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Dr. Mahdi Rahimi awarded the 2022-2023 R. Samuel McLaughlin / MMSF Research and Education Fellowship Award in Medicine

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The Manitoba Medical Service Foundation (MMSF) is pleased to announce that the 2022-2023 R. Samuel McLaughlin / MMSF Research and Education Fellowship Award in Medicine has been awarded to Dr. Mahdi Rahimi.

The $75,000 award is co-sponsored by the MMSF, the University of Manitoba McLaughlin Foundation and the Dean of Medicine’s Education and Research Fellowship Fund at the University of Manitoba – with each contributing $25,000.

The award aims to support the scholarship of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences through the training of future clinical faculty members in research and medical education. The term of the award is one (1) year, commencing on July 1, 2022.

Upon finishing his Anatomical Pathology residency, Dr. Rahimi will be starting his fellowship training in Gastrointestinal Pathology at the University of Toronto under the supervision of the Mount Sinai Hospital Gastrointestinal (GI) Pathology group led by Dr. Robert Riddell. In addition to subspecialty training in GI pathology (including liver, hepatobiliary and pediatric GI pathology), Dr. Rahimi will also be involved in a research project under the supervision of Dr. Richard Kirsch and Dr. James Conner.

This project evaluates distinct histomorphologic changes associated with epithelial atypia in large bowel biopsies from patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC)-associated inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The association between IBD — especially ulcerative colitis — and PSC is well-established, with the latter present in up to five per cent of IBD patients. Patients with PSC are at increased risk for IBD-associated dysplasia and carcinoma. Currently, these atypical epithelial changes are often reported as “indefinite for dysplasia,” but it is unclear whether this represents an over- or under-call. Knowledge of whether these changes progress to overt dysplasia and/or malignancy will allow us to report these changes in a more clinically meaningful way.

The MMSF thanks the Awards Selection Committee for adjudication of the candidates as well as the McLaughlin Foundation and the University of Manitoba for their financial and administrative support of the process.

2021/2022

(The Dean's Fellowship Fund (DFF) at the University of Manitoba is also contributing $25,000, valuing the 2021/22 award at $75,000)

  • Photo Dr. Alwyn Gomez $75,000
    Award icon$25,000(MMSF)
    Award icon$25,000(MF)
    Award icon$25,000(DFF)

2020/2021

(The Dean's Fellowship Fund (DFF) at the University of Manitoba is also contributing $25,000, valuing the 2020/21 award at $75,000)

  • Photo Dr. Sapna Oberoi $75,000
    Award icon $25,000 (MMSF)
    Award icon $25,000 (MF)
    Award icon $25,000 (DFF)

2019/2020

(The Dean's Fellowship Fund (DFF) at the University of Manitoba is also contributing $25,000, valuing the 2019/20 award at $75,000)

  • Photo Dr. Blair Peters $75,000
    Award icon $25,000 (MMSF)
    Award icon $25,000 (MF)
    Award icon $25,000 (DFF)

2018/2019

(The Dean's Fellowship Fund (DFF) at the University of Manitoba is also contributing $34,634, valuing the 2018/19 award at $84,634)

This award was split between:

  • Photo Dr. Mark Bigder $33,854
    Award icon $10,000 (MMSF)
    Award icon $10,000 (MF)
    Award icon $13,854 (DFF)
  • Photo Dr. Brett Houston $50,780
    Award icon $15,000 (MMSF)
    Award icon $15,000 (MF)
    Award icon $20,780 (DFF)

(Dr. Bigder subsequently received the Dean of Medicine's Education & Research Fellowship Award at the University of Manitoba and he declined the McLaughlin/MMSF Award in April 2018)

2017/18

(The Dean's Fellowship Fund (DFF) at the University of Manitoba is also contributing $34,634, valuing the 2017/18 award at $84,634)

This award was split between:

  • Photo Dr. Vanessa Poliquin
    Award icon $12,500 (MMSF)
    Award icon $12,500 (MF)
    Award icon $17,317 (DFF)
  • Photo Dr. Lin Yang
    Award icon $12,500 (MMSF)
    Award icon $12,500 (MF)
    Award icon $17,317 (DFF)

(Dr. Yang received a faculty position as assistant professor in the Section of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Manitoba and she declined the McLaughlin/MMSF award in December 2017)

2016/17

(The Dean's Fellowship Fund (DFF) at the University of Manitoba is also contributing $20,000, valuing the 2016/17 award at $70,000)

Dr. Frederick Zeiler Award icon $25,000 (MMSF) Award icon $25,000 (MF) Award icon $20,000 (DFF)

2015/16

(The Dean's Fellowship Fund (DFF) at the University of Manitoba contributed $20,000, valuing the 2015/16 award at $70,000 [$35,000 to each awardee])

This award was split between:

Dr. Murdoch Leeies Award icon $12,500 (MMSF) Award icon $12,500 (MF) Award icon $10,000 (DFF)

Dr. Ilan Schwartz Award icon $12,500 (MMSF) Award icon $12,500 (MF) Award icon $10,000 (DFF)

2013/14

Dr. Guillaume Poliquin Award icon $25,000 (MMSF) Award icon $25,000 (MF)

2012/13

Dr. Christine Fedorow Award icon $25,000 (MMSF) Award icon $25,000 (MF)

2011/12

Dr. Kristjan Paulson Award icon $25,000 (MMSF) Award icon $25,000 (MF)

2010/11

Dr. Chris Wiebe Award icon $25,000 (MMSF) Award icon $25,000 (MF)

2009/10

This award was split between:

Dr. Yaov Keynan Award icon $12,500 (MMSF) Award icon $12,500 (MF)

Dr. Kanwal Kumar Award icon $12,500 (MMSF) Award icon $12,500 (MF)

2008/09

Dr. Colin Kazina Award icon $25,000 (MMSF) Award icon $25,000 (MF)

2007/08

Dr. Marshall Pitz Award icon $25,000 (MMSF) Award icon $25,000 (MF)

2006/07

Dr. Colin Kazina Award icon $25,000 (MMSF) Award icon $25,000 (MF)