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Ten Manitobans were honoured at a ceremony Wednesday, April 28th at the 34th annual YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Awards, including St. Boniface Hospital Research’s Dr. Karmin O, Principal Investigator within the Integrative Biology Laboratory at the Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine and Professor within the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the University of Manitoba. The awards are presented annually by the YMCA¬YWCA at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. Dr. O received her award in the category of Research and Innovation.

The awards are a celebration of talent, achievement, imagination and innovation, honouring Manitoba women who have made a “unique and exemplary contribution to the development of others in our community,” according to the organization.

From the Winnipeg Free Press (04/29/10): “The mentor and pioneer in the use of nutraceuticals and herbal medicines to help people with vascular disorders has made key discoveries leading to the treatment of metabolic disease syndrome and associated vascular diseases. O was awarded the CIHR’s National Research Forum for Young Investigators in Circulatory and Respiratory Health Thematic Symposium Award in 2005. An accomplished scientist and mentor, O received the Outstanding Research Student Supervisor Award from the University of Hong Kong. In 2009, she received the University of Manitoba Health Sciences Graduate Students Association’s Ed Kroeger Award for Distinction in Mentoring.”

To read the Free Press article, click here.