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Awards and Scholarships

Dr. Spencer Proctor (Associate Professor):

  • 2015                 Young Investigator Award for Outstanding Research (Highest Honour Mid-Career in
                              Nutrition):   Canadian Nutrition Society (June 2015)
  • 2015                 President:  Canadian Society for Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology
  • 2015                 83rd European Atherosclerosis Society (Glasgow):  Abstract Award (April 2015)
  • 2014                 Simon-Pierre Noel Lectureship: Canadian Lipoprotein Conference (October 2014)
  • 2012                 Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science Graduate Student Mentor Award
  • 2009-2014        New Investigator Award. Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
  • 2008                 Awarded Fourth Biannual Wiebe Visser International Dairy Nutrition Prize
  • 2008                 Nominated by Dairy Farmers of Canada for 4th Biannual Wiebe Visser Intl. Dairy 
                             Nutrition Prize
  • 2008                 Local Organizing Chair, International Symposium for Chylomicrons in Disease
  • 2007                 APEX Award Alberta Agriculture (Network for CLA)
  • 2007                 YIA International Atherosclerosis Society, HDL Conference (Santorini)
  • 2006                 YIA Travel Award Canadian Institutes for Health Research. 
  • 2005                 Abstract Award, Annual World Congress on Insulin Resistance Syndrome (San
                              Francisco)
  • 2004                 Pfizer YIA, Research Prize Canadian Lipoprotein Conference
  • 2004                 YIA Research Award ATVB-AHA Sessions (San Francisco)
  • 2004                 National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (Overseas and Australian 
                             Appointments)
  • 2003                 YIA Research Award Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • 2003                 YIA Educational Grant, Japan Atherosclerosis Society
  • 2003                 CJ Martin NHMRC ‘International’ Research Fellow (2003-2006)
  • 2002                 Divisional Research Travel Award (Health Sciences), Curtin University, Perth
  • 2001                 Distinction for Outstanding PhD Thesis, University of Western Australia, Perth
  • 2000                 YIA Research Award Australian Atherosclerosis Society
  • 1997-1999        Member of State Organizing Committee for Australian Society for Medical Research
  • 1998                 Co-coordinator of Medical Research Week Exhibition, Forrest Place Perth City
  • 1997                 YIA Research Award National Heart Foundation
  • 1997                 Finalist Young Investigator, International Atherosclerosis Society Meeting (Paris)
  • 1996-2000        Post-Graduate Scholarship (PhD) Dept. Medicine University of Western Australia
  • 1996-1998        National Newsletter Editor; Australian Atherosclerosis Society
  • 1996-1998        National Executive Committee Member Australian Atherosclerosis Society

Dr. Donna Vine (Associate Professor):

  • 2015               Awarded McCalla Professorship, Research Disciplines: Dietetics and Nutrition.                                      University of Alberta, Canada.
  • 2015               Nominated, Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Charles
                           Hollenberg, Young Investigator Award (Basic Science)
  • 2014               Appointed Faculty of CME for Androgen Excess and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
                           Society.
  • June 2012      Honorary Research Fellow, School of Medicine & Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, 
                           Dentistry & Health Sciences, University of Western Australia
  • July 2011        Appointed Associate Professor, University of Alberta
  • 2010               Invited poster judge at Canadian Nutrition Society Annual Meeting, Edmonton,
                           Canada.
  • 2010               Invited Poster Judge for Clinical Research and Public Health.  Alberta Diabetes 
                           Institute Research Day, Edmonton
  • 2009-2010      Nominated for Faculty ALES Teaching Award
  • 2008               Appointed Executive member of the National Nutrition Committee for the Canadian 
                           Diabetes Association
  • 2008               Invited poster judge at International Symposium of Chylomicrons in Disease, Lake
                           Louise, Canada.
  • Jan. 2003       Adjunct appointment (by invitation) Senior Research Associate. Curtin University,
                           Perth, Western Australia
  • August 2002   New Investigator Award Grant, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia
  • Feb. 2002       Appointed Executive Committee Member of Australian Institute Food Science and
                           Technology
  • Apr. 2001/02   Invitational Judge Western Australian Nutrition Awards         
  • Dec. 2000       Awarded Special Monash University Research Fellowship (SMURF)
  • Dec. 1999       Awarded Monash University Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship
  • May 1997       Australian National Heart Foundation Travel Award
  • Nov. 1996       Best Seminar Award 1996: The Mark Liveris Health Science Post Graduate Seminars. 
                           Curtin University of Tech.    
  • Dec. 1995      Australian Society Atherosclerosis Travel Award
  • 1993 - 1997   Awarded a Curtin University Post Graduate Scholarship for Doctoral Candidature
  • Dec. 1992      First Class Honours (Bachelor Degree), Curtin University of Technology Dissertation: A 
                          Physiological and Anthropometric Survey of University Students

