CIP Trainee News

Here we celebrate the awards, publications and other accomplishments of our CIP Trainees.

2020 CIP News

  • Dr. Nicholas Sader Sader N, Kulkarni AV, Eagles ME, Ahmed S, Koschnitzky JE, Riva-Cambrin J. The quality of YouTube videos on endoscopic third ventriculostomy and endoscopic third ventriculostomy with choroid plexus cauterization procedures available to families of patients with pediatric hydrocephalus. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2020:1-8.
  • Dr. Jamie Benham  Benham JL, Booth JE, Dunbar MJ, Doucette S, Boulé NG, Kenny GP, Prud’homme D, Sigal RJ Significant dose-response relationship between exercise adherence and hemoglobin A1c change for aerobic or combined training but not resistance training. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2020 Mar 13 doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002339 [Epub ahead of print]
  •  Dr. Tyrone Harrison Harrison TG, Ahmed S, Bele S, Cavanagh N, Hemmelgarn BR, McCaughey D. Is my Quality Improvement Initiative Also Research? A Primer on Making this Distinction and the Ethical Considerations for Graduate Trainees. Am J Med Qual. 2020; [Published online ahead of print, 2020 May 31].
  • Dr. Tyrone Harrison  Harrison TG, Shukalek CB, Hemmelgarn BR, Zarnke KB, Ronksley PE, Iragorri N, Graham MM, James MT. Association of NT-proBNP and BNP with future clinical outcomes in patients with end-stage kidney disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Kidney Dis. 2020; [In Press].
  • Dr. Tyrone Harrison   Tam-Tham H, Ravani P, Zhang J, Weaver RG, Quinn RR, James MT, Liu P, Manns BJ, Tonelli M, Ronksley RE, Harrison TG, Thomas C, Davison S, Hemmelgarn BR. Association of Initiation of Dialysis with Hospital Length of Stay and Intensity of Care in Older Adults with Kidney Failure. JAMA Network Open 2020; [In Press]
  • Dr. Tyrone Harrison   Farragher JF, Stewart KE, Harrison TG, Engel L, Seaton SE, Hemmelgarn BR. Cognitive Interventions for Adults with Chronic Kidney Disease: Protocol for a Scoping Review. Syst Rev. 2020; [In Press].

