ASNPN Member Profiles

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Dawod, Bassel
 
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Dalhousie University PhD(c) Halifax Food allergy

Feldman, Laura

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Hospital for Sick Children Research Project Coordinator Toronto Child Health Evaluative Sciences; Use of provincial health administrative data to quantify the burden of asthma and to identify risk factors; Spatial epidemiology

Jamieson, Kyla

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University of Calgary PhD(c) Calgary Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences; Airway Epithelial Production of IL-17C Following Bacteria-Rhinovirus Co-infection

Ponce, Marta

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University of Toronto PhD(c) Toronto Immunology; Markers of natural tolerance development to food allergens

Singh, Amrit

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University of British Columbia PDF Vancouver Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Biomarkers for the discrimination and improved management of heart failure

Soliman, Mena

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Boehringer-Ingelheim Canada Ltd. Medical Science Liaison Kingston Respiratory Medicine and Specialty Care

Strigul, Oleyna

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McMaster University MSc(c) Hamilton Medical Sciences; Gene expression of dendritic cell precursors derived from cord blood hematopoietic progenitors in infants that develop atopic manifestations later in life

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Bassel Dawod, MD, M.Sc.

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Dalhousie University

Ph.D. Candidate

Dr. Jean Marshall

The role of soluble TLR2 in food allergy

1st place, PhD category, CSACI Poster Competition (2016): 1st place in the poster competition at CSACI 71st Annual scientific meeting

Nova Scotia Graduate Students Scholarship (2015-2019): Ph.D. funding for four years

Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI) travel award (2014): Travel award for the Canadian Society for Immunology (CSI) conference in Quebec city.

My current and previous research have expanded my goals into newer fields of interest. I am interested in pursuing a career that enables me to translate my current study of immune tolerance into clinical research.

In the long term, I would like to expand my medical and basic science skills into the field of clinical research.

Tunis MC, Dawod B, Carson KR, Veinotte LL, Marshall JS Toll-like receptor 2 activators modulate oral tolerance in mice. Clinical and Experimental Allergy. 2015 Nov; 45(11): 1690-702.

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Laura Feldman, MPH

Vice-President, ASNPN

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The Hospital for Sick Children

Child Health Evaluative Sciences

Research Project Coordinator

Dr. Teresa To

Use of provincial health administrative data to quantify the burden of asthma and to identify risk factors; Spatial epidemiology

Donald Fraser Memorial Award (2016): Awarded to the Masters of Public Health graduating student at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health with the highest GPA achieved Annual provincial graduate studentship awarded based on academic achievements and quality of research.

AllerGen NCE Inc. International Trainee Research Visit Program Grant (2015): Funding to support a four month-long research visit to the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, to conduct a research project investigating the impact of early life exposure to secondhand smoke on the development of food hypersensitivity into adolescence.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2015): Recognizes academic excellence in graduate studies in all disciplines of academic study.

Dalla Lana Masters Scholarship (2014): Merit-based entrance scholarship for the masters of public health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

I would like to expand my methodological expertise as an epidemiologist, so that I can continue to make meaningful contributions to the field of asthma and allergic disease research.

My long-term career goal is to become an independent researcher, initiating and driving my own research projects in this field.

Feldman LY, Gao C, Zhu J, Simatovic J, Licskai C, To T. Estimating Toronto’s health services use for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. Perspectives in public health. 2016 Mar; 136(2): 93–8.

Larsen K, Zhu J, Feldman LY, Simatovic J, Dell S, Gershon AS, To T. The Annual September Peak in Asthma Exacerbation Rates. Still a Reality?. Annals of the American Thoracic Society. 2016 Feb; 13(2): 231-9.

To T, Feldman L, Simatovic J, Gershon AS, Dell S, Su J, Foty R, Licskai C. Health risk of air pollution on people living with major chronic diseases: a Canadian population-based study. BMJ open. 2015 Sep 1; 5(9): e009075.