Dr. Rene Jacobs (Assistant Professor):


  • 2012 Faculty of ALES “Teacher of the Year” Award
  • 2012 American Society for Nutrition E.L.R. Stokstad Award
  • 2012 International Life Science Institute (North American) Future Leader Award
  • 2011 Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Salary Award
  • 2010 Stewart Whitman New Investigator Award, Canadian Lipoprotein Conference
  • 2008 Young Investigator Travel Award, Deuel Conference on Lipids
  • 2006 Merck Frosst Postdoctoral Presentation Award, Canadian Lipoprotein Conference
  • 2004 ASBMB Postdoctoral Fellow Travel Award
  • 2003 Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2003 Canadian Institutes of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2003 ASBMB Postdoctoral Fellow Travel Award
  • 2002 School of Graduate Studies “Distinction” for Outstanding Oral Thesis Defense 
  • 2001 Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies
  • 2000 IUBMB Young Scientist Travel Fellowship
  • 2000 Department of Biochemistry/Barrowman Travel Award
  • 1999 ASBMB graduate student Travel Award
  • 1999 Canadian Institutes of Health Research Doctoral Award 
  • 1993      Faculty of Science Dean’s List


  • Ms. Karen Kelly (PhD) 2012 Elizabeth Russell MacEachran Scholarship
  • Ms. Karen Kelly (PhD) Travel assistance for the 8th International Conference on Homocysteine Metabolism provided by the Profiling Alberta's Graduate Students Award 2011
  • Mrs. Mariam Jacome (PhD) 2012 AFNS Graduate Student Research Award
  • Mrs. Mariam Jacome (PhD) Dissertation Fellowship 2011-2012
  • Mrs. Mariam Jacome (PhD) President’s international doctoral award, FGSR, University of Alberta, 2009-2010 (declined)
  • Mrs. Mariam Jacome (PhD) National Council of Mexico for Science and Technology (CONACyT) scholarship 2008-2012
  • Mrs. Mariam Jacome (PhD) Graduate Research Assistantship Fund (GRAF) Tuition Scholarship, University of Alberta, Winter 2008
  • Mrs. Mariam Jacome (PhD) Graduate Research Assistantship Fund (GRAF) Tuition Scholarship, University of Alberta, Fall 2008
  • Mrs. Mariam Jacome (PhD) 2nd place in graduate student poster presentation Western Nutrition Conference, Edmonton Sept 2008
  • Mrs. Mariam Jacome (PhD) Honorary mention for outstanding achievement and thesis defense, Universidad Veracruzana 2006
  • Mrs. Mariam Jacome (PhD) National Council of Mexico for Science and Technology (CONACyT) scholarship 2004- 2006
  • Mrs. Mariam Jacome (PhD) Exchange scholarship, Universidad Veracruzana, University of Alberta 2005
  • Dr. Rabban Mangat (PhD) ADI Research Day Poster Award 2012
  • Dr. Rabban Mangat (PhD) Alberta Diabetes Trainee Travel Award 2012
  • Dr. Rabban Mangat (PhD) CSATVB ISA2012 Sydney Trainee Travel Award 2012
  • Dr. Rabban Mangat (PhD) Poster Presentation Award (PDF Category) for the Canadian Lipoprotein Conference 2011
  • Dr. Rabban Mangat (PhD) Young Investigator Award from Canadian Society for Atherosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology  (CSATVB) at Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2009
  • Dr. Rabban Mangat (PhD) Travel award for North American Vascular Biology Organization (NAVBO) meeting 2009
  • Dr. Rabban Mangat (PhD) Anthony Fellowship in Human Nutrition, University of Alberta 2008
  • Dr. Rabban Mangat (PhD) Queen Elizabeth II Doctoral Award, University of Alberta 2008, 2009  
  • Dr. Rabban Mangat (PhD) Canadian Obesity Network Travel Award 2007  
