr. Janet Rossant, Chief of Research. "Through the Kids Science program, Lisa inspires young people to consider a brighter future that is full of career possibilities in science and health research. And she reminds all researchers that, while it is important to succeed in our respective career paths, it is equally important to help young people follow in our footsteps."

The CIHR Synapse initiative is a program designed to bring together health researchers and young students across Canada. Synapse is a popular program in the science community with more than 4,000 CIHR-funded health researchers already signed up to become CIHR Synapse mentors. The program works to connect high school students with these mentors, to give them hands-on training experience that will help create the next generation of Canadian health researchers.

For more information, please contact:

Public Affairs
The Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Avenue
Suite 1742, Public Affairs, First floor Atrium
Toronto, ON
M5G 1X8
Phone: 416-813-5058
Fax: 416-813-5328