Congratulations to the Fiera Capital Awards for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Health Care Research

In September 2022, the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Foundation in collaboration with the Research Institute of the MUHC (RI-MUHC), announced the creation of the Fiera Capital Awards for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Health Care, to recognize excellence in research and to break the systemic barriers and root causes of racial inequalities.

The new awards provide critical funding to MSc and PhD students who have great potential to advance medical research based on the excellence of their academic record, and who belong to a racialized group. Fiera Capital has committed $120,000 over three years to fund these important awards.

The inaugural Fiera Capital Awards recipients were announced last week. Congratulations to :

Shawniya Alageswaran, a PhD student in the Brain Repair and Integrative Neuroscience Program who studies synaptic plasticity in the cerebellum—that is, the way the brain can change and adapt to new information.

Sayed Azher, a PhD student in experimental surgery who is finding ways to integrate technologies like artificial intelligence and virtual reality simulations into medical education.

Yasmine Benslimane, a MSc student in the Cancer Research Program studying how biological sex can affect cancer growth and treatment response.

Annabel Wing-Yan Fan, a PhD student in neuroscience who studies how visual information processing changes with age.

Misghana Kassa, a MSc student in experimental medicine who is testing the efficacy of antimicrobial coatings that could safeguard replacement joints (i.e., hips, knees) against infection.

For more information, read the press release.