  • Dr. Rabban Mangat (PhD) Muttart/Collip Diabetes Studentship 2006-2008 
  • Dr. Rabban Mangat (PhD) Provost Doctoral Entrance Award, (University of Alberta) 2005-2006
  • Dr. Flora Wang (PhD) Canadian Obesity Student Meeting (COSM)-Poster Doctoral Research Fellowship 2012
  • Dr. Flora Wang (PhD) Myer Horowitz GSA Graduate Scholarship 2009
  • Dr. Flora Wang (PhD) Anthony Fellowship in Human Nutrition 2009
  • Dr. Flora Wang (PhD) Graduate Research Assistantship Fund Tuition Scholarship 2007
  • Dr. Flora Wang (PhD) Best poster presentation, Canadian Society for Nutritional Science annual meeting 2009
  • Dr. Flora Wang (PhD) Young Investigator Award, International Symposium of Chylomicrons in Diseases 2008
  • Dr. Flora Wang (PhD) 2rd Place for Student Presentations, CLA Summit 2007
  • Ms. Samantha Warnakul (MSc) University of Alberta Travel Award 2009
  • Ms. Samantha Warnakul (MSc)Canadian Society of atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and vascular biology (CSATVB) travel award 2008
  • Ms. Hanna Rodriquez Dimitrescu (PhD) National Council of Mexico for Science and Technology (CONACyT) scholarship 2009-2013
  • Ms. Hanna Rodriquez Dimitrescu (PhD) Mazankowski CAPTURE Program 2011
  • Ms. Shannon Wu (MSc) MITACS-Internship Accelerate 2011
  • Dr. Faye Borthwick (Post Doc) Canadian Bureau for International Education-Post Doctoral Research  Fellowship 2012
  • Dr. Faye Borthwick (Post Doc) CIHR Trainee Travel Award 2012
  • Dr. Faye Borthwick (Post Doc) Alberta Diabetes Trainee Travel Award 2012
  • Dr. Faye Borthwick (Post Doc) CSATVB Trainee Travel Award 2012
  • Dr. Faye Borthwick (Post Doc) Mazankowski CAPTURE Program 2011
  • Dr. Faye Borthwick (Post Doc) MITACS-Internship Accelerate 2011
  • Abdoulaye Diane (Post Doc) PhD scholarship from the government of Senegal 2002-2006
  • Dr. Abdoulaye Diane (Post Doc) Research improvement grant from Camoens Institute (Lisbon, Portugal)  2006
  •  Dr. Robin da Silva (Post Doc) CLC Post Doctoral Oral Presentation Award (Lake Louise, Canada) 2012
  • Paulina Aldana Mexican Government/Conyct, Graduate Scholarship 2016
  • John Kennelly Alberta Innovate Tech Futures, Graduate Scholarship 2016
  • John Kennelly Alberta Diabetes Institute, Graduate Scholarship 2016
  • John Kennelly Alberta Diabetes Institute, Incentive Grant 2016
  • John Kennelly Alberta Diabetes Institute, Research Day Oral Presentation 2016
  • John Kennelly Canadian Lipoprotein Conference Oral Presentation 2016
  • John Kennelly American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Graduate Travel Award 2016
  • Erin Lewis University of Alberta Presidents’ Doctoral Prize of Distinction 2016
  • Erin Lewis University of Alberta/AFNS Graduate Student Teaching Award 2016
  • Erin Lewis University of Alberta/AFNS, Graduate Student Research Assistant Award 2016
  • Erin Lewis American Society of Nutrition Mary Louise Imrie, Graduate Student Travel Award 2016
  • Jelske van der Veen Alberta Diabetes Institute, Research Day Oral Honorable Mention 2016
  • Bella Gao Alberta Innovates:  Health Solutions, PhD Scholarship 2015
  • Yumna Zia Alberta Diabetes Association, Poster Presentation Award 2015
  • Erin Lewis Women and Child Health Research Institute, 1st Place Poster Presentation 2015
  • Erin Lewis NSERC, Doctoral Scholarship 2015
  • Erin Lewis University of Alberta, Presidents’ Doctoral Prize of Distinction 2015
  • Erin Lewis University of Alberta/Killam, Izaak Walton Killam, Memorial Scholarship 2015