PhD student wins Silver at CIHR National Student Research Poster Presentation

Michel Arsenault, UPEI PhD student in Biomedical Sciences and CIHR silver award recipient
His nomination to attend this conference recognized that he is within the top 5 per cent of graduate students within a health-related field in the entire country.
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Posted on Monday, 23 June 2014

A PhD student from the University of Prince Edward Island took home a silver award at the CIHR National Student Research Poster Presentation at the 2014 Canadian Student Health Research Forum in Winnipeg. Michel Arsenault’s poster outlines his research into the factors that contribute to the development of a healthy kidney.

“More than 41,000 Canadians were living with kidney failure in 2012, and more than half of those patients were receiving some form of dialysis,” said Arsenault, who is supervised by Dr. Sunny Hartwig in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. “Stem cell-based strategies aimed at kidney regeneration, to prevent and reverse the effects of kidney disease, have great potential to revolutionize the treatment of kidney disease. However, these strategies are in their infancy and require a better understanding of kidney development at the cellular and molecular level under both normal and disease conditions.”

Arsenault’s research examines the factors that lead to the development of a healthy kidney, and the cellular and molecular mechanisms that lead to the appearance of kidney disease within specific animal models.

“We’re extremely proud of Michel’s research, and especially that he was recognized with this award,” said Dr. Robert Gilmour, UPEI’s Vice-President Research and Graduate Studies. “His nomination to attend this conference recognized that he is within the top 5 per cent of graduate students within a health-related field in the entire country. That he should distinguish himself even further within that group is a real accomplishment. Congratulations.”

The Canadian Student Health Research Forum, now in its 27th year, provides a venue for health research trainees from across Canada to present their work, network, and be recognized for the excellence of their contributions. It also features research poster days, awards of excellence, tours, and social events, as well as a symposium on a cross-disciplinary scientific theme by some of the world's leading scientists.