2018 Partners In Research National Award Winners



Dr. Emma Allen-Vercoe Biomedical Ambassador Award
Dr. Emma Allen-Vercoe is an internationally recognized leader in innovative gut microbiome research whose impressive contributions to science are matched by a dynamic and highly effective outreach program. As her record readily attests, she has made a significant impact in educating the public about the gut microbiome and its importance to health. As a gifted and passionate science communicator, Allen-Vercoe is a highly sought-after and popular public speaker. Over the last 4 years alone, of the almost 100 seminars she has given, almost half of these have represented outreach talks to the public or special interest groups, with audiences ranging from elementary school age children, to high school seniors, senior citizens, the general “sciencecurious” population and professional groups. Each presentation that Allen-Vercoe gives is fully tailored to the needs of the group to which she is speaking  allen-vercoe
Dr. Jeremy Kerr Science Ambassador Award
 Dr. Kerr has devoted his career to engaging the public and policy makers around the excitement and value of nature and biodiversity. He has brought science, and especially global change biology and conservation science, into the lives of Canadians thanks to his high profile scientific discoveries, leading to globally impactful papers in journals like Science. Popularly known as the “butterfly guy” in some CBC broadcasts, his contributions to citizen science have had wide-ranging impacts on public awareness of conservation issues, especially for pollinators, like bees and butterflies. Dr. Kerr is a driving force behind landmark national and international efforts around continent-wide conservation in North America, bringing together communities of citizen scientists of all ages to search for butterflies and bumblebees everywhere.  Dr. Kerr’s is a well-known research leader, publishing work around bumblebees, climate change, and pesticides in high impact factors journals Jeremy Kerr
Dr. Kumanan Wilson Technology & Engineering Ambassador Award
 My goal is to empower Canadians to manage their own healthcare through the use of digital technologies. I believe digital health technologies will connect Canadians with each other, their healthcare providers and their governments. With this vision, I have founded the Ottawa Hospital mHealth Lab in 2014, where I am fortunate to lead a team of talented, young engineers and scientists who develop and evaluate mobile apps in multiple areas of public health. Digital platforms developed to date include those related to immunization (CANImmunize, SafeLiving), emergency medicine (The Ottawa Rules app), kidney disease management (OKKidney) and stroke recovery (RecoverNow). Our apps are designed to empower Canadians to better manage their own healthcare, help physicians and improve the health system as a whole


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Dr. Nathalie Ouellette Young Researcher Ambassador Award
Dr. Nathalie Ouellette has been active in science education and outreach for a decade, her activities ranging over a wide array of audiences, topics, and media. She has established herself as a key figure in the local Kingston education community by managing the Queen’s Observatory for nearly six years (2010-2016) and coordinating the majority of the Queen’s astronomy research group’s outreach activity. Under her management, the monthly Open House events at the Queen’s Observatory have seen an increase in popularity of over 400% and is now the most popular free science event on campus. She also hosted several school, camp, and scout groups on field trips at the Observatory every month during her tenure, introducing children from pre-kindergarten to senior high school ages to astronomy through her interactive presentations and telescope demos. Her work as the Observatory Coordinator was commemorated by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Kingston Chapter, with a plaque. Her outreach work continues now with the new Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre (CPARC) as their Education & Outreach Officer, where she has been building an extensive portfolio of events and resources for the local and national communities including public talks, science exhibits located in the Queen’s Physics Department, and online content characterised by a fun sense of humour and wonder meant to best connect with today’s youth.  Natalie Ouellette 2
Dr. Douglas Jones Ronald G. Calhoun Science Ambassador Award
Dr. Jones has been a long-time member of the Partners In Research National Board and is currently finishing his tenure as Past President. Dr. Jones is the first person to receive both a research and lay award from Partners In Research Canada after having received the Biomedical Science Ambassador Award in 2002. In addition to his dedication to Partners In Research as a board members, Dr. Jones has been a promoter, fundraiser and educational outreach participant.

Dr. Jones’ research focuses on determining physiology and pathophysiology of cardiovascular function. Recent studies have focussed on substrates associated with arrhythmia in atrial fibrillation, mechanisms of, and development of procedures and tools for minimally-invasive, robotically-assisted cardiac surgery, and neurophysiological regulatory mechanisms of cardiovascular control.

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