More great news in a month that has already brought us great news!
Congratulations to Katie Rabicki on her successful M.Sc. defense!
Congratulation to Dr. Kristyn Leitch on obtaining a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship from The Arthritis Society!
Finally, the Beier lab was successful in CIHR's inaugural 'Foundation' competition and has secured stable funding until 2022. Thanks to all lab members, alumni and collaborators for their efforts to get us into that position.
It's been a while since the last update and a lot has happened since.
Firstly, we are grateful for a 3-year grant (2015-2018) from The Arthritis Society to study “PPARdelta as therapeutic target in osteoarthritis”.
We would like to welcome our summer students Sarah Sloan, Bailey Russell, Sami Khan and Ermina Hadzic.
Congratulations to our students Mike Pest and Anusha Ratneswaran for being invited to and attending the Candian Student Health Research Forum in Winnipeg. Anusha comes home with a CIHR Gold Award for her poster presentation at the event.
Congratulations to Anusha, Mike and Katie Rabicki who won numerous awards at the recent London Health Research Day.
Anusha was awarded the 1st place Lucille & Norton Wolfe London Health Research Day Trainee Publication Award and 1st place in her platform presentation group.
Mike was awarded the 3rd place Lucille & Norton Wolfe London Health Research Day Trainee Publication Award and 2nd place in his platform presentation group.
Katie won the award for the Endocrinology & Metabolism, Population Health, Education, Fetal-Maternal, Family Development and Aging poster category and tied for 4th place in the poster Student Choice Awards.
More great news for Anusha, who was awarded the Earl Russell Training Grant in Pain Research.
Representing the research community at this year's Arthritis Society Walk to Fight Arthritis, Team Bernier raised the highest amount in London at a grand total of $12 024! As agreed at the beginning of our fundraising, our own Dr. Frank Beier dyed his hair an appropriate Western pride shade of purple. Great job guys! Check out this news article from the Physiology and Pharmacology department here.
Welcome to our newest PhD student, Melina Bellini, who joined us from Brazil with a 'Science without Borders' Scholarship. And welcome back to Anusha Ratneswaran who spent 3 months in Mandy Fosang's lab in melbourne, Australia.
Congrats to our honorary lab member Matt McCann (primary supervisor Dr. Cheryle Seguin) for the successful defense of his PhD. Way to go, Dr. McCann!
Lots of good news for our graduate students at the Physiology and Pharmacology Research Day. Mike Pest won the Hari and Gudrun Sharma Scholarship for continuing PhD Students, Katie Rabicki won the George W. Stavraky Teaching Scholarship, and Margaret Sun and Paxton Moon won Poster Awards! Congratulations!
Congratulations to Anusha Ratneswaran for obtaining a three year Doctoral Award from The Arthritis Society/Canadian Arthritis Network!!
The Beier lab, and others in the Skeletal Biology Laboratories, formed 'Team Bernier' in memory of Dr. Suzanne Bernier for the Walk to Fight Arthritis and raised over $4,000! Thanks to Anusha for organizing the team!
Welcome to our summer students: Bailey Russell (supported by a CIHR/IMHA summer studentship), Carley Ort (supported by a JuMP summer studentship), Cassandra Spyridis and Adam Ropchan (both supported by SRTP studentships).
Welcome to our new graduate students: Margaret Sun will work on the role of LXR signaling in cartilage development and osteoarthritis, and Katie Rabicki will study CTCF function in hypertrophic chondrocytes.
Mike Pest was selected for oral presentations at both the Cartilage Gordon Conference in Switzerland and at the Canadian Connective Tissue Conference in Montreal.
Congratulations to Anusha Ratneswaran (Left) who won poster awards at both the London Health Research Day and the Canadian Connective Tissue Conference in Montreal.
Congratulations to Lauren Solomon who is the 2013 winner of the Suzanne Bernier Memorial Award in Skeletal Biology!
Anusha Ratneswaran, Sara Ohora, Mike Pest, Hang Fang, Paxton Moon and Frank Beier attended the 2013 OARSI conference in Philadelphia.
Frank Beier was elected as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) for 2013 - 2017 and as Co-Chair of the Cartilage Gordon Conference for 2017.
Congratulations to Paxton Moon for obtaining a CIHR MD/PhD studentship!
Happy New Year from everyone in the Beier lab!
The Beier lab celebrating all our winners.
The Beier lab congratulates Ryan Gillespie for successfully defending his PhD. thesis. He presented his research on "The role of glycogen synthase kinase 3 beta in skeletal development". Ryan has been an exemplary graduate student in the Beier lab, holding many awards for his research and teaching. Congratulations Ryan!
Dr. Frank Beier and Dr. Ryan Gillespie celebrate with the Goblet of Knowledge
Congratulations to Shirine Usmani for successfully defending her PhD. thesis on "The role of transforming growth factor alpha in osteoarthritis and skeletal development". She will continue her studies in the Md/PhD program at Western University. Shirine has been a valuable asset in the Beier lab for many years, and we have all benefitted from all her hard work in the lab.
Shirine flawlessly presents her PhD public lecture
Shirine celebrates with Dr. Beier and the Goblet of Knowledge
Congratulations to former Beier Lab member Dr. Veronica Ullici, for being awarded a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship for her work at the University of Pittsburgh.
Congratulations to Dr. Jason Bush, who has been awarded a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship. His project concerns "CTCF-Dependent Epigenetic Regulation of Chondrocyte Development".
The Beier Lab at Cold Spring Harbour Asia
PhD Candidate Lauren Solomon presents her work at the Cold Spring Harbour Asia conference on Bone and Cartilage: from Development to Human Diseases.
The conference was held in Souzhou, China and covered the latest findings across many topics in skeletal biology.
Dr. Beier was an invited speaker, discussing "The TGFa-EGFR pathway in posttraumatic and aging-associated osteoarthritis".
Welcome back Dr. Beier!
Dr. Frank Beier with former visiting Professor Gunwoo Kim in South Korea. (Investigating a new lab dress code perhaps?)
Dr. Suzanne Bernier Memorial Award
Congratulations to Matt McCann, who recieved the 5th annual Dr. Suzanne Bernier Memorial Award in Skeletal Biology. Matt presented his research on intervertebral disc development prior to the keynote talk by Dr. Lynda Bonewald.
He is the fourth member of our lab to receive this distinction.
Matt McCann receiving the 5th annual Dr. Suzanne Bernier Memorial Award
Congratulations to Mike Pest for earning a Banting and Best Canada Graduate scholarship from CIHR, and Anusha Ratneswaran for being awarded the JuMP Graduate Student award. You both deserve recognition for all your hard work!
Congratuations to Matt McCann for being awarded second place at Lawson Health Research Day for his platform presentation "Acute vibration induces transient expression of anabolic genes in the intervertebral disc in a frequency dependant manner".
Way to go Matt!