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Under the mentorship of Dr. Miyoung Suh, Principal Investigator in Nutrition and Neurological Diseases and CCARM, three students have garnered notable awards and recognition in their respective fields. These achievements highlight the department’s commitment to fostering excellence in research and education.

Joanna Candas: A Stellar Victory in French Thesis Competition

Joanna Candas, a Master’s student, showcased her communication skills by securing 1st place in the French heat of the Ma Thèse en 180 Secondes (MT180) competition. The MT180 competition, launched by the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas) in 2012, is inspired by the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition established by The University of Queensland in 2008. Participants are challenged to present a clear and concise explanation of their research project in French, within three minutes.


Dr. Ruchira Nandasiri: Leadership in Canada-India Research Collaboration

Dr. Ruchira Nandasiri, a Postdoctoral Fellow under Dr. Suh’s supervision, was honored with the HQP Leadership Award from IC-IMPACTS. This prestigious award recognizes high-quality personnel (HQP) who have demonstrated leadership in research projects aimed at transforming and sustaining communities.

IC-IMPACTS, the India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability, is the only Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence established through the Canadian Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE). Dr. Nandasiri’s award underscores the importance of international research collaborations in advancing community-focused innovations.

Chelsey Walchuk: Leading the Way in Agri-Food, Nutrition, and Health

PhD student Chelsey Walchuk achieved first place in the oral competition at the International Trainee Symposium in Agri-Food, Nutrition and Health held in Winnipeg in January 2024. This symposium is a significant event that brings together emerging scholars and experts to discuss the latest research and advancements in agri-food, nutrition, and health.

The Vision of Dr. Miyoung Suh

These achievements by Joanna Candas, Dr. Ruchira Nandasiri, and Chelsey Walchuk are a reflection of the exceptional mentorship and leadership of Dr. Miyoung Suh. As the Principal Investigator in the Division of Neurodegenerative Disorders and the Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine, Dr. Suh has dedicated her career to advancing research in nutrition and neurological diseases.

Her commitment to nurturing young researchers and fostering a collaborative and innovative research environment has been instrumental in guiding her students to success. Dr. Suh’s influence extends beyond the laboratory, inspiring the next generation of scientists to push the boundaries of knowledge and make meaningful contributions to society.