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4th Canadian Obesity Summit Award Winners

The 4th Canadian Obesity Summit was another success - thanks to all who attended! Each biennial conference begins and ends with awards acknowledging the great research being done in Canada by both established and emerging professionals. Here's a list of the 2015 winners:

CON-RCO Distinguished Lecturer Award:
Dr. Kim Raine, University of Alberta

TOPS New Investigator Award:
Dr. Jennifer Kuk, York University

CON-SNP Rising Star:
Gillian Mandich, Western University

CON-SNP Champion Award:

CON-SNP Faculty Supervisor Award:
Dr. Kristi Adamo, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario

Maternal Infant Child & Youth Research Network (MICYRN) Trainee Award Winners:
Maira Quintanilha- University of Alberta
Arjun Trivedi - University of British Columbia
Heather Paul - University of Calgary

Oral Abstract Winners

Undergraduate Level

1st Place: Emily Borgundvaag, Association Between Objectively Measured Physical Activity and Mortality Risk in Adults - Queen’s University

2nd Place: Vincent Angelo Santiago, Psychosocial Predictors of Multivitamin Adherence After Bariatric Surgery University Health Network - Toronto Western Bariatric Surgery Program

Masters Level

1st Place: Jamie-Lee Robb, Does a High-Fat Maternal Diet Affect Spatial Learning and Memory Abilities in Rat Offspring? - University of Waterloo

2nd Place: n/a

PhD Level

1st Place: Jane Polsky, Local Restaurant Environment in Relation to Obesity Among Adults in Southern Ontario: Does Restaurant Mix Matter? - University of Toronto

2nd Place: Selin Neseliler, Functional Brain Changes Associated with Weight Loss – McGill University

New Professional Level

1st Place: Olha Lutsiv, Morbidly obese women have worse pregnancy outcomes than those who are obese: a systematic review and meta-analyses - McGill University

2nd Place: Zachary Ferraro, Healthy Pregnancy Weight Gain: Moving Towards the Next Generation of Smart Moms - The Ottawa Hospital

Honorable Mention, Oral Abstract: Yann LeBodo, Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Promotion in the province of Quebec – Université de Laval

Poster Abstract Winners

Undergraduate Level
1st Place: Hilary Price, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (LSG) as a therapeutic strategy for the management of PCOS in obese patients - Memorial University of Newfoundland

2nd Place: Katherina Chojnacki, Associations between Sleep Quantity and Sleep Quality and Glycosylated Hemoglobin Levels in US Adults - York University

Masters Level

1st Place: Amanda Harvey, An examination of how school facilities are associated with physical activity among youth in the COMPASS study - University of Waterloo

2nd Place: Shana Kim, The effects of dietary pulse consumption on body weight: a systematic review and metanalysis of RCT – University of Toronto

PhD Level

1st Place: Rachel Prowse, Be active and eat (unhealthy)? Marketing messages to children in recreational sports settings - University of Toronto

2nd Place: Sarah Carsley, The impact of childcare attendance on physical activity in young children

New Professional Level

1st Place: Anastasia Alpous, Physical Literacy Screening Tasks for practitioners without specialist training in physical activity - HALO at CHEO

2nd Place: Travis Saunders, Associations of sedentary behaviour, light physical activity and moderate to vigorous physical activity with clinical and psychological outcomes in cardiac rehabilitation – University of PEI

Honorable Mention: Rosanne Blanchet, Length of time since immigration, BMI and waist circumference in sub-Saharan African and Caribbean immigrant women – University of Ottawa