2019 CIP News

  • Congratulations to Dr. Stefan Lang for First Place in the CIP Excellence in Published Research Award
  • Congratulations to Dr. Alysha Keen for Second Place in the CIP Excellence in Published Research Award
  • Congratulations to Dr. Nickolas Sader for the J. Gregory Cairncross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research at the DCNS Research Day
  • Congratulations to Dr. Daniel You for Best Poster Presentation in Basic Pharmacology/MedEd at the 2019 CSCI-CITAC Annual Scientific Meeting Young Investigators Forum.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Michael Yang who was awarded Second Place in the 2019 CSCI Awards for Excellence in Resident Research for his abstract is entitled: “Development and validation of a clinical prediction score for poor postoperative pain control following elective spine surgery: the Calgary Postoperative Pain after Spine Surgery (CAPPS) Score”.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Michael Yang for his recent award: the Charles Kuntz Scholar Award from the Joint Section on Disorders of Spine & Peripheral Nerve Meeting in Miami .
  • Congratulations to Dr. Daniel You who received two awards during the 2019 Calgary Orthopaedic Resident Research Day: Dr. Robert Townsend Scientific Award for Best Podium Presentation, and the People's Choice Award for Best Podium Presentation.
  • The following trainees were recipients of the Community Health Science Achievement Award issued for outstanding academic achievements within the Community Health Sciences over the past academic year.: Drs.Jamie Benham, Tyrone Harrison, Alysha Keehn, Michael Yang and Becky Hartley.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Stefan Lang, his work: Pre-operative Motor Training Combined with Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Increases Motor Cortex Connectivity in Glioma Patients was rated as a top abstract and received a travel award and platform presentation at the World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery this summer in New York.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Candice Poon, winner of the 2019 K.G. McKenzie Memorial Prize for Basic Research
  • Dr. Alysha Keehn: Keehn A, Olson D, Dort J, Parker S, Anderes S, Headley L, Elwi A, Estey A, Crocker A, Laws A & Quan ML.(2019) Same-day surgery for mastectomy patients in Alberta: a perioperative care pathway and quality improvement initiative. Annals of Surgical Oncology, 26(10), 3354-60.
  • Dr. Alysha Keehn: Laws A, Crocker A, Dort J, Olson D, Elwi A, Anderes S, Parker S, Estey A, Keehn A & Quan ML. (2019) Improving wait times and patient experience through implementation of a provincial expedited diagnostic pathway for BI-RADS 5 breast lesions. Annals of Surgical Oncology, 26(10), 3361-67.
  • Dr. Jamie Benham : Yamamoto, J. M., Benham, J. L., Dewey, D., Sanchez, J. J., Murphy, H. R., Feig, D. S., & Donovan, L. E. (2019). Neurocognitive and behavioural outcomes in offspring exposed to maternal pre-existing diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Diabetologia, 62(9), 1561-1574. .
  • Dr. Candice Poon : Poon, C. C., Gordon, P. M., Liu, K., Yang, R., Sarkar, S., Mirzaei, R., ... & Kelly, J. J. (2019). Differential microglia and macrophage profiles in human IDH-mutant and-wild type glioblastoma. Oncotarget, 10(33), 3129.
  • Dr. Michael Yang: Yang, M. M., St-Pierre, G. H., & DuPlessis, S. (2019). Patient Predictors of Surgical Candidacy in Elective Spine Disorders. Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences, 46(1), 96-101.
  • Dr. Stefan Lang: Lang, S., Hanganu, A., Gan, L. S., Kibreab, M., Auclair‐Ouellet, N., Alrazi, T., ... & Sarna, J. (2019). Network basis of the dysexecutive and posterior cortical cognitive profiles in Parkinson's disease. Movement Disorders.
  • Dr. Michael Yang:   Mui, J., Yang, M. M., Cohen, T., McDonald, D. I., & Hunt, H. (2019). More Than a Myoma: A Review of Myomatous Erythrocytosis Syndrome. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada
  • Dr. Michael Yang and Dr. Rebecca Hartley : Yang, M. M., Hartley, R. L., Leung, A. A., Ronksley, P. E., Jetté, N., Casha, S., & Riva-Cambrin, J. (2019). Preoperative predictors of poor acute postoperative pain control: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ open, 9(4), e025091.
  • Dr. Michael Yang: Yang, M. M., Hader, W., Bullivant, K., Brindle, M., & Riva-Cambrin, J. (2019). Calgary Shunt Protocol, an adaptation of the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network shunt protocol, reduces shunt infections in children. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, 23(5), 559-567.
  • Dr. Andrea Devrome: Devrome, A. N., Aggarwal, S., McMurtry, M. S., Southern, D., Hauer, T., Lamb, B., ... & Martin, B. J. (2019). Cardiac rehabilitation in people with peripheral arterial disease: A higher risk population that benefits from completion. International journal of cardiology, 285, 108-114.

