MMI 2011-2013 News Archive
Anwar Anwar-Mohamed has a "A falcon's eye for discovery". Read the full UofA article here
Way to go, Anwar!
Dr. David Marchant named as a Canada Research Chair!
Congratulations to Dr. David Marchant who has been named one of two Canadian Research Chairs! Click here for more.
Dr. Redwan (Ridvan) Moqbel, MMI Cross-Appointed Faculty, has died.
Dr. Redwan (Ridvan) Moqbel passed away on October 9 in Winnipeg after a protracted battle with cancer.
Born in a border town on the Iraq/Iran border (14 August 1947), Redwan’s family history is linked with the earliest days of the Baha’i Faith. Redwan served the Baha’i community in the UK and Canada in volunteer capacities, including as a member of the national governing council of the Baha'i community of the United Kingdom for 13 years.
Redwan was a speaker of rare eloquence, clarity and depth whose spiritual beliefs were firmly anchored in Baha’u’llah’s writings and whose abundant humour was never at the expense of others. His life-long focus was on creating unity. He loved everyone but particularly youth whom he mentored on three continents. In confirmation of his efforts, Redwan received the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba’s Award for the Advancement of Interreligous Understanding in January 2013.
In 1976, Redwan obtained his PhD at the University of London, UK (LSH & TM). He became a faculty member there at the National Heart and Lung Institute in 1980. He was among the first to identify the immunological cell types that regulate asthma and allergy.
Recruited to the Department of Medicine, University of Alberta as a Professor in 1995, he served as the Director of the Pulmonary Research Group. There he received such prestigious awards as Alberta Heritage Medical Senior Scholar, Heritage Scientist and Heritage Senior Investigator.
In 2008, Redwan became Professor and Head of the Department of Immunology at the University of Manitoba, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta. He was well recognized for his mentorship of young biomedical scientists, whom he encouraged to adopt “a noble goal.”
An international authority on the immuno-molecular basis of asthmatic inflammation, in particular the role of eosinophils, Redwan’s research garnered him numerous distinctions and awards. The International Eosinophil Society, of which he was a founding member, awarded him their highest honour, The Paul Ehrlich Award, named a mentoring award after him, and further honoured him with the prestigious Service Award in recognition of his “cardinal leadership” and innovative research.
A recent example of his work as a champion reconciler was his role in organizing a scientific conference in which protagonists in the controversy over Lyme Disease came together in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
Aggressive treatment for sinus cancer in 2006 resulted in a cure for Redwan, but from 2009 he suffered recurrences with metastatic lung and chest wall cancer. He accepted his ordeals with gratitude, grace and fortitude.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Shar Mitchell, Redwan’s son, Sam Moqbel, (Amy and grandsons, Thomas and Evan), Redwan’s daughter, Marianne Greenhowe, (Gordon and grandson, Oliver), Shar’s father, Jack Mitchell, Shar’s children, Gabriel Lenz, (Erica Carlisle), Colby Lenz, Asher Lenz, (Emily Dragoman), Redwan’s brother, Sarmad, his sister, Sharaf, their families in Iraq, and hundreds of friends worldwide.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation, (www.canlyme.com), 9131 – 118th St., Edmonton, AB T6G 1T6 or CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, (www.cancercarefdn.mb.ca), 1160-675 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9.
Riverview Health Centre Foundation (3E) Palliative Unit (http://www.riverviewhealthcentre.com), 1 Morley Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3L 2P4.
Li Ka Shing Institute Virologists form University of Alberta spin-off Company Prophysis
TEC Edmonton officials and partners in Prophysis, the University of Alberta spin-out company composed of researchers from the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology celebrate their new partnership. Click here for more.
Get the Full Buzz On Fruit Flies
Edan Foley University of Alberta researchers fed some fruit flies an alcohol diet and made a surprising discovery. Click here to hear Edan's full interview on CBC radio.
Dr. D. Burshtyn's 1996 paper showing how inhibitory receptors of the immune system work republished in JI's "Pillars of Immunology" series
Dr. Burshtyn's 1996 paper first published in Immunity, was selected to be republished as part of the Pillars of Immunology series in The Journal of Immunology (Oct 1, 2013). In this paper, Burshtyn and Long identified a consensus sequence in receptors that regulate natural killer cell function that is now known as the Immunoreceptor Tyrosine-based Inhibitory Motif (ITIM). They also described its mechanism of function through inducible recruitment of a tyrosine phosphatase. Description of the inhibitory motif allowed for subsequent identification and accurate prediction of inhibitory function of many more receptors, some of which are now under study as therapeutic targets to enhance immunity or mitigate aberrant immune cell attack of healthy tissues in autoimmune diseases. Click here.
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships 2013
Congratulations to Connie Le (Tyrrell Lab) who has won a 2013 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Please click here for more info. Connie was also featured in the Gateway. Read it here.
