Visiting Research Professorship

The CAG Visiting Research Professorship is offered annually (though not awarded each year) to a member of CAG who is a proven teacher and an outstanding researcher. This award allows a member, who is an outstanding researcher, to visit six or more centres across the country. The CAG will support air travel and the host centres will be responsible for associated visit costs. The CAG Visiting Research Professor is available as a benefit to CAG members, largely in academic institutions. For information on scheduling a visit to your centre please contact Joanne Ardron (CAG National Office).

 

2019-2020 Award Recipient

Dr. Samantha Gruenheid, McGill University

Montréal, QC

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2019-2020 CAG Visiting Research Professor

SAMANTHA GRUENHEID, Ph.D.

Dr. Gruenheid obtained her doctorate degree from McGill University, where she studied mechanisms of host innate resistance to infection, under the mentorship of Dr. Philippe Gros. She undertook postdoctoral studies with Dr. Brett Finlay at the University of British Columbia, where she identified and characterized virulence factors of enteropathogenic bacteria.

Currently, she is an Associate Professor in the McGill Department of Microbiology and Immunology and a member of the McGill Research Center on Complex Traits. Her research, funded by CIHR and NSERC, includes investigation of host-pathogen interactions governing intestinal infections, and the development of a new mouse model to study the emerging role of intestinal inflammation in Parkinson’s Disease. Dr. Gruenheid has been a recipient of a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2), a Senior Research Scholar award from the Fonds de Recherche du Quebec. She has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers, with current h-index of 27.

 

Potential topics of presentation:

  • Susceptibility to intestinal infections: analysis of host genetic and dietary effects
    in the C. rodentium mouse model
  • A new model to study the emerging role of intestinal inflammation in Parkinson's Disease

 

Selected publications:

1) Papapietro O, Teatero S, Thanabalasuriar A, Yuki KE, Diez E, Zhu L, Kang E, Dhillon S, Muise AM, Durocher Y, Marcinkiewicz MM, Malo D, Gruenheid S. R-spondin 2 signalling mediates susceptibility to fatal infectious diarrhoea. Nature Communications 2013; 4:1898


2) Kang E, Zhou G, Yousefi M, Cayrol R, Xia J, Gruenheid S. Loss of disease tolerance during Citrobacter rodentium infection is associated with impaired epithelial differentiation and hyperactivation of T cell responses. Scientific Reports 2018; Jan 16;8(1):84


3) Matheoud D, Cannon T, Voisin A, Penttinen AM, Ramet L, Ducrot C, Laplante A, Bourque MJ, Zhu L, Le Campion A, McBride HM*, Gruenheid S*, Trudeau LE*, Desjardins M*. Intestinal infection in Pink1 knockout mice triggers mitochondrial autoimmunity and transient parkinsonism. Submitted.

 

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Application Process

Step One: Nomination - Deadline is August 31 11:59 PM ET

Nominators are required to submit an online nomination form. Nominators must be CAG members.

Submission Requirements

PLEASE NOTE that you must submit the online application form INCLUDING uploading of all required documents (in .pdf format), in one single step; you are not able to save your application and return to it at a future date, rather it must be completed all at one time.

During your completion of the nomination form you will be asked to upload required documentation; you must have these .pdf documents prepared, finalized, and ready to upload when you begin the online form.
1. Letter of Support
2. CV of the Nominee

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Nomination System is OPEN

Step Two: Review

CAG Research Affairs will review the nominations and make recommendations to the Board, who will make the final decision regarding recipients. Selection will be based on the research records of candidates.

Step Three: Approval

Only the award recipient will be notified via email. The award is presented at CDDW™.

Previous Award Recipients