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NCE community members among winners of prestigious Canadian science awards

The winners of prestigious science prizes given out to some of Canada’s top researchers include innovators who have made important contributions to NCE-funded networks and centres. The annual awards from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) are bestowed for a wide range of world-class achievements by Canadian researchers that boost discovery, training and innovation in Canada. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, honoured the winners at a ceremony at Rideau Hall on February 17.

Winners of the Brokhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering

Winners of the Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering.

Paul Schaffer, TRIUMF; François Bénard, University of British Columbia; Anna Celler, University of British Columbia, Michael Kovacs, Western University; Thomas J. Ruth, TRIUMF;  John Valliant, McMaster University (Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering)

Canada’s hospitals are on the verge of having a local supply of isotopes for medical imaging thanks to a new development by an innovative team of researchers focused on preventing future isotope shortages. Paul Schaffer and his multi-disciplinary team of researchers have developed breakthrough technology that uses medical cyclotrons already installed and operational in major hospitals across Canada. Their solution allows existing cyclotrons to produce enough Tc-99m, a key medical isotope, in just one night to meet the daily needs of most hospitals.
The teams from two CECRs, CPDC and AAPS (TRIUMF’s commercialization arm), supported the award-winning development.

Aaron Wheeler   Daniel Ansari

Aaron Wheeler, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto (E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship winner)

Newborns across Canada are screened for a variety of rare metabolic disorders, but processing these samples manually in the lab is tedious and slow. To simplify the procedure, Aaron Wheeler is developing an automated process using new lab-on-a-chip tools. Dr. Wheeler’s team of chemists, biologists, physicists, engineers, and medical researchers is working to extend these techniques to screen mothers and newborns for infectious diseases and inborn disorders in vulnerable populations in Viet Nam and Canada, respectively.

Dr. Wheeler’s work has resulted in an
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Daniel Ansari, Department of Psychology, Western University (E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship winner)

A world leader in searching for the brain mechanisms underlying numerical and mathematical processing, Daniel Ansari is using behavioural and brain imaging methods to study the individual differences that put some children on a poor trajectory for learning math. His research has shown that early numeracy can predict future, high-level math abilities – information that will help teachers, school psychologists and parents.

Dr. Ansari was a member of the
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