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CWSF 2012 - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

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Diana - I am from Korea and I attend Old Scona Academic High School. My two loves are biology and French. I first was introduced to the world of research through the Heritage Youth Researcher Summer program, and have also participated in the Gene Researcher for a Week program. I plan on continuing my research endeavours throughout my academic career, and would like to pursue an MD/PhD.
Neesha - Hi, my name is Neesha! I am currently in grade 11, attending Lillian Osborne High School where i am enrolled in the IB program. I am a person who enjoys playing the piano and I have a passion for swimming. I am a member of my school's swim team and have been in competitive swimming for the past 4 years. Last summer, I did research within the Persad laboratory, preforming very fascinating experiments, and this is where i got my inspiration to do this project. I really hope to continue doing summer research, as it is an excellent way to spend your summer, looking at research topics that interest you! It is truly engaging experience that I hope to continue!

Diana Bark, Neesha Persad

Pounding Cancer with PTEN
City:Edmonton, AB, Edmonton , AB
School:Old Scona School, Lillian Osborne High School
Abstract:Increased levels of the oncoprotein, beta-catenin, promotes tumor cell metastasis. In melanoma, PTEN, a tumour suppressor and negative regulator of the PI3K pathway, is inactive or lost. We have determined that the re-introduction of PTEN to metastatic melanoma cells decreased active beta-catenin levels, and reduced the migratory and invasive potential of these cells. This investigation elucidated the putative mechanisms underlying metastatic melanoma. 

Awards Value
The Manning Innovation Achievement Award
Sponsor: Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation
Excellence Award - Senior
Gold Medal
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
$1 500.00
Dalhousie University Faculty of Science Entrance Scholarship
Senior Gold Medallist - $5000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Dalhousie University, Faculty of Science
$5 000.00
UBC Science (Vancouver) Entrance Award
Senior Gold Medallist - $4000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: The University of British Columbia (Vancouver)
$4 000.00
University of Manitoba Entrance Scholarship
Senior Gold Medallist - $5000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Manitoba
$5 000.00
University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship
Senior Gold Medallist - $4,000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Ottawa
$4 000.00
Western University Scholarship
Gold Medallist - $4000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Western University
$4 000.00
Total$24 000.00