Congratulations to our 2013 SRTP Award Recipients

Friday, December 6, 2013

Each year Schulich Medicine & Dentistry recognizes the outstanding work of four of its medical students for their involvement in advancing health research through the Student Research Training Program. This year's award recipients were involved in projects ranging from cardiovascular disease to childhood cancer.
Congratulations to Caitlin Chang, Jack Li, Joyce Zhang and Arvand Barghi.

The Dr. L. DeWitt Wilcox Award
This award is given to a student who has demonstrated initiative, drive, awareness of research and the ability to persevere in completing an SRTP project. This is the highest award given by SRTP.
Awarded to: Caitlin Chang (Medicine class of 2015), for her project, "Mechanisms of Benzalkonium Chloride Toxicity in a Human Trabecular Meshwork Cell Line and the Protective Role of Preservative-Free Tafluprost".
Supervisor: Dr. Cindy Hutnik, Department of Ophthalmology

Dr. Glen S. Wither Award
This award is for outstanding participation in SRTP.
Awarded to: Jack Li (Medicine class of 2015) for his project, "Ultrasound Surveillance for Thyroid Malignancies in Survivors of Childhood Cancer Following Radiotherapy - A Single Institutional Experience."
Supervisors: Dr. Jason Franklin and Dr. Murad Husein, Department of Otolaryngology

Horace and Clarice Wankel Memorial Award for Cardiovascular Research
This award is presented to a student who takes interest in an area of research in cardiovascular disease.
Awarded to: Joyce Zhang (Medicine class of 2015), for her project, "Vascular access creation and use in patients starting dialysis after kidney graft loss (DAGL) in Ontario"
Supervisor: Dr. Louise Moist, Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology

Dr. Cindy Hutnik Award
This award is for demonstrated excellence in SRTP and showing promise in research
Awarded to: Arvand Barghi (Medicine clas of 2015), for his project, "Impact of contouring variability on dose-volume metrics used in treatment plan optimization of prostate IMRT".
Supervisor: Dr. George Rodrigues, Department of Oncology

The goal of the Summer Research Training Program (SRTP) is to encourage medical students to pursue their interests in medical research. SRTP enables first and second year medical students in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University to work under the supervision of a faculty member on a research project during the summer months, for two years.

For more information on SRTP, please visit