The Snyder Institute, AIHS & Gairdner Symposium on Chronic Inflammatory Diseases
Libin Lecture Theatre, Health Sciences Centre, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, 3330 Hospital Dr. NW Calgary
For more info visit the Gairdner site.
Best Support Course Instructor
Congratulations to Dr. Judy Gnarpe who has been named the Best Support Course Instructor from the Nursing Undergraduate Association! Great job on all the work you do, Judy!
2013 Canadian Society for Immunology Award Recipients
Congratulations to Dr. Troy Baldwin who won the 2013 Canadian Society for Immunology New Investigator award! Click here for more info.
Dr. Hanne Ostergaard has won the 2013 Canadian Society for Immunology Award. Congratulations, Hanne! More info.
Dr. Maya Shmulevitz - Leap Magazine
Dr. Shmulevitz has been featured in the Spring edition of Leap Magazine. Click here to read Maya's article.
MMI/LKS Virtual Tour
Check out our brand new 360 tour of MMI and the Li Ka Shing Institute. Click here to experience our virtual tour!
Kane lab had a publication in the April edition of the European Journal of Immunology and also got the cover image of the journal. Click here.
Wondim Teferi (Evans lab) has a paper in the Journal of Virology in press. Click here to see this article.
For other articles published from other members in our department see below:
Operating Grants Competition are official!
Congratulations to Drs. Troy Baldwin, Maya Shmulevitz and Lorne Tyrrell who have received these grants! As well, congrats to cross-appointees Drs. Tom Hobman and Kathy Magor! For more details click here.
Human Immunology at UofA website, launched by Dr. Debby Burshtyn as part of the CHIN node, has launched. Please click here to visit the website!
Operating Grants Competition are official!
Congratulations to Drs. Troy Baldwin, Maya Shmulevitz and Lorne Tyrrell who have received these grants! As well, congratulations to cross-appointees Drs. Tom Hobman and Kathy Magor! For more details click here
KMT Hepatech Inc. wins Outstanding Commercial Achievement
Congratulations to Dr. Norman Kneteman, Dr. David Mercer (not pictured) and Dr. Lorne Tyrrell on winning the ASTech Foundation's Outstanding Commercial Achievement in Alberta Science and Technology November 2nd, 2012. For more information on KMT Hepatech Inc. please click here.
Pfizer President's Presenter Award Recipient, Daniel Kerage!
MMI PhD student Daniel Kerage (Hemmings lab), who has won the prestigious Pfizer President's Presenter Award to be presented at the annual Society for Gynecologic Investigation meeting to be held in Orlando, Florida this March. Only 25 out of ~1000 abstracts are selected for this honour.
Welcome to Dr. Andrea Holme!
We would like to give a warm welcome to Dr. Holme, our new FSO. Dr. Holme is our new Flow Cytometry Manager!
Louis D. Hyndman Sr. Award Recipient
Gerald Lachance from the Tyrrell Lab will receive an award on October 24 at 4:30 pm, in the Lister Conference Centre - Wild Rose Room. These awards are presented annually to scientists and staff, nominated by their colleagues for significant contributions to the welfare of animals used in research, teaching and testing at the U of A. Congratulations, Gerald!
Canada Research Chairs, Tier II Recipient, Dr. Maya Shmulevitz
Dr. Maya Shmulevitz has received a CRCII Tier 2 CIHR award! Dr. Shmulevitz has received the title of Canada Research Chair in Molecular Virology and Oncotherapy. Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) said “By investing in talented people through programs such as the Canada Research Chairs, our government is supporting cutting-edge research in Canadian post-secondary institutions. This fosters innovation by helping researchers bring their ideas to the marketplace, where they can touch the lives of Canadians.” Congratulations, Maya! To read more about this, please click here.
Dr. Aviad Levin -Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Recipient
Congratulations to Dr. Aviad Levin who was one of this year's recipients! The purpose of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is to build world-class research capacity by recruiting top-tier Canadian and international postdoctoral researchers at an internationally competitive level of funding. A job well done, Dr. Levin. To read further about this please click here.
Nancy Hu participated in the Trans-Doc Programme, a two-week course at the University of Buffalo this summer. Click here to read about it.
Department Members in the Spotlight in the New Trail Magazine
Please click here to view the entire article.
Dr. Ronald Whitehouse, MMI Professor Emeritus, has died.
Dr. Whitehouse was an expert in the use of the electron microscope and taught at the U of A for many years. Quoting his colleague Richard Sherburne: "I got my start in Electron Microscopy thanks to Ron and worked with him until his retirement 20 years ago. He was an exceptional teacher and a direct influence in my career path. I owe my love of science and electron microscopy to him. Ron considered every student a significant contribution to the University community and truly cared about them as individuals. He shared his love of science with all and influenced many students to follow a path in Medicine and Science.
Ron also loved languages and if I remember correctly he not only had command of the English language but was fluent in French, Arabic and Italian. Before retiring he had commented he had intentions of adding many more languages to his repertoire".
