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Papers and Presentations

Dr. Scott Edwards, cross-appointed to the School of Pharmacy and the Discipline of Oncology in the Faculty of Medicine, is one of the authors of an article in the September 2010 issue of the Journal of Current Oncology. The article is titled Bevacizumab in combination with folfiri chemotherapy in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer: an assessment of safety and efficacy in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Dr. Christopher Kovacs, Faculty of Medicine, presented the Ruth E. Rosevear Seminar in Maternal and Child Nutrition at the University in Cincinnati on Oct. 4. His lecture was titled Vitamin D in Pregnancy and Lactation: Separating Facts from Fantasy. At the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research meeting in Toronto Oct. 15-19, he presented a symposium lecture titled A Two Body Problem: Vitamin D During Pregnancy and Lactation and an oral abstract presentation of Stimulation of Bone Formation and Mineralization Post-Weaning Without Parathyroid Hormone. Co-authors on the oral abstract are Beth Kirby from Dr. Kovac’s lab and also Dr. Andrew C. Karaplis from McGill University.

Dr. Mani Larijani, BioMedical Sciences, is the senior author on a new study that has found for the first time that a specific type of Immunodeficiency disease is caused by defective repair of DNA damage. The study, titled Altered spectrum of somatic hypermutation in common variable immunodeficiency disease characteristic of defective repair of mutations, was published on line Oct. 12 in Immunogenetics. It was a multi-centre study involving Memorial, York University, University of Toronto and Karolinska institute in Sweden.

Dr. Messod Salama, Department of French and Spanish, presented a paper at the 16th British Conference on Judeo-Spanish recently held at the Queen Mary, University of London. The paper is titled The Parting of the Ways: the song of the Crossing of the Red Sea, El Paso del Mar Rojo/Paso del Mar Vermelho in the Sephardic Diaspora and Among the Crypto-Jews of Portugal.

Dr. Sevtap Savas from Disciplines of Genetics and Oncology at Faculty of Medicine published her review article Useful Genetic Variation Databases for Oncologists Investigating the Genetic Basis of Treatment Response and Survival in Cancer in the November 2010 issue of the Acta Oncologica journal.

Dr. Seeger Shen, a resident in the Discipline of Medicine, received the first-place Student Presentation award for his presentation titled Long-term Outcomes after ICD Therapy in ARVD5. The presentation was made at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress in Montreal. The presentation concerned a research project Dr. Shen did with cardiologist Dr. Sean Connors.