Ontario Women’s Health Scholars 2018
Award-winning researchers working to improve women’s health and well-being

Ovarian cancer patients and breast cancer survivors are among the women whose lives could be transformed by research being carried out by this year’s recipients of the Women’s Health Scholars Awards.

Ten distinguished Ontario university scholars have been chosen to receive the 2018-19 Women’s Health Scholars Awards, earning scholarships of up to $50,000 to continue their important research to improve the health and well-being of women. The annual awards are funded by the Ontario government and administered by the Council of Ontario Universities.

“It is inspiring to see the work these university scholars are doing and the difference it will make to the lives of women in Ontario and beyond,” said David Lindsay, President and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities. “Their research will, for example, examine ways to harness the body’s immune system to kill ovarian cancer tumours, help women with gestational diabetes avoid developing Type-2 diabetes, and contribute to improved services for mothers living with HIV.”

“This outstanding work reflects Ontario universities’ commitment to partnering to conduct innovative research on new treatments and better services, train the highly-skilled professionals that deliver high-quality care, and improve the health and well-being of the people of Ontario.”

Below are this year’s Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Awards recipients.

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  • Ashley Untereiner, University of Toronto
  • Esther Schomaker, University of Ottawa
Postdoctoral (Renewal)
  • Irene Vitoroulis, McMaster University
  • Stéphanie Gauvin, Queen's University
  • Sophie Poznanski, McMaster University
  • Elvira Prusaczyk, Brock University
Doctoral (Renewal)
  • Halina (Lin) Haag, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Maria C. Cusimano, University of Toronto
  • Brianna Hunt, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Tanja Samardzic, University of Windsor