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Kyla Jamieson, PhD(c)

Member-at-large, ASNPN

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University of Calgary

Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences

PhD Candidate

Dr. David Proud

Airway Epithelial Production of IL-17C Following Bacteria-Rhinovirus Co-infection

Alberta Lung Association Studentship Award (2015-2016; 2016-2017): Annual provincial graduate studentship awarded based on academic achievements and quality of research.

Eyes High Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship (University of Calgary) (2014-2018): Supports doctoral student stipend for four years.

Summit Foundation for Cystic Fibrosis Summer Studentship (2013): Supports undergraduate students engaged in summer research projects in areas relevant to cystic fibrosis.

My career goals are to become an innovative and independent research scientist focusing on examining the human microbiome, specifically in chronic diseases.

My passion for research and discovery extends to teaching and learning, and I hope to one day be involved in curriculum and course development in a University setting.

Maciejewski BA, Jamieson KC, Arnason JW, Kooi C, Wiehler S, Traves SL, Leigh R, Proud D. (2016) Rhinovirus-bacteria co-exposure synergistically induces CCL20 production from human bronchial epithelial cells. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol (in revision).

Jamieson KC, Warner SM, Leigh R, Proud D. (2015) Rhinovirus in the pathogenesis and clinical course of asthma. CHEST, 148:1508-1516.

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Marta Ponce, MSc

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University of Toronto

Immunology

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Dr. Thomas Eiwegger

Markers of natural tolerance development to food allergens

Dean’s Fellowship of University of Barcelona, Spain (2011)

Santander CRUE CEPYME program fellowship (2012): SOMbiotech Company, Scientific Park of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.

Collaboration grant (2012-13): Animal Research Unit of the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.

I aim to learn as much as possible about the mechanisms of allergic diseases as well as tolerance development and to use this knowledge in a translational manner.

In the long term, I hope to teach in a University environment where I can conduct my own research in the allergy and tolerance development field.

Ponce M., Diesner S.C., Szépfalusi Z. and Eiwegger T. Markers of tolerance development to food allergens. Allergy. 2016 Oct;71(10):1393-404

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Amrit Singh, PhD

President, ASNPN

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University of British Columbia

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Drs. Bruce McManus & Raymond Ng

Biomarkers for the discrimination and improved management of heart failure

PROOF Centre of Excellence, UBC


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University of British Columbia

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Dr. Scott Tebbutt

Experimental Medicine

Blood biomarkers of the late phase asthmatic response

Centre for Heart Lung Innovation, UBC

Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship (2013-2016): Doctoral Award provides funding for doctoral students to gain research experience.

2nd place, PhD category, AllerGen Poster Competition (2016): 2nd place in the poster competition at AllerGen’s 8th Research Conference.

CGS-Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (2014): funding for a three-month research exchange visit to the Translational Research Institute (TRI), University of Queensland, Australia, for training in applying novel statistical methods for the integration of high dimensional biological datasets.

Four Year Fellowship (FYF) For PhD Students – UBC (2014): provides doctoral students with a stipend plus tuition for up to four years of their doctoral studies.

I have a passion for applying computational tools for the analysis of molecular datasets.

I would like to ultimately become a systems scientist in the field of biomarker discovery, data integration and develop statistical tools for analyzing high dimensional biological datasets.

Singh A*, Yamamoto M*, Ruan J, Choi JY, Gauvreau GM, Olek S, Hoffmueller U, Carlsten C, FitzGerald JM, Boulet L-P, O’Byrne PM, Tebbutt SJ. Th17/Treg ratio derived using DNA methylation analysis is associated with the late phase asthmatic response. Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology 2014; 10(1): 32.

Yamamoto M*, Singh A*, Ruan J, Gauvreau GM, O’Byrne PM, Carlsten C, FitzGerald JM, Boulet L-P, Tebbutt SJ. Decreased miR-192 expression in peripheral blood of asthmatic individuals undergoing an allergen inhalation challenge. BMC Genomics 2012; 13(1): 655.

