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

2024 Symposium

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.

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Watch the 2023 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 2023.

2023 Student Research Competition Results

First Place: Queen’s University

The winning team of this year’s competition is Ali Haider, Sawsan Haider and Anhadh Law of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Their presentation, “Predicting Molecular Subgroups of Medulloblastoma Using Machine Learning to Improve Personalized Treatment Approaches”, earned them first place and $2,000.

Second Place: Universite de Sherbrooke

The team of Cedrik Marchildon, Widah Safih, Djessmy Guenieve P Michel of Universite de Sherbrooke, Quebec came in second place.

Their presentation, “Effects of Extensive Radiotherapy in Medulloblastoma on Volumes of Cortical Areas and Cerebellum and Thickness of Subcortical Areas: An AI Assisted Study”, earned them second place and $1,500.

Third Place: University of Calgary

The team of Amna Idris and Deema ElRufaei from the University of Calgary, Alberta came in third place.

Their research presentation, “Molecular Targeting of Group 4 Medulloblastoma with Ultrasound-Mediated Microbubbles to Mitigate Postoperative Cerebellar Mutism Risk”, earned them third prize and $1,000.

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Research Symposium and Virtual Lab Tours - May 15, 2021

Our virtual lab tours give an exclusive look at the laboratories of change-makers in the pediatric brain tumour research field, including:

Dr. Sheila Singh Lab – McMaster University (Hamilton, ON)
Dr. Marshall Pitz Lab – CancerCare Manitoba (Winnipeg, MB)
Dr. Lisa Porter Lab – University of Windsor (Windsor, ON)

Dr. Derek Tsang – “Re-irradiation for childhood brain tumours”
Dr. Vijay Ramaswamy – “What is ependymoma in 2021?”

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