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Tips for writing for Tricouncil (CIHR, NSERC) fellowship applications


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Rob Bertolo, PhD (Memorial University of Newfoundland); David Ma, PhD (University of Guelph); and Vera Mazurak, PhD (University of Alberta)

Come with questions for this panel of experts! Learning to write successful fellowship applications is a critical skill for graduate students. Tune in to this webinar as you prepare your Tri-Council fellowship applications this fall for tips to strengthen your application and make it stand out from the rest. This webinar is an opportunity to ask experienced CIHR and NSERC reviewers practical questions and hear some of their common “do's" and “don'ts.

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Robert Bertolo, PhD
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Robert Bertolo has been with the Department of Biochemistry at Memorial University of Newfoundland since 2002. He trained at the Universities of Guelph and Alberta studying nutrition and metabolism during development with a focus on amino acid and protein nutrition. As a Professor of Nutrition and Metabolism and Canada Research Chair in Human Nutrition (2002-2013), his current research explores how early nutrition can permanently change metabolism, increasing the risk for disease later in life, using the pig as a model for the human. More specifically, he investigates the role of amino acids and vitamins in liver and intestinal metabolism and how early nutritional stresses can program methyl metabolism. Dr. Bertolo also has a research program on amino acids and intestinal stress, including optimizing parenteral feeding. He has received funding from CIHR, NSERC, CFI, hospital foundations and industry to support this research and has served on several grants review panels in Canada and USA. Dr. Bertolo is also actively engaged in nutrition outreach and student development and has served on the Board and committees of the Canadian Nutrition Society, including a term as President.

David Ma, PhD
University of Guelph
David Ma obtained his PhD in Medical Sciences in 2001 at the University of Alberta conducting research on the anticancer properties of conjugated linoleic acids in breast cancer. He then moved to Texas A&M University where he did postdoctoral research investigating the role of omega-3 fatty acids and folate in colon cancer. He returned to Canada where he joined the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor in 2004. Then, in 2007 joined the faculty in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph where he is currently a Professor and Director of the Guelph Family Health Study. His research encompasses investigations to better understand the role of fats in human health and disease. As the Director of the Guelph Family Health Study (GFHS), a longitudinal cohort study of families with young children he leads a multidisciplinary team of investigators and trainees to better understand determinants of health in young families. Dr. Ma has served extensively on numerous CNS committees, including executive positions on the Board of Directors and a term as President.

Vera Mazurak, PhD
University of Alberta
Vera Mazurak earned her PhD in Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of Alberta where she is currently a Professor. Her research interests relate to lipid metabolism in disease states with an emphasis on relationships between inflammatory processes and essential fatty acids. Her most recent work has focused on defining nutritional requirements for people who have cancer and finding ways to overcome malnutrition during cancer therapies and advanced disease. She conducts clinical trials and also uses animal models and cell culture to answer questions in her translational research program which is supported through funding from CIHR as well as other national and local funding agencies. In addition to her research, Dr. Mazurak's experience in teaching human nutrition spans nearly 20 years and she has won awards for teaching in the Nutrition and Food Science Undergraduate Program at the University of Alberta. She currently sits on the Board of Directors and Chairs the Education committee for CNS.

** Original Source: "CNS Education Webinars" Wednesday, September 11, 2019


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