Singh A, Yamamoto M, Kam SHY, Ruan J, Gauvreau GM, O’Byrne PM, FitzGerald JM, Schellenberg R, Boulet L-P, Wojewodka G, Kanagaratham C, De Sanctis J, Radzioch D, Tebbutt SJ. Gene-metabolite expression in blood can discriminate allergen-induced isolated early from dual asthmatic responses. PLOS ONE 2013; 8(7): e67907.

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Mena Soliman, MBChB, MSc

Communications Director, ASNPN

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Boehringer-Ingelheim Canada Ltd.

Respiratory Medicine and Specialty Care

Medical Science Liaison, Western Canada

Mitacs (2013-2015): Designing and conducting clinical trials protocols to optimize the Nasal Allergen Challenge (NAC) model of allergic rhinitis for use in phase II/III clinical trials.

Adiga Life Sciences (2013-2015): Evaluating the effect of Cat-SPIRE (by Circassia) synthetic peptide immunotherapy by analyzing changes in clinical symptoms and cytokines expression before and following treatment.

William M. Spear Memorial Fund (2014-2015): Evaluating the repeatability of symptoms and biomarkers using NAC protocol for the assessment of novel medications.

My short-term goals are to expand my knowledge and help establish collaborations between clinicians and researchers in the fields of asthma, COPD, and Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD). The aim is to create better environments for patient care and research initiatives across Canada.

In the long term, I aim to take a leading role within medical affairs to drive these initiatives on a national or global level.

Soliman M, Steacy LM, Thiele J, Adams D, Neighbour H, Ellis AK. Administering multiple cumulative allergen challenges: an alternative nasal allergen challenge protocol for the Allergic Rhinitis- Clinical Investigator Collaborative. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2016 Sep;117(3):326-8.

Ellis AK, Soliman M, Steacy LM, Adams DE, Hobsbawn B, Walker TJ. Clinical validation of controlled exposure to birch pollen in the Environmental Exposure Unit (EEU). Allergy Asthma Clin Immunol. 2016 Oct 19;12:53.

Soliman M, Ellis AK. Phenotyping Allergic Rhinitis as Early or Dual Phase Responses using the Environmental Exposure Unit (EEU). Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2015 Apr;114(4):344-5.

Ellis AK, Soliman M, Steacy LM, Boulay ME, Hillaby A, Waserman S, Keith P, Vliagoftis H, Boulet LP, Neighbour H. Allergic Rhinitis – Clinical Investigator Collaborative: Nasal Allergen Challenge model for evaluating novel medications in humans. Allergy Asthma Clin Immunol. 2015 Apr 24;11(1):16.

Soliman M, North ML, Steacy LM, Thiele J, Adams DE, Ellis AK.  Nasal allergen challenge studies of allergic rhinitis: a guide for the practicing clinician. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2014;113:250-256.

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Oleyna Strigul, BSc

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McMaster University Health Sciences

Medical Sciences

MSc candidate

Dr. Judah Denburg

Gene expression of dendritic cell precursors derived from cord blood hematopoietic progenitors in infants that develop atopic manifestations later in life

Medical Sciences Graduate Scholarship (2016-2018): Scholarship funding provided by the McMaster Medical Sciences Graduate Program to support M.Sc student stipend.

Research Scholarship: Scholarship funding provided to support M.Sc student stipend from his/her supervisor.

McMaster Deans Honour List (2012-2016): Distinction awarded annually to
undergraduate students with a high academic standing.

McMaster Honour Award- Level 3 (2012): Entrance scholarship awarded for academic excellence.

Duke of Edinburgh Award- Silver (2012): Awarded for the completion of the self-directed development program at the silver level.

My goal is to contribute to our understanding of atopic disease development, as well as the development of new therapeutics and preventative measures. I also aspire to remain passionate about research for the sake of improving quality of life wherever my studies and career take me.

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