Czubryt lab students Breanna Belisle and Justin Lin followed up a successful showing at the Sanofi Biogenius Canada regional final with gold medals at this past weekend’s Manitoba Schools Science Symposium. In addition, Belisle was awarded the Best Health Science Project in the Senior category.
Justin was awarded the Adhir Bagchi Memorial Award for Excellence in Health Sciences, as well as the Best Overall Individual Project in the Intermediate category (meaning he was the best overall in all sections: chemistry, health science, biology, physics), and will be traveling to represent Manitoba at the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Fredericton, NB, May 11-16. These awards are on top of the awards received at the Sanofi Biogenius Challenge Canada (Manitoba Division) two weeks ago. Belisle, a grade 12 student at Fort Richmond Collegiate, placed 2nd for her project exploring the possibility of reducing damage to the heart following cardiac injury through the regulation of gene “action”, the method by which genes exert their effect on tissues or processes. Lin, a grade 10 student at St. John’s Ravenscourt, placed 3rd for his project exploring whether cholesterol medication in the form of statin drugs can be effective in treating fibrosis (the thickening and scarring of connective tissue) in the heart muscle.