Announcement: Two Schulich Medicine & Dentistry Trainees awarded 2017 Vanier Scholarships


Two Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry trainees have been named recipients of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Canada’s most prestigious scholarship for doctoral students.

Congratulations to Dr. Marat Slessarev, PhD Candidate, Department of Medical Biophysics, and Charles Yin, MD/PhD Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology, who will each receive $50,000 annually for up to three years to support their research.

The Vanier Scholarship is awarded to those who exhibit strong leadership skills and have achieved a high standard of scholarly achievement in social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, engineering and health sciences.

Dr. Marat Slessarev, PhD Candidate, Department of Medical Biophysics:
‘Improving cognitive outcomes in critical illness survivors: Mechanistic multimodal imaging approach’
Dr. Slessarev is researching the impact of critical illness and the therapies delivered during treatment to identify how this impacts long-term outcomes in intensive care unit (ICU) survivors. Using multimodal imaging technologies, Dr. Slessarev aims to discover new therapeutic targets and rapidly select, evaluate and refine candidate therapeutic interventions to improve outcomes of ICU survivors.

Read more about Dr. Slessarev

Charles Yin, MD/ PhD Candidate, Department of Microbiology & Immunology:
‘Characterization of defective macrophage efferocytosis within atherosclerotic lesions’
With a focus on atherosclerosis, a disease where plaque builds up in patient’s arteries, Yin is researching how macrophages differentiate between bacteria and host debris, as they help to clear cellular debris and internalize and kill bacteria.

Read More about Charles Yin

Full list of 2017 Vanier Scholars