Fellowships are a particularly effective way to help postgraduate students and medical graduates launch independent research careers, by providing them with salary support as they develop knowledge and skills alongside senior researchers. The DMRF funds two ongoing fellowships.
William M. Sobey Fellowship in Cardiology
The Sobey Fellowship provides two years of salary support to a cardiology resident upon completion of their clinical training. It is specifically designed to send these clinical specialists to top cardiology research centres, so they can return to Dalhousie with new tools and knowledge to enrich the academic environment and help them launch new clinical research programs in cardiology.
Dr. Jonathan Toma
Our newest Sobey Fellow in Cardiology is Dr. Sarah Ramer, who completed six years of residency training in internal medicine and cardiology at Dalhousie Medical School in the spring of 2006. She has since embarked on her Sobey Fellowship training at Mount Sinai Hospital in Montreal, joining a team of specialists in the art of echocardiography, or ‘ultrasound of the heart.’
Cardiac electrophysiologist Dr. John Sapp spent two years at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, treating post-heart-attack cardiac arrhythmias. Upon his return to Dalhousie and Capital Health in 2003, he began a research program in ‘body-surface mapping.’ This technique pinpoints the location of scar tissue causing the arrhythmia, improving the speed and accuracy of corrective surgery.
Dr. Colin Yeung
A.K. Reynolds Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Reynolds Fellowship guarantees salary support for postdoctoral trainees in the Department of Pharmacology. It is the legacy of the late Dr. Keith Reynolds, a dedicated professor in the Department for 42 years. His bequest also provides annual cash prizes for best theses at the masters and doctorate levels, and a fund for book purchases by graduate students.
Dr. Naga Puvvada Prasad who was working under the supervision of Dr. Keith Brunt. However, Dr. Naga Puvvada Prasad was recently awarded a UNB Postdoctoral Fellow and therefore, the Reynolds Fellowship was terminated as of 31 May 2015.
Dr. Ramani Soundararajan is working under the supervision of Dr. George Robertson in the Department of Pharmacology, studying the anti-oxidant and neuroprotective effects of flavonoids derived from apple and blueberry extracts. An award-winning scientist, Dr. Soundararajan completed doctoral studies at the University of Delhi in India, where she studied the anti-cancer effects of various plant extracts.
Dr. Noel DaSilva, a native of Goa, India, is a previous holder of the Reynolds Fellowship. He completed his PhD in cellular and molecular biology in Germany, working with a fly model of vision, before joining Dalhousie’s Neuroscience Institute and Department of Psychology. As Reynolds Fellow, he studied fundamental mechanisms of human vision in the Retina and Optic Nerve Research Laboratory with Dr. Melanie Kelly.
Dr. Gabriel Bertolesi was a previous Reynolds fellow. He also worked in the Retina and Optic Nerve Research Laboratory, testing the effects of various drugs on the proliferation of retinal tumour cells. An Argentinian with a PhD in oncology, he came to Canada to further his studies in cancer cell biology.