For the Edmonton Journal obituary, please go here.
Congratulations, Dr. Smiley
Dr. Jim Smiley has been renewed as a Tier 1 CRC in Molecular Virology. The CRC website notes that Tier 1 researchers are considered “world leaders in their fields”. Click here for the article.
Recipient of the Canada Gairdner Wightman Award
Dr. Lorne Babiuk, has been awarded with one of the world’s most prestigious international awards for research in medical science, the Canada Gairdner Wightman Award for his work in vaccine development. Congratulations, Dr. Babiuk! Click here for the article.
Congratulations to Dr. Judy Gnarpe
Dr. Judy Gnarpe's book, "Medical Microbiology for Health Professionals" has now been published. Congratulations, Judy!
The University Hospital's McMullen Gallery is showcasing the work of former MMI staff member Dr. Ron Whitehouse. Go here for more info.
Congratulations to Dr. Leslie Robertson
Dr. Leslie Robertson's image has been featured in the December 2011 issue of the Journal of Immunology.
Congratulations to the Dutchin Family!
We are happy to announce that
Sheryl Dutchin and her husband Kevin, welcomed their new baby girl, Gabriella Evelyn, to the world on November 16, 2011. Gabriella weighed in at 6 lbs and 14 ounces and was born 21 inches long. Congratulations to the Dutchin family!
Evans Lab Goes Viral!
A video describing the Evans' lab latest paper (Solution Structure of a DNA Duplex Containing the Potent Anti-Poxvirus Agent Cidofovir J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011; 133:2264) has recently been uploaded on the SciVee website. Dr. Evans and collaborators (Drs. Hostetler and Beadle from UCSD and Drs. Sykes and Julien from Dept. of Biochemistry) appear in the video and describe their results and conclusions.
Gold Medal Winner
Congratulations to Dr. Michael Houghton, 2011 winner of the Canadian Liver Foundation gold medal for his contributions to the field.
Dr. D. Lorne Tyrrell Inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame announced Dr. D. Lorne Tyrrell as one of six inductees into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Our warmest congratulations to Dr. Tyrrell on this outstanding achievement. For details, see CBC news, The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and the U of A Express News.
Another MMI baby!
Dr. Troy Baldwin and his wife Nicole are pleased to announce the arrival of Calista Nicole Baldwin. Cali was born on May 12 weighing in at 9 lbs. 10 oz. and was 20 3/4 inches long. Congratulations to the Baldwin family on yet another addition to their family!
Former MMI professor passes
Dr. Bill Carmichael, 1927-2011, founder of the microfungus collection now housed at the Devonian Gardens has died at his home at Fanny Bay, Vancouver Island. Brief History
John William (Bill) Carmichael, 1927 to 2011
Bill was born in Edmonton, AB, to mother Edith and father Jim, and grew up there with brother Jay and sister Dawne. After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Alberta, obtaining a M. Sc. in Bacteriology in 1951. In 1954, he graduated from Harvard University with a PhD in Biology.
Bill spent his working life at the University of Alberta as a professor in the Bacteriology and Medical Microbiology departments. At the U of A he was published numerous times; participated fully in committee life; was the founder of the U of A Microfungus Collection and Herbarium; and was a respected and talented teacher.
Bill was a caring and devoted father to the three sons he had with his first wife Dorothy. Bill had a love of nature and the wild, which he passed on to his boys through summers spent camping or at the cabin at Island Lake.
In 1972, Bill reinvented himself. From 1972 to 1983, Bill worked as a part-time professor, splitting his life between Edmonton and his new passion, 27 acres of land in Fanny Bay, Vancouver Island B.C. In 1983, Bill retired and moved with Carol to the acreage, the "Coal Creek Stump Farm", permanently. It is in the context of his acreage life with Carol, "logger", house-builder, and builder of pools in the creek that he will be remembered most fondly by his friends and family. He and Carol were active in Fanny Bay community organizations, and the warm circle of friends they enjoyed enriched his life. At the age of 70 he took up the harmonica and spent many happy hours playing with the Beach Group.
Bill passed away peacefully at home on the acreage he loved, cared for to the end by his loving wife Carol McPherson. He is also survived by his sister Dawne, his three sons, Craig, Stuart (Carlotta), and Ian (Margaret), and grandsons James William, Philip, Alexander and Warren.
Congratulations to Carla Craveiro Salvado, 2011 Winner of the FGSR Graduate Student Teaching Award
Ph.D. student, Carla M. Craveiro Salvado, from the Kane lab, was honored by the GSA during awards night on March 10th. Congratulations Carla on a job well done!
Congratulations to the Duguay Family
PhD student Brett Duguay and his wife, Christine, announced the birth of their daughter, Amelia Marie on February 17, 2011. Amelia weighed 6 lb. 13 oz. Congratulations!
Pukatzki Lab Research Featured in Current Issue of Nature Reviews Microbiology
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