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CWSF 2012 - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

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Sujay Nagaraj is currently in grade 10 at Western Canada High School's IB program. Apart from academics, Sujay is actively involved in Speech, Model U.N., and Debate. Sujay plays the alto-saxophone in his school's band program and plans to further his passion in music throughout his high school life. Sujay has participated in regional science fairs for five years now and was given the privilege of attending the 2011 CWSF in Toronto where he was awarded a gold medal. For this year's project, he worked at a laboratory at the University of Calgary to identify novel chemo-therapeutic agents for the treatment of aggressive pediatric brain tumors. His research allows him to channel his passion for medicine into an academic stream. Sujay believes that research, especially at the youth level, is pivotal in the process of making discoveries as well as benefiting society as a whole. He plans to pursue a career in medicine in the future.

Sujay Nagaraj

Finding Cures for Childhood Brain Tumors
Region:Calgary Youth
City:Calgary, AB
School:Western Canada Senior High School
Abstract:AT/RT is a rare and aggressive childhood brain tumor. This study investigated the potential of the novel drug mefloquine to eradicate AT/RT cells. Mefloquine induced cell death through apoptotic pathways and modulated several key intrinsic proteins. Synergy was also shown to exist between mefloquine and other chemotherapeutic agents. This study adds much needed research into the field and allows for specific protein targets in treatment.

Awards Value
Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science Award
Sponsor: Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science
Excellence Award - Intermediate
Silver Medal
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
Western University Scholarship
Silver Medallist - $2000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Western University
$2 000.00
Total$3 450.00