2018 CIP News

  • Congratulations to Dr. Alysha Keen who was awarded the Alberta SPOR Graduate Studentship for her research Defining research priorities for young women with breast cancer: a priority setting pathway.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca Hartley on two successful grants: Canadian Society of Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation grant ($10,000) and the Calgary Surgery Strategic Clinical Network SEED grant ($10,000)
  • Congratulations to Dr. Stefan Lang who was awarded the CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral Award (CGS-D).
  • Congratulations to Dr. Michael Yang who was awarded the CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship - Masters Award (CGS-M).
  • Congratulations to Dr. Michael Yang who was awarded the Faculty of Graduate Studies Masters Research Scholarship.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Stefan Lang who was awarded a NREF Research Fellowship Grant (Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation).
  • Congratulations to Dr. Jamie Benham who was awarded the Alberta Health Services Clinical Research Fund Grant designed to support the Eyes High strategic vision of leadership in high impact clinical research at UC and promote the objectives of AHS strategy for research innovation and analytics.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Tyrone Harrison. Dr. Harrison is a recipient of the Associate Dean's Letter of Excellence for Clerkship Teaching.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Candice Poon. Her abstract, "Single-cell level comparison of histopathology and single-cell RNA-seq databases between IDH-MUT and –WT glioblastomas reveals distinct innate immune microenvironments that can be exploited for therapeutic gain”, has been selected for one of the 2018 Adult Basic Research Abstract Awards and will be featured as a platform presentation at the upcoming 23rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuro-Oncology in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Stefan Lang who has been selected to receive a 2018 Junior Award at the International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, October 5 – 9, 2018 in Hong Kong for his abstract, “Distinct networks contribute to the dysexecutive and posterior cortical cognitive syndromes of cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s Disease”.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Michael Yang, winner of the 2018 CSCI Award for Excellence in Resident Research for his abstract: “Calgary Shunt Protocol, an Adaptation of the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network Shunt Protocol Reduces Shunt Infections in Children”. Michael M.H. Yang MD M.Biotech, Walter Hader MD MSc, Kelly Bullivant, Mary Brindle MD, Jay Riva-Cambrin MD MSc.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Michael Yang, who along with his co-authors Walter Hader, Kelly Bullivant, Mary Brindle and Jay Riva-Cambrin,won the Best Poster prize in the Masters category during the 2018 ACHRI and Department of Pediatric Symposium for their poster "Calgary Shunt Protocol Reduces Cerebral Shunt Infection in Children
  • Dr. Michael Yang:
    • Yang, MChapter 37: “The Impact of Positive Sagittal Balance in Adult Spinal Deformity”, by Yang M, and WB Jacobs. (2018). 50 Landmark Papers Every Spine Surgeon Should Know. CRC Press.
    • Ryu WH, Yang M, Muram S, Jacobs WB, Casha S, Riva-Cambrin J. Systematic Review of Economic Evaluation Studies in Cranial Neurosurgery. J Neurosurg Focus (accepted Jan 5th, 2018, in press)
  • Dr. Rebecca Hartley:
    • Hartley, R. L., Stone, J. P., & Temple-Oberle, C. (2018). Breast cancer in transgender patients: A systematic review. Part 1: Male to female. European Journal of Surgical Oncology, 44(10), 1455-1462.
    • Stone, J. P., Hartley, R. L., & Temple-Oberle, C. (2018). Breast cancer in transgender patients: a systematic review. Part 2: female to male. European Journal of Surgical Oncology, 44(10), 1463-1468.
    • Sinha S, Nunez Martinez C, Hartley R, Quintana Alvarez R, Yoon G, Biernaskie J, Nickerson D, Gabriel V. 18 Epidemiological analysis of pediatric burns in the Dominican Republic reveals a demographic profile at significant risk for electrical burns. J Burn Care & Research 2018; 39: S13-S14.
  • Dr. Tyrone Harrison:
    • Harrison TG, Tam-Tham H, Hemmelgarn BR, Elliott M, James MT, Ronksley PE, Jun M. Change in proteinuria or albuminuria as a surrogate for cardiovascular and other major clinical outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis.  Canadian Journal of Cardiology, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cjca.2018.10.014 , In Press October 2018.
    • Harrison TG, Tam-Tham H, Hemmelgarn BR, James MT, Sinnarajah A, Thomas CM. Identification and Prioritization of Quality Indicators for Conservative Kidney Management. American Journal of Kidney Diseases, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1053/j.ajkd.2018.08.014 , In Press October 2018.
  • Dr. Jamie Benham:
    • Yamamoto JM, Benham JL, Nerenberg KA, Donovan LE. Impact of levothyroxine therapy on obstetric, neonatal and childhood outcomes in women with subclinical hypothyroidism diagnosed in pregnancy: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. BMJ Open, 2018;0:e022837. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-022837
    • Benham JL, Yamamoto JM, Friedenreich CM, Rabi DM, Sigal RS. Role of exercise training in polycystic ovary syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Clin Obes. doi:10.1111/cob.12258
    • Yamamoto JM, Benham J, Mohammad K, Donovan LE, Wood S. Intrapartum glycemic control and neonatal hypoglycaemia in pregnancies complicated by diabetes: a systematic review. Diabet. Med. 35, 173–183 (2018).
  • Dr. Jamie Benham's research on exercise and polycystic ovary syndrome was featured in the January issue of UToday "Can exercise help women with polycystic ovary syndrome to conceive?".

