Catalyzing Discovery - Inspiring Investigations

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The Banting Research Foundation, the oldest medical discovery foundation in Canada, is holding a Virtual Gala to celebrate our winners.

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You are Invited!

Join us to honour our 2020 Discovery Award winners at our first virtual fundraising event on November 12, 2020, from 3:15 to 5:00 pm EDT.

This will be a participatory, cameras-on event! You'll get to be in small discussion groups with other attendees and some amazing young investigators. Come prepared to participate!

You will have a chance to meet and chat with some of our outstanding young investigators about their cutting edge research in their own laboratories (virtually of course). From 3:15 to 3:30PM, this will be an insiders-only opportunity to learn about the next big ideas in science.

For almost 100 years, the Banting Research Foundation has been the catalyst to discovery in the health sciences, providing early career scientists with the start-up funding they need to launch their careers.

Today, when biomedical research is more important than ever, we need your support to extend the Discovery Award initiative going forward.

Please join us and become a contributor to the future of health science.

Attendance is complimentary.

After you sign up, we will send you complete program details and instructions to link to the event. If you have any questions, please email

Can’t attend but still want to donate? Click here.

Thank you for registering!


Dr. Catharine Whiteside

Host and Board Chair, Banting Research Foundation

Dr. Michael Riddell

Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York and the founder of the York University Diabetes Sports Camp

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Misha Glouberman

Event Moderator

Communication Coach, Author, Founder of Trampoline Hall, Faculty Director - Ivey Academy

Q&A with Discovery Award 2020 Winners

Che Colpitts, PhD - COVID related research

Assistant Professor

Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Queen’s University

Che's Faculty Profile

Dylan Kobsar, PhD - Wearable sensors and CANSSI awardee

Assistant Professor

Department of Kinesiology, McMaster University

Dylan's Faculty Profile


Ali Abdul-Sater, PhD - Reduce or Prevent Rheumatoid Arthritis

Assistant Professor

Tier 2 Research Chair in the Molecular Regulation of Inflammation

School of Kinesiology and Health Science, Faculty of Health, York University

Rebecca Shapiro, PhD - Combat a deadly fungal pathogen with gene-editing technology (CRISPR)

Assistant Professor

Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Guelph

John Trant, PhD - Enzymatically-resistant carbohydrate vaccines for treating lung cancer

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Windsor

Lindsay Bodell, PhD - Binge Eating

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology, Western University

Lindsay Cahill, PhD - Treatment to Prevent Brain Injury in Premature Babies

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Che Colpitts, PhD - New antivirals - treatment strategies for coronaviruses or other emerging viruses

Assistant Professor

Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Queen’s University

Jennifer Geddes-McAlister, PhD - Fun with pathogenic fungi (fungiomics)

Assistant Professor

Alexander von Humboldt Scholar

Banting Research Fellow

Molecular and Cellular Biology Department, University of Guelph

Dylan Kobsar, PhD - Wearable sensors for managing Osteoarthritis

Assistant Professor

Department of Kinesiology, McMaster University

Kate Weinberger, PhD - Heat Waves and Child Health in a Warming World

Assistant Professor

School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

Chantelle J. Capicciotti, PhD - Engineer stem cells with new functions to enhance therapeutic impact

Assistant Professor and Queen’s National Scholar

Department of Chemistry, Department of Biomedical & Molecular Sciences, Department of Surgery, Queen's University

Dylan Cooke, PhD - Innovative research exploring brain's capacity and how it rewires itself

Assistant Professor

Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University

Ian Gaël Rodrigue-Gervais, PhD - New methods to combat the flu

Assistant Professor

Department of Infectious Diseases, INRS – Institut Armand-Frapper

Nicholas Strzalkowski, PhD - Muscle sensor feedback in Dystonia

Assistant Professor

Department of Biology, Mount Royal University

Arneet Saltzman, PhD - Chromatin regulation – cell fate and development

Assistant Professor

Department of Cell and Systems Biology, University of Toronto

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