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    Distinguished Spinal Cord Researcher Receives Barbara Turnbull Award

    Distinguished Spinal Cord Researcher Receives Barbara Turnbull Award

    Sick Kids' David Kaplan leading way for Canada-based spinal cord

    TORONTO, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - Dr. David Kaplan, one of Canada's outstanding
    neuroscientists based at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, has been named
    the 2002 recipient of the Barbara Turnbull Award. Dr. Kaplan is receiving the
    award today, at 11 a.m. at Toronto's Sick Children's Hospital.

    Working with co-investigator and well-known Canadian neuroscientist Dr.
    Freda Miller, Dr. Kaplan has identified proteins in cells that stimulate their
    survival, inhibit their death, and promote their growth and regeneration. The
    aim of this research is to develop treatments to better treat
    neurodegenerative diseases and nerve injuries.

    "I want to thank the organizations that have made this possible, and
    especially Barbara Turnbull for her tireless efforts to encourage spinal cord
    research in Canada," said. Dr. Kaplan. "Without this kind of support,
    researchers in this country wouldn't be able to push the boundaries of
    science, which will hopefully lead to improved therapies."

    The Barbara Turnbull Award was established in 2001 to align the efforts
    of three national organizations supporting spinal cord research in Canada and
    is awarded to the top ranked spinal cord researcher identified through CIHR's
    investigator-initiated grants competition. Awardees will have excelled in
    research in the area of spinal cord injury protection, repair, and functional
    recovery and will be complementing and extending this work within
    interdisciplinary collaborative research endeavours. Through the complementary
    support provided through this $50,000 prize, selected spinal cord researchers
    will be able to hire additional assistants, expand their sphere of research
    and add momentum to the on-going search for a cure to spinal cord injuries.

    "I'm thrilled to be associated with this novel partnership with CIHR and
    NeuroScience Canada to recognize outstanding spinal cord research in Canada.
    We all have to work together to increase awareness of the need for
    collaborative efforts to achieve our goal," said Ms. Turnbull. "Dr. Kaplan's
    research is ground-breaking and it's crucial that Canadians in this field know
    that they will be able to obtain the necessary funding they need to maintain
    world class research."

    "NeuroScience Canada is founded on the basic values of giving and
    partnering to discover new knowledge in the broad field of neuroscience that
    touches so profoundly and often so painfully the lives of millions around the
    world," said the Honourable Michael H. Wilson, National Chair of the
    NeuroScience Canada Foundation. "Through the Barbara Turnbull Award, we are
    pleased to support innovative Canadian scientists in the field of spinal cord

    "Research is about vision and about creating partnerships," said Dr. Rémi
    Quirion, INMHA's Scientific Director. "This award allows ground-breaking
    research to happen, and gives scientists the flexibility they need to think
    and work effectively."

    Barbara Turnbull is a well known Toronto journalist and research activist
    who was shot and paralyzed from the neck-down during a convenience store
    robbery in 1983 when she was 18. She has organized this Award to increase
    public awareness that over four million Canadians are afflicted with
    neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders.

    This annual prize recognizes and supports an outstanding researcher who
    contributes to the advancement of world-leading spinal cord research conducted
    in Canada. Three national organizations sponsor the award: The Barbara
    Turnbull Foundation (BTF), NeuroScience Canada Foundation (NSCF), and the
    Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA) of the CIHR.

    Barbara Turnbull Foundation: The goal of the Barbara Turnbull Foundation
    for Spinal Cord Research is to provide recognition and financial support for
    internationally esteemed research carried out in Canada in the field of
    neuroscience, particularly as it relates to remediation of spinal cord

    NeuroScience Canada Foundation: The goals of the neuroscience Canada
    Foundation and its affiliated charitable organization, the NeuroScience Canada
    Partnership (NCP) are to bring relief and hope to the over four million
    Canadians afflicted with neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders by
    supporting the researchers who seek to understand the mechanisms that lead to
    protection, repair and functional recovery of the nervous system.

    The Hospital for Sick Children, affiliated with the University of
    Toronto, is Canada's most research-intensive hospital and the largest centre
    dedicated to improving children's health in the country. Its mission is to
    provide the best in family-centred, compassionate care, to lead in scientific
    and clinical advancement, and to prepare the next generation of leaders in
    child health.

    CIHR's Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction supports
    research to enhance mental health, neurological health, vision, hearing and
    cognitive functioning and to reduce the burden of related disorders through
    prevention strategies, screening, diagnosis, treatment, support systems and
    palliation. Associated research will advance our understanding of human
    thought, emotion, behaviour, sensation, perception, learning and memory.

    The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is Canada's premier
    agency for health research. Its objective is to excel, according to
    internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation
    of new knowledge and its translation into improved health for Canadians, more
    effective health services and products and a strengthened health care system.



    For further information: Justin Kingsley, INMHA-CIHR, (613) 297-7190;
    Laura Greer, The Hospital for Sick Children, (416) 813-5046; Gary Goldberg,
    Barbara Turnbull Foundation for Spinal Cord Research, (416) 920-3252; Inez
    Jabalpurwala, NeuroScience Canada Foundation, (514) 934-8290

    [This message was edited by seneca on 01-17-03 at 16:50.]

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    Congratulations to David Kaplan for receiving this award. He and Freda Miller pioneered many of the techniques that researchers are using to immortalize and study cell lines. Many of the cell transplant techniques of today have benefited from the work that they did. I am very impressed by this choice, by the foresight of the Barbara Turnbull Award Committee and Barbara Turnbull. Wise.

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