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Neurosciences & Mental Health

Recent awards

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Dr. Julie Lefebvre

Dr. Julie Lefebvre recipient of 2015 Sloan Research Fellowship
By: Rebecca Alberico

Dr. Julie Lefebvre, Scientist in the Neurosciences & Mental Health Program at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), has been named a recipient of the 2015 Sloan Research Fellowship. Lefebvre is among 126 outstanding early-career scientists and scholars across the United States and Canada to be awarded the highly-competitive two-year fellowship.

“I am very honoured to be selected as a Sloan Research Fellow,” said Lefebvre. “As a new scientist, this is an incredible gesture of support for my research on understanding the fundamental mechanisms of how the brain is wired.”

Recipients, nominated by their peers, are selected based on notable performance and his or her potential to make significant contributions to their respective fields. Lefebvre’s name was put forth by, , Dr. Janet Rossant, Senior Scientist and Chief of Research and Dr. Michael Salter, Head and Senior Scientist of Neurosciences & Mental Health and Associate Chief, Science Strategy Research Institute at SickKids.

“I am delighted to see Julie being recognized as a young scientist for her work in neuroscience,” said Rossant.  “Winners of the Sloan Research Fellowship have gone on to make amazing triumphs in science and we are proud that Lefebvre has begun building her scientific career here at SickKids.”

Lefebvre’s current research involves studying the roles of genes in the complex formation of neural circuits.
“I hope to bridge my work to advance our understanding of how genetic alterations affect brain development and other brain disorders,” said Lefebvre.

“I hope to bridge my work to advance our understanding of how genetic alterations affect brain development and other brain disorders,” said Lefebvre.

For the full list of Sloan Research Fellowship recipients visit the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation website. A congratulatory full-page ad was also printed in the New York Times on Monday, Feb. 23.

Greg Borschel awarded the 2014 George Armstrong Peters Prize

Dr Gregory Borschel

Congratulations to Dr. Greg Borschel, who was awarded the 2014 George Armstrong Peters Prize by the Division of Surgery at the University of Toronto’s 40th Annual Gallie Day. The award is presented to a young investigator who has shown outstanding productivity during his/her initial period as an independent investigator – demonstrated by research publications in peer-reviewed journals, grants held and students trained. It represents the highest level of recognition that can be bestowed by the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto (U of T) on a young surgeon.

Since his arrival at SickKids in 2009, Borschel has assembled a phenomenal research team focused on the study of peripheral nerve injury and regeneration. He has secured more than $4.2 million in peer-reviewed funding since 2002, has published a minimum of five peer-reviewed publications each year for the past 10 years, has mentored over 20 students and residents since 2009 and was co-editor of the Michigan Manual of Plastic Surgery – considered to be one of the ‘bibles’ of plastic surgery resident training. Borschel has garnered national and international recognition for innovative research into peripheral nerve pathophysiology and secured patents for tissue engineering initiatives, such as artificial nerve conduits. He is also a gifted microsurgeon and has developed expertise in post-oncologic limb salvage and liver transplantation as well as innovative techniques in corneal re-innervation.

Borschel is an Associate Scientist in Neurosciences & Mental Health and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering respectively at U of T.

Dr. Maureen Lovett and team receive award for outstanding published work

Dr. Maureen Lovett, a Senior Scientist at the Neurosciences & Mental Health Program at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto, has received the International Reading Association’s (IRA) 2014 Albert J. Harris Award.  The award recognizes outstanding published works focused on the identification, prevention, assessment or instruction of people who have difficulty with learning to read or write. learn more 

Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Pang and Dr. Margot J. Taylor, recipients of the Surgeon General’s Medal of Service, presented by Brigadier-General J.R. Bernier on October 15, 2013!

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Dr. Pang and Dr. Taylor received a grant entitled: Application of Non-invasive Magnetoencephalography (MEG) for Objective Assessment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): A Pilot Study from Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), supported by the Canadian Forces Health Services.  

The Surgeon General of Canada awarded Pang and Taylor medals for their successful work and progress on this grant, that is to determine reliable diagnostic measures for PTSD (and mild TBI) for future translation into assessment of soldiers returning from combat. Their assessments are expected to be valuable in monitoring soldiers' progression and recovery.

 Dr. Rosemary Tannock, Senior Scientist, Neurosciences & Mental Health, was recently inducted into the Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Hall of Fame for her medical and educational research on ADHD. Tannock is also the Canada Research Chair in Special Education and Adaptive Technology and Professor of Special Education and Adaptive Instruction, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

Jonathan Lipszyc, Psychiatry Research, received a CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Award for his project titled "Inhibitory control in children with traumatic brain injury: A lesion deficit study." Lipszyc is supervised by Dr. Russell Schachar, Senior Scientist in the Neurosciences & Mental Health Program.

Vera Nenadovic, RN, Critical Care Medicine, received a CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Award for her project titled EEG synchrony in paediatric traumatic brain injury. Nenadovic is supervised by Dr. Jamie Hutchison, Research Director, Critical Care Medicine, and Senior Scientist, Neurosciences & Mental Health, and  Dr. Jose Luis Perez Velazquez, Associate Scientist in Neurosciences & Mental Health.