Trainee John-Paul Oliveria wins McMaster, EAACI awards

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AllerGen HQP John-Paul Oliveria has been recognized by McMaster University and by the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) for his performance as a graduate student and for his contributions to the 2016 EAACI Congress.

At the May 31, 2016, McMaster Faculty of Health Studies (FHS) Research Plenary Awards ceremony, Oliveria received two awards: a Graduate Program Outstanding Achievement Award, which recognizes graduate students in their final year of a Doctoral program who have made outstanding achievements, and a Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Excellence Award, which recognizes students who have demonstrated excellence in their teaching contributions.

Oliveria was also awarded a travel grant by the EAACI to attend its 2016 Congress in Vienna, Austria, (June 11-15), where he presented two posters and gave two oral presentations that garnered him three honours: Best Junior Member Poster and Best Abstract in a Thematic Poster Session for IgE+ B cells increase in the airways following whole lung allergen challenge in mild allergic asthmatics, and Best Presentation in an Oral Abstract Session for The relationship between regulatory B cells and regulatory T cells in the blood and airways of mild allergic asthmatics.

“John Paul’s work is the first to explore the role of regulatory B cells in asthmatic individuals,” comments Oliveria’s doctoral supervisor Dr. Gail Gauvreau, an AllerGen investigator and co-leader of AllerGen’s Clinical Investigator Collaborative (CIC). “It is rewarding to see this novel research being embraced by the scientific community, and John Paul is truly deserving of this recognition.”

John-Paul Oliveria is a PhD candidate in Medical Science at McMaster University.