Merit Award Winners

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Faculty Merit Awards are designed to provide matched funding to support a faculty member’s research career in one of two categories: 1) as a clinician investigator (CI) or clinician educator (CE) (one protected academic day/week), or 2) as a clinician scientist (CS) (two protected academic days/week). The following faculty members have been awarded the Junior Faculty Awards and Merit Awards to aid them in completeing the following studies. For more information on these awards, click here.

Junior Faculty Awards

This award is for an individual recently commencing their career at a UofT Hospital. This award category is open to any recently hired faculty member within 3 years of commencing employment. Any individual who is already fully funded for their research job description within their hospital environment is considered to be within the community of JFA recipients. These awards can also be extended.

Name TITLE AWARD TIMELINE Affiliation
Stefania Ronzoni Endotoxin: a novel biomarker to detect intrauterine infection as a cause of spontaneous preterm birth  July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2020 Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Eliane Shore Enhancing Surgical Performance Through Simulation and Technology July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2020 St. Michael's Hospital
Andrea Simpson Minimally invasive gynaecologic surgery, endometrial hyperplasia and malignancy, and other topics in health services research July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2022 St. Michael's Hospital
John Snelgrove Reproductive, perinatal, and mental health outcomes following severe maternal morbidity July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2022 Mount Sinai Hospital
Tim Van Mieghem Advancing diagnosis and treatment for fetuses with central nervous system anomalies July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2020 Mount Sinai Hospital

Merit Awards

Applicants select either the clinician investigator or clinician educator award (2 years) or the clinician scientist award (4 years). Each type of award requires a parallel match in both the duration of time and funds from the hospital. Individuals in the JFA program will graduate in alignment with commencement of new CI, CE and CS awards. In exceptional circumstances, transition will be possible from a JFA to a 4-year Clinician Scientist award. Any individual who has continuing hospital salary support for their research job description is considered to be within the community of Merit Award recipients.

name title award timeline affiliation
Marcus Bernardini

A. Novel intraoperative detection of malignancy and novel classification and treatment for endometrial cancer.

B. Reducing ovarian cancer mortality through risk stratification and prevention

July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2020 Mount Sinai Hospital
Anne Berndl

A. Pregnancy and Women with Physical Disabilities

B. Increasing Vaginal Birth through the use of High Volume Foley Catheters for Cervical Ripening

July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2020 Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Crystal Chan Elucidating the molecular dialogue between endometrium and embryo at the time of implantation to improve in vitro fertilization outcomes July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2020 Mount Sinai Hospital
Rohan D'Souza Engaging pregnant women and other stakeholders in the development of core-outcome sets for studies on high-risk pregnancies: a mixed-methods study July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2022 Mount Sinai Hospital
Sarah Ferguson Targeting the Immune Microenvironment of Microsatellite Instable Non-Serous Ovarian Carcinoma July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2020

Mount Sinai Hospital

Nucelio Lemos Improving Diagnosis and Surgical Care in Intrapelvic Nerve Entrapments July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2020 Women's College Hospital
Ann Malinowski Haematology in Pregnancy Research Program July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2020

Mount Sinai Hospital

Taymaa May Whole genome and transcriptome sequencing to improve personalized care of women with ovarian low grade serous carcinoma July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2020 University Health Network
Nir Melamed Investigating the pathophysiologic basis and optimal management of preterm birth, fetal growth, preeclampsia and other pregnancy complications in twin gestations. July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2022 Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

 

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