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The Pam and Rolando Del Maestro Family Undergraduate Student Research Competition Awards

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In 2017, The Pam And Rolando Del Maestro Family Undergraduate Student Research Competition Awards – named for Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s co-founders – were established to promote scientific innovation among Canadian undergraduate students.

This undergraduate research competition is an opportunity to showcase your work to other scientists, researchers, and professionals attending the Research Symposium.

This competition provides students an opportunity to create a research proposal, practice presentation skills and receive constructive feedback from a panel that includes physicians and researchers.

This year the symposium will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2023 from 11:00 am – 1:15 pm EST.

2023 Competition Overview

2022 Student Research Competition Results

This year we had a unique situation that we had a tie for first place. Funds for first and second place were added together and divided amongst the top two teams and the “second” place received third place award funds, yet a second place “title”.

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Watch the 2022 Presentation

Thank you to all the teams that submitted Letters of Intent and those who were selected to present at our Student Research Competition. We look forward to seeing all your names again in future opportunities. Congratulations to the winning teams for 2022.

Joint First Place: Queen’s University

The joint winning team of this year’s competition is Dhruv Patel and Gurdit Sood of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Their presentation, “Developing a Radiogenomic Classification of Atypical Meningioma Using DNA Methylation Status and Machine Learning”, earned them joint first place and $1,750.

Joint First Place: Western University

The joint winning team of this year’s competition is Jackie Ve and Rafeh Shahid of Western University in London, Ontario.

Their presentation, “Lock-on Missiles – Using Antibody-conjugated Dual-Packaged Stable Nucleic Acid Lipid Particles to Deliver miRNA and Small Molecule Inhibitors Against GATA-4 Expressing Atypical Meningiomas”, earned them joint first place and $1,750.

Second Place: McGill University

The team of Neevya Balasubramaniam and Nour Kabbes from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec came in third place.

Their research presentation, “Good day, bad day: Mobile health app for post-meningioma resection”, earned them second prize and $500.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Student Research Competition please contact:
Susan Ruypers
Research Program Specialist
1-800-265-5106 ext. 240