2017 CIP News

  • Congratulations to Dr. Jacqueline McMillan whose poster "Frailty in older adults (<50 years) living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)" won second place at the 37th Annual Scientific Meeting of The Canadian Geriatrics Society.
  • Dr. Michael Yang:
    • Yang M, Singhal A, Hengel A, Kerr JM, St-Pierre G, George S, Muir K, Thiessen P, Enarson P. Video Diversion Improves Success Rate of Fundoscopic Examination in Children: A Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial. Pediatric Neurology (accepted Sept 10, 2017, in press) https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2017.09.008
    •  St-Pierre G, Yang M, Bourget-Murray J, Hurlbert J, Matthes N. Performance Indicators in Spine Surgery. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) (accepted June 27 2017, in press) PMID: 28658031

2016 CIP News

  • Congratulations to Dr. Candice Poon.  The Charbonneau Cancer Institute was very pleased to advise her of her successful application for the Clark H. Smith Brain Tumour Centre Graduate Studentship. This studentship provides funding for 3 years and is open to graduate students from the Clark Smith Brain Tumour Centre and Charbonneau trainees in brain tumour related research projects.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Jacqueline McMillan who received a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Regional Professional Development Grant.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Candice Poon, who was awarded both the Faculty of Graduate Studies Doctoral Scholarship as well as the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate (Doctoral) Scholarship.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Michael Avery who was awarded the CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s (CGS M)
  • Congratulations to Dr. Jacqueline McMillan, her abstract "Frailty in Older Adults (>50 years) Living With Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). A Care Proposal" was accepted for poster presentation at the 21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics in July, 2017.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Candice Poon.  Her abstract “Treatment of glioblastoma brain tumor-initiating cells with microglial- and macrophage-derived cytokines” was awarded 1st place in Basic Science Neuroscience Research at the 2016 Alberta Neurosurgical Society Conference.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Yavin. As well as a podium presentation at the upcoming AANS/CNS Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves annual meeting in March, 2017, Dr. Yavin is winner of the Mayfield Clinical Science Award. The Mayfield Awards are presented annually by the AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves to neurosurgical residents in North American training programs who author outstanding manuscripts detailing a laboratory or clinical investigation in the area of spinal or peripheral nerve disorders.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Yavin , who was awarded 1st place for the 2016 McKenzie Prize for Clinical Neuroscience Research. Named for the first Canadian neurosurgeon, and presented by the Canadian Neurosurgical Society, the K.G. McKenzie Memorial Prizes are awarded for the best paper by a neurosurgery resident in the two categories of basic or clinical neuroscience. Dr. Yavin's abstract, "Intrathecal morphine following lumbar fusion: A randomized, placebo-controlled trial" was also awarded 1st place in Clinical Science Neuroscience Research at the 2016 Alberta Neurosurgical Society Conference
  • Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Yavin, his abstract “Lumbar Spine Fusion: A RAND/UCLA Appropriateness Study” has won first prize for the 2016 CSCI Award for Excellence in Resident Research. This is the second year in a row that a CIP Trainee has won first prize.

