Two of our 2016 grant recipients – Noémie Pothier and Artin Ghassemian – describe how support from the Mach-Gaensslen Foundation has helped their research. SEE VIDEOS

Recipient institutions

Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health and the Mach-Gaensslen Foundation of Canada
10-year annual National Prize for Mental Health Research
Year 2: Awarded to Dr. Rudolf Uher, Dalhousie University
$100,000
Carleton University
Mach-Gaensslen Foundation Scholarship in Health Sciences Endowment Fund
3-year pledge of $100,000
Health sciences program for students in cardiology, oncology, psychiatry
$33,333
Memorial University of Newfoundland $25,000
Université Laval $25,000
Université de Montréal $25,000
McGill University $25,000
University of Ottawa $25,000
Queen’s University $20,000
University of Toronto $25,000
McMaster University $25,000
University of Western Ontario $25,000
University of Saskatchewan $15,000
University of Alberta $25,000
University of British Columbia $25,000

Student recipients

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Student Title of research project Facility advisor(s)
Hilary Alteen Quantitative image analysis of renal cell carcinoma metastasis: tracking tumor spread to improve patient outcomes Dr. Ross Feldman
Michael Peppis Bartellas Creating a palatal obturator using freeware and a low-cost 3D printer Dr. Gary Paterno
Jessica Common Lung cancer screening and diagnosis: how do we streamline patients with a diagnosis of lung cancer to reduce wait time? Dr. Scott Harris
Ramsey Powell Comparison of outcomes for sutureless and conventional aortic valve replacement Dr. Corey Adams
Ian Short Evaluation of active surveillance for patients with early prostate cancer Dr. Jinka Sathya

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Université Laval

Student Title of research project Facility advisor
Mathieu Allard Évaluation de l’index du réservoir aortique chez les patients alleints d’insuffisance rénale chronique Dr. Mohsen Agharazii
Catherine Beaumont Energy metabolism control in heart hypertrophy Dr. Marie Arsenault
Maude Cameron-Gagne Adult congenital heart disease: support for the elderly patient Dr. Marie Arsenault
William Enlow Lung adenocarcinoma tissue microarray production with application to pulmonary oncology Dr. Philippe Joubert
Raphael Laforest Gendron PD-L1 expression by pulmonary carcinoid tumors Dr. Philippe Joubert
Louis-David Leclerc Can we improve the detection of social anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders in early psychosis? Dr. Marc-Andre Roy

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Université de Montréal

Student Title of research project Faculty advisor
Marie-Pierre Beaudoi Rôle des récepteurs mGlu2/3 dans la consommation pathologique de cocaine Dr. Anna Samaha
Sophie Guay Grenier Caracterisation de l’effet de l’acetylation de SUMOI et de la phosphorylation de PML SIM sur leur interaction Dr. Jim G. Omichinski
Jessica Le Blanc Rôle d’ADAMTS 19 dans le développement cardiaque Dr. Gregor U. Andelfinger
Tiphaine Marrocq Nouvelles stratégies d’immunothérapie innovatrices afin de querir le neuroblastome chez l’enfant Dr. Elie Haddad
Olivia Portolese Rôle de la nutrition et du stress oxydant dans les complications cardiométaboliques chez les survivants de la LLA  Dr. Valerie Marcil

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McGill University

Student Title of research project Faculty advisor
Levon Boodaghians Longitudinal analysis of previously suicidal adolescents with BPD: correlates and predictors Dr. Brian Greenfield
Asli Buyukkurt Identifying activity rhythms and eating behaviour in treatment-resistant bipolar disorder Dr. Outi Mantere
Rouan Gaffar Single-stage versus staged multivessel percutaneous coronary intervention for myocardial infarction: a systematic review and meta analysis Dr. Mark Eisenberg
Artin Ghassemian Optimizing therapy for double hit diffuse large B-cell lymphoma Dr. Nathalie Johnson
Amanda Marino End of life care preferences in patients with severe and persistent mental illness Dr. Kari Looper
Noémie Pothier Development of multiplex tissue biomarker assay for prostate cancer Dr. Jacques Lapointe
Eric Sonke Investigating endogenous production of hydrogen sulfide in cancer cell lines and non-cancerous controls Dr. Morag Park
Russell Yanofsky Sex differences in the circulating and plaque expression of adipokines, chemerin and resistin, in relation to carotid atherosclerotic plaque instability Dr. Stella Daskalapoulou

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University of Ottawa

Student Title of research project Faculty advisor
Elise Beaudry Understanding the management of high acuity mental health patients in the emergency department Dr. Clare Gray
Louise Gresham Development of an autologous infected cell vaccine for the treatment of peritoneal carcinomatosis Dr. Rebecca Auer
Nicholas Timmerman Determination of the relationship between epicardial stenosis and myocardial flow reserve in patients with and without diabetes mellitus using invasive angiography and cardiac PET Dr. Aun-Yeong Chong
Matthew Tsang Does ectopic expression of germ cell proteins contribute to genomic instability in cutaneous T-cell lymphona? Dr. Ivan Litvinov
Jennifer Zlepnig Safety and efficacy of adult stem cell therapy in ischemic heart disease: a systematic review  Dr. Lauralyn McIntyre

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Queen’s University

Student Title of research project Faculty advisor
Omar Ibrahim Indications, outcomes, diagnostic yield and complications of … Dr. Adrian Baranchuk
Helena Kyunghee Kim MicroRNAs as regulators of redox change in psychiatric disorders Dr. Harriet Feilotter
Haris Vaid Implementing the pulse point smartphone application in Kingston Dr. Steven C. Brooks
Christina Moi An analysis of the extent of upstaging resulting from extensive staging investigations in suspected state 1 and 2 NSCLC presenting without evidence of metastatic disease Dr. Onofre Moran

