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Congratulations to Crystal Acosta (Supervisor: Hope Anderson), who has been awarded this years’ St. Boniface Hospital Foundation – Nick Shepel Travel Award. This award will help to cover the travel costs associated with Crystal’s attendance at the national Society for Neuroscience Meeting to present a research poster.

The Nick Shepel fund was established by the Division of Neurodegenerative Disorders, St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre, to honor Nick Shepel who was an outstanding researcher, friend and leader. Nick was a true inspiration to his laboratory partners and brought fire, humor, and a desire to always excel. His insistence to always try better has had a permanent effect on his lab mates and peers. Nick led by example and taught that detailed preparation and execution of experiments ensured reliable results.

The purpose of this fund shall be to recognize a young investigator (specifically in the neuroscience area) by providing an annual award(s) to support travel costs associated with the applicant’s attendance at an upcoming national/international conference where the applicant is presenting a poster or oral presentation.