Older CIP News

2010 - 2015

  • Congratulations to Dr. Holly Mewhort, who received two awards at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2015 for her research on a heart failure patch. Dr. Mewhort was a recipient of the CCC Trainee Research Award - Basic Science as well as the Dr. Paul Cartier Cardiac Surgery Resident Award.
  • The Office of Postgraduate Medical Education announced that Dr. Zahra Goodarzi, a PGY5 in the Geriatric Medicine Program was selected as the winner for the 2015 CSCI Award for Excellence in Resident Research
  • Congratulations to Dr. Michael Avery who was awarded the Denyse Lajoie-Lake Fellowship in Brain Research. This fellowship provides financial assistance for neurological research facilitated by the Department of Clinical Neurosciences.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Zahra Goodarzi who was awarded the Alberta Innovates Health Solutions Clinician Fellowship.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Joey Grochmal who was presented with the Doug W. Zochodne Award for Excellence in Basic Science Research.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Zahra Goodarzi who was awarded the CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s (CGS M).
  • Congratulations to Dr. Kara Murias who was awarded the Alberta Innovates Health Solutions Clinician Fellowship.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Derek Roberts who was awarded the highly prestigious Dalhousie Medical Alumni Association (DMAA) Young Alumnus of the Year Award for his notable contributions to trauma surgery and critical care medicine research in Canada. Instituted in 2002, this award is given every one to three years and recognizes a Dalhousie Medical School graduate in the first two decades of his/her career who has made a significant contribution to Dalhousie Medical School, other medical schools, or to their community. This contribution can be in clinical practice, teaching, research, or public service.

Dr. Roberts accepted this award at the 56th Dalhousie Medical Alumni Awards dinner in Halifax, Nova Scotia on October 17th, 2014. For more information about the award, visit the Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine webpage or view the article in the DMAA magazine, VoxMedal (available online).

We also wish to Congratulate Dr. Roberts on being awarded:

  • a Knowledge Translation (KT) Canada Strategic Training in Health Research Fellowship ($40,000/Year-2 years)
  • a KT Canada Student Research Stipend
  • funding to attend the KT Canada Summer Institute
  • Congratulations to Dr. Derek Roberts as nominee of the J.B. Hyne Research Innovation Award. Dr. Roberts was the only student in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary nominated to the Faculty of Graduate Studies for consideration of this award named in honor of Dr. James B. Hyne, the first Dean of Graduate Studies (1966-1989), which recognizes graduate students in any discipline that excel in research.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Yavin who was awarded the Alberta Innovates Health Solutions Clinician Fellowship as well as the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Petra Grendarova who was awarded the Alberta Cancer Foundation, Dr. Anthony Fields Clinical Fellowship Award for the top ranked application from a clinical fellow.
  • The Community Health Sciences Prize for Academic Excellence was awarded to Dr. Derek Roberts by the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary, in recognition of outstanding academic achievements during the Doctor of Philosophy graduate program (Specialization in Epidemiology).

2012

  • Congratulations to Dr. Joey Grochmal , who was awarded 1st place for the 2012 McKenzie Prize for Basic Neuroscience Research for his abstract “Myelination capacity of Skin-derived precursor Schwann Cells”. Named for the first Canadian neurosurgeon, and presented by the Canadian Neurosurgical Society, the K.G. McKenzie Memorial Prizes are awarded for the best paper by a neurosurgery resident in the two categories of basic or clinical neuroscience.

2011

2010

  • September 10, 2010 - The New CIP Website is Online! Welcome to the new CIP website!  We've updated a lot of the content including the CIP handbook.  Please let us know what you think!  
  • June 24, 2010 - Congratulations to Dr. Aylin Reid MD PhD, the first graduate from the Clinician Investigator Program!  Our pioneering first student Dr. Aylin Reid has successfully completed her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Quentin Pittman.  Congratulations!  Dr. Reid was also highlighted in the HBI newsletter