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University of Toronto

Student Title of research project Faculty advisor
Rachel Barnett Integration of basic sciences and clinical sciences in medical phychiatry instruction to prepare medical students for future learning Dr. Sockalingam
Dr. Mylopoulos
Henry Baron Imaging alterations in endocannabinoid metabolism in clinical high risk and first episode psychosis Dr. Romina Mizrah
Ari Cuperfain The evaluation of a mobile appliation for the observation and analysis of responsive behaviours in dementia: a pilot project Dr. Andrea Iaboni
Yehia Fanous Heart failure in tetralogy of Fallot Dr. Edward Hickey
Alyssa Komar Development and pilot evaluation of a rehabilitation consult for survivors of head and neck cancer Dr. Julie Ringash
Yuchen Li Cancer patient reported health habits electronic record lung cancer study (CaPHELS) Dr. Geoffrey Liu
Kishan Shani Development of dysphagia screening tool in routine clinical oncologic care in Ontario Dr. Geoffrey Liu
Sarah Vinette Investigating the endocannabinoid system in antisocial and borderline personality disorder with persistent violence Dr. Nathan Kolla
Xin ye (Steven) Wang Prospective assessment of survivorship needs and quality of life in head and neck cancer Dr. Meredity Giuliani

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McMaster University

Student Title of research project Faculty advisor
Graham McClure Surgical atrial fibrillation ablation: a systematic review of randomized trials Dr. Richard Whitlock
Leen Naji Investigating cannabis use in patients hospitalized for suicide attempt in Ontario Dr. Zena Samaan
Aarti Rana Characterization of true neurological illness underlying psychiatric diagnoses of conversion disorder (or functional neurological disorder) Dr. Patricia Rosebush
Sean Rasmussen Predicting antipsychotic-induced side-effects and long-term treatment outcomes in first episode psychosis patients Dr. Patricia Rosebush
Wenqing Wendy Ye In vitro evaluation of candidate drug efficiency against novel targets of leukemic regenerating cells (LRC) in primary acute myeloid leukemia (AML) samples Dr. Mick Bhatia

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University of Western Ontario

Student Title of research project Faculty advisor
Farhad Ghasemi Development of novel therapeutics for improved outcomes in head and neck cancer Dr. Anthony Nichols
Andrew Gibson Characterization of vascular changes in hypertensive Alzheimer diseased rats Dr. Shawn Whitehead
Kaitlyn Hayes Cardiovascular comorbidity in SLE may have a care gap: data from the 1000 faces of lupus cohort Dr. Janet Pope
Hannah Milley A systematic review of he literature concerning substance use in transgender and gender diverse populations Dr. Coreta Bauer
Thomas Tsz-Chun So To identify clinical factors that can improve the fine-needle aspiration cytology diagnosis of Warthin tumour Dr. S. Danielle MacNeil
Boris Virine Genetic determinants of palbociclib efficacy Dr. Fred Dick

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University of Saskatchewan

Student Title of research project Faculty advisor
Catherine Guenther Targeting resistance to anti-EphA2 treatment in triple negative breast cancer Dr. Andrew Freywald
Megan McDonald Validation of synthetic dosage lethality for selective killing of malignant cells Dr. Franco Vizeacoumar
Jessica Reiniger Transformational research in adolescent mental health Dr. Caroline Tait

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University of Alberta

Student Title of research project Faculty advisor
Jacob Baran Depression research priority setting project Dr. Lorraine Breault
Savanna Boutin Depression research priority setting project Dr. Lorraine Breault
Courtney Handford Depression research priority setting project Dr. Lorraine Breault
Monique Jarrett Depression research priority setting project Dr. Lorraine Breault
Rachel Wang Depression research priority setting project Dr. Lorraine Breault

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University of British Columbia

Student Title of research project Faculty advisor
Arkhjamil (Archie) Angeles The utility of regorafenib therapy in a population-based cohort study of patients with unresectable or metastatic gastric cancer Dr. Winson Cheung
Vivien Hu Cerebral oximetry to assess cerebral autoregulation in hypoxemic ischemic brain injury (COnCEpT – HIBI) Dr. Donald Griesdale
Pouya Memar Delerium diary project: comforting, educating, and empowering family members of delirious patients Dr. Alan Bates
Collin Pryma Mechanism of impaired cholesterol removal from smooth muscle foam cells in atherosclerosis Dr. Gordon Francis
Yat Him Suen Investigation of the prevalence of maternal obstetric complications in early psychosis Dr. Donna Lang
Linda Yang Evaluation of BC Cancer Agency’s prospective outcomes and support initiative Dr. Robert Olson
Ren Jie (Robert) Yao Early predictor risk factors for developing left ventricular dysfunction post adjuvant trastuzumab therapy in HER2+ breast cancer patients Dr. Margot Davis
Jeffrey Yim Evaluation of the impact of left ventricular mass on diastolic blood pressure targets in patients with coronary artery disease Dr. Simon Rabkin
Jeffrey Yiu The functional connectome: hallucinations Dr. Todd Woodward
Christina Zhang Lymphoma cancer Internet patient information: a systematic evaluation of the quality of online resources for lymphoma patients and characterization of Internet usage patterns Dr. Paris-Ann Ingledew

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