๐ŸŽ“ 19 exceptional Black scholars in Canada are receiving funding awards for vital heart and brain research! Presented by the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Brain Canada, and CIHR-ICRH. ๐Ÿง 

The Heart and Stroke Foundation, in collaboration with Brain Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (CIHR-ICRH), recently announced the recipients of the first-ever Personnel Awards for Black Scholars in Canada. The awards aim to promote Black representation within the heart and/or brain health research community.

Here is the list of the 19 exceptional doctoral and master’s students who have been recognized and awarded:

Master’s Students:

  1. Tyler Agyekum – McGill University
  2. Kennedy Ayoo – University of Toronto
  3. Daniel Deletsu – McMaster University
  4. Patrick Hewan – York University
  5. Jeremies Ibanga – University of Alberta
  6. Toluwanimi Faromika – York University
  7. CeAnn Marks – York University
  8. Juliana Nunes da Silva – University Health Network
  9. Daniela Oboh – University of Calgary
  10. Ifeoluwa (Favour) Olaoluwa – University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research
  11. Samira Omar – University of Toronto
  12. Rachael Rowe – University of Toronto

PhD Students:

  1. Anthonia Aina – University of Toronto
  2. Deborah Baiden – University of Toronto
  3. Ismalia De Sousa – University of British Columbia
  4. Khady Diagne – McGill University
  5. Amirah-Iman Hicks – McGill University
  6. Ngozi Iroanyah – York University
  7. Ibrahim Khodabocus – University of Alberta

The awards aim to reduce financial barriers by providing financial support for 12 master’s students for up to two years and seven doctoral students for up to three years. This support allows these talented individuals to focus on their studies, engage in research, and work with mentors as part of their training and development.

Funding for these awards has been made possible through contributions from the Canada Brain Research Fund (CBRF), the Government of Canada (through Health Canada) and Brain Canada Foundation, CIHR, and Heart & Stroke.

This initiative is a significant stride towards fostering diversity and inclusivity within the heart and brain health research community in Canada. The awarded scholars represent a promising future for research excellence and advancements in these critical health domains.

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