The 2014 Vanier Scholarships and Banting Fellowships will continue to support discovery research as well as improve the economic prosperity and quality of life of Canadians
August 14, 2014 – Toronto, Ontario – Vanier-Banting Secretariat
The Harper Government demonstrated its commitment to developing, attracting and retaining the best young researchers in Canada and from around the world with today's announcement of 166 new Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship recipients and 70 new Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship recipients.
The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), and the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, were at the University of Toronto today to announce over $34 million in awards. These prestigious awards will support world-class doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows carrying out leading-edge research in the health sciences, natural sciences and engineering, and social sciences and humanities at universities in Canada or Canadians carrying out research at institutions around the world.
The University of Toronto is host to 26 new Vanier Scholars and 8 new Banting Fellows, including:
- Vanier Scholar Miles Montgomery whose research in engineering sciences focuses on the development of tissues in a lab that, when transplanted, can help fix damaged human organs.
- Vanier Scholar Catia Perciani whose study of varicella-zoster virus (VZV), or chickenpox virus, could help in the battle against HIV/AIDS.
- Banting Fellow Santiago Rincón-Gallardo whose work explores how innovative teaching methods can be incorporated into educational systems on a large scale.
- Banting Fellow Elizabeth Willis whose research may explain how a molecule called PSA can coat the surface of cancer cells and allow them to move freely in the human body, providing new targets for chemotherapy.
Director of Communications and Parliamentary Affairs
Office of the Minister of State (Science and Technology)
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's health research investment agency. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened health care system for Canadians. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 13,200 health researchers and trainees across Canada.