Faculty and Trainees Awarded Sinai Health Research Grants

Apr 7, 2020

Sinai Health logoRecently, the ObGyn Department at Mount Sinai Hospital released the names of a number of award winners from their 2020 Research Grant Competition. These awardees included 15 faculty members and six trainees from the University of Toronto's Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

The review committee had over 30 grant applications submitted for the 2020 year for awards such as the Violet River Award in Gynaecology, the Tolnai Grant and the Knox Ritchie Awards.

2020 Award Winners

Violet River Research Award in Gynaecology

This award was funded by a generous donation to Dr. Ally Murji (Assistant Professor), which allowed the Mount Sinai department to fund three gynaecology-related projects.

  • Michelle Jacobson (Assistant Professor), “Persistence of Fimbrial Tissue On The Ovarian Surface Following A Two-Step Risk-Reducing Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy in BRCA1/2 Mutation Carriers”
  • Paulina Cybulska (Assistant Professor), “Defining the Role of Cancer Associated Fibroblasts in Sculpting the Tumor Immune Microenvironment in High-Grade Serous Ovarian Carcinoma”
  • Mara Sobel (Assistant Professor), “A randomized controlled trial (RCT) comparing presacral nerve block versus sham block on post-operative pain in women undergoing total laparoscopic hysterectomy”
  • Sarah Ferguson (Associate Professor), "Personalized medicine in endometrial cancer: using a one-stop molecular panel to inform treatment decisions and improve outcomes"

Tolnai Grant

  • Tim Van Mieghem (Associate Professor), “Artificial intelligence to optimize fetal anomaly detection rates on early fetal ultrasounds”
  • John Snelgrove (Assistant Professor), “Future reproductive outcomes and recurrence risk of severe maternal morbidity in Ontario”
  • Rohan D’Souza (Assistant Professor), “The Composite Adverse Obstetric Outcome Study (CAOOS)”

Knox Ritchie Award

The Mount Sinai departmental grants have been renamed the Knox Ritchie Award in honour of Dr. Knox Ritchie who significantly strengthened the department's path towards academic excellence. Dr. Knox Ritchie was the University Chair from 1992 to 2003, as well as the chief of the Mount Sinai department from 1988 to 2003. These awards were also presented to some of our department's fellows and residents.

  • Shirin Dason (PGY4) - Supervisor: Crystal Chan (Assistant Professor), “A prospective comparison of ultrasonographic features of adenomyosis with histologic diagnosis”
  • Salina Kanji (Fellow) - Supervisor: Rhonda Zwingerman (Assistant Professor), “A Prospective Study of the Time Costs of Fertility Treatment”
  • Shiri Shinar (Fellow) – Supervisor: Greg Ryan (Professor) and Nimrah Abbasi (Assistant Professor), “Development of a congenital diaphragmatic hernia mortality prediction score based on antenatal imaging prognosticators”
  • Sebastian Hobson (Assistant Professor) - “Giving Women Choice: Exploring Nitrous Oxide Use in Labour & Delivery”
  • Maria Cusimano (PGY3) - Supervisor: Sarah Ferguson (Associate Professor), “Identifying Women with Morbid Obesity from Health Administrative Data: A Validation Study of Surgical Billing Codes”
  • Haitham Baghlaf (Fellow) - Supervisor: Kellie Murphy (Professor), “Rescue Versus Single Dose of Antenatal Corticosteroid: A Secondary Analysis - of the MACS Trial”
  • Vanessa Bacal - Supervisor: Rhonda Zwingerman (Assistant Professor), “A systematic review of pregnancy losses and ongoing aneuploid gestations after preimplantation genetic testing and euploid embryo transfer”
  • Colleen McDermott (Assistant Professor) - “Managing Pelvic Organ Prolapse - a Prospective Cohort Study”
  • Asvini Keethakumar - Supervisor: John Snelgrove (Assistant Professor), “Assessing the association between early menarche and preterm birth: a prospective cohort study”
  • Chelsie Warshafsky (PGY4) - Supervisor: Mara Sobel (Assistant Professor), “The PICS Trial: Preventing Isthmocele After Cesarean Section”
  • Nucelio Lemos (Associate Professor), “Gabapentin/baclofen compounded suppository effect on myofascial pelvic pain: a retrospective cohort”​​


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