By Margaret Miller
Special to the Gazette
A heightened interest in research was reflected in the turnout
for this year’s Scientific Days Symposium, held Oct.
20-21 in the Faculty of Medicine. A variety of events, including
prestigious lectures, poster sessions and oral presentations,
were held during the Celebrate Memorial events to showcase
the wide range of health research that is carried out by
faculty, staff and students.
Events got off to a start Monday Oct. 20 with opening remarks
by Dr. Penny Moody-Corbett, assistant dean for research
and graduate studies. “Scientific Days provides us
all with a unique opportunity to share research and learn
about the significant work taking place in our faculty,”
she said. The first day included a poster session with a
brief talk by each of the 16 authors on topics including
predictors of survival rates in head and neck cancer, a
model of focal ischemic injury, and acute cough in rural
family practice. The afternoon sessions included oral presentations
by eight authors covering topics from the basic medical
sciences to studies in clinical epidemiology and community
On Tuesday the morning poster sessions included brief presentations
by 20 authors on topics such as metastatic cancer, endometriosis,
and the kinds of accidents that happen to fish harvesters.
The prestigious Gairdner Foundation Lecture was delivered
by Dr. Albert Aguayo, Gairdner Award recipient 1988, and
director of the Center for Research in Neuroscience at McGill
University and Montreal General Hospital Research. Dr. Aguayo’s
lecture presented an overview of the advances in the study
of regeneration and repair of the central nervous system.
His research has contributed substantially to the current
understanding of how damaged nerves can regrow and his lecture
was well attended by faculty, staff and students from across
Following the lecture, the afternoon sessions included oral
presentations by faculty and students that highlighted local
research successes in genetics, bioinformatics, and occupational
safety in the offshore.