Subject: IIDR eNews - April 6th, 2018

Issue 15 - April 6th, 2018
The IIDR Announces New Michael Kiley Scholarship in Antibiotic Resistance

The Michael Kiley Scholarship in Antibiotic Resistance was recently established to honour the late Michael Kiley - an Ontario man who lost his battle to a drug-resistant superbug in 2011. The recipient of this prestigious award will be an undergraduate summer student who plans to pursue graduate work at McMaster University in the fall, in the area of drug-resistant infections.
Dr. Gerry Wright Talks Fungi on CBC TV’s "The Nature of Things"

"Fungi are absolutely remarkable chemists. They make molecules that are frankly impossible for us to replicate in the lab”. Stay tuned this Sunday, April 8th at 8 PM for CBC-TV's episode of The Nature of Things entitledThe Kingdom: How Fungi Made Our World to hear IIDR’s Dr. Gerry Wright discuss the potential of fungi as a source of new antibiotics and antibiotic adjuvants.

Investigators Develop Diagnostics Tool for the Hands-Free Detection of Food Pathogens

Is this meat safe to eat? In their recent publication in ACS Nano, IIDR’s Dr. Tohid Didar and his team of  engineers at McMaster report the development of a novel diagnostics tool for the hands-free detection of pathogens in food samples. In collaboration with biochemists from Dr. Yingfu Li’s lab, the team designed a material called “Sentinel Wrap” - a thin, flexible, and durable sensing surface that generates a fluorescence signal in the presence of specific target bacteria. This innovative technology can be directly incorporated into food packaging to signal contamination as it happens, and could potentially replace the traditional "best before" date on food products.
Dr. Wright Discusses His Team's Groundbreaking Research on CHCH TV's Morning Live

Professor Gerry Wright and his IIDR team at McMaster University is leading exciting research on antibiotics, which is featured in this week's episode of The Nature of Things. Dr. Wright talks with CHCH TV's Annette Hamm about this groundbreaking research on Tuesday's Morning Live.
Rubber Ducks & Superbugs: IIDR's Dr. Burrows & Dr. Bowdish Comment

Recent studies from Switzerland and the US suggest that bath toys such as rubber ducks may be "swimming itself in potentially pathogenic bacteria." In response to this, IIDR’s Dr. Lori Burrows and Dr. Dawn Bowdish spoke with over two dozen media sources about these new studies, the potential link between superbugs and other common household items, and the dangers of over-sanitizing your home.
Dr. John Whitney Receives eLife Early-Career Researcher Travel Grant

Congratulations to the IIDR’s Dr. John Whitney on being selected as one of seven early-career researchers to receive a travel grant from the eLife travel grant programme. With this grant, Dr. Whitney will travel from McMaster University to the Gordon Research Conference on Microbial Stress Response in South Hadley, MA, USA, to talk about the discovery and mode of action of protein toxins involved in interbacterial competition. Learn more about the eLife travel grant programme and the six other travel grant recipients here.
King’s Christian Collegiate Student Receives IIDR Internship Award at BASEF 2018

Ms. Evlyn Sun, a grade 12 student at King’s Christian Collegiate, Oakville, received the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research (IIDR) Internship Award last Tuesday at the 58th Annual Bay Area Science & Engineering Fair (BASEF). Read more about Evlyn, the award, and the runner-up recipients here.
The IIDR is pleased to announce the call for summer student scholarships for 2018! 

The Institute for Infectious Disease Research (IIDR) will provide 10 $1,000 fellowship awards to eligible undergraduate students working in IIDR member labs during their summer practicum from May – August, 2018. If you are currently a student under the supervision of an IIDR member, we encourage you to apply.

Conservative Members of Parliament Tour McMaster’s IIDR

The IIDR’s Dr. Lori Burrows welcomes MP & Shadow Minister for Science Matt Jeneroux and MP David Sweet with a tour of the Michael G DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research, to highlight McMaster’s world-class science facilities, innovative commercialization activities, and current research initiatives. Jeneroux and Sweet are Conservative Members of Parliament for Edmonton Riverbend and Flamborough-Glanbrook, respectively.

Banff Conference on Infectious Diseases
May 23rd - 27th, 2018, Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta Canada

Since 1982, the biennial Banff Conference on Infectious Diseases has been a unique forum for internationally-recognized experts to present their research on pathogenesis and other aspects of infectious diseases and host defences. The Conference is symposium-based with four invited speakers in each of six different areas. An informal poster session allows registrants an opportunity to present their work. Find out more about the 19th BCID here.
Term Start for Farncombe's Microbiome Working Group & Human Microbiome Journal Club 

Working Group is held Tuesdays, 3:30 - 4:30 in HSC 1J9A and encourages all researchers working on microbiome projects to get or give help with subjects such as software tools, R, and experiment planning. The Human Microbiome Journal Club (HMJC) is held on the fourth Friday of each month from 3:00 - 4:00 in HSC 3N10A, where one person chooses a paper to present and discuss. HMJC is typically followed up with Bioinformatics and Beer at the Phoenix. Join the hmjc-l mailing list here.
Upcoming Events
Tuesday, April 10th: Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences Seminar Series
Dr. Jasmin Lalonde (hosted by Dr. Karun Signh), Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Guelph
“Elucidating New Pathways in Neuronal Calcium Dynamics and Arc/Arg3.1 Biology"
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
HSC 4E20

*Coffee and cookies will be served at 11:15 AM.
Wednesday, April 11th: Work In Progress (WIP) Seminar Series
Omar Salem: “Tackling Tumor Heterogeneity using Oncolytic Vaccinia Vaccine”
Richard Hogg: "NK cells as drivers of CAR”
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Monday, April 23rd: McMaster Health Sciences Venture Fair
Hosted by the McMaster Industry Liaison Office (MILO)
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Brian Lichty, Vice President of Research, Turnstone Biologics
Learn how to succeed as an academic start-up and enjoy a networking lunch and roundtable session to have your questions answered by the investors themselves. Afternoon reception to follow.
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
McMaster Innovation Park - Atrium Building

*Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Visit the MILO website for more information. 
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