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CWSF 2013 - Lethbridge, Alberta

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My name is Janice Pang, and I’m currently in grade 9. In school, I actively take part in the grade 9 advisory council and is a member of the volleyball team. Outside of school, I enjoy going curling and competing in the Optimist Junior Curling League. Previously, I have participated in the 2012 Canada-Wide Science Fair. This year microbiology continues to be an interest of mine. To have the opportunity to continue conducting experiments in a research lab was amazing. The passion I had for learning about the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes had inspired me to do this project. In the future, I hope to continue researching about type 2 diabetes. As well, if students are thinking about doing a project, starting early will be the key to success.

Janice Pang

Inflammation in Pancreatic Islets: Contribution of Islet Macrophages
Region:Greater Vancouver
City:Coquitlam, BC
School:Pinetree Secondary School
Abstract:Pancreatic islets were treated with IAPP to identify whether IAPP activates caspase-1 in pancreatic islets. The effects of islet macrophages on insulin secretion and production was also investigated. This study provides a better understanding of the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes and suggest a therapeutic treatment in which the stimulus of inflammation can be targeted, to improve insulin secretion and beta cell function.

Awards Value
Statistical Society of Canada and Biostatistics Section Award
Sponsor: Statistical Society of Canada and Biostatistics Section
Challenge Award - Health
Sponsor: Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Excellence Award - Intermediate
Gold Medal
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
Western University Scholarship
Gold Medallist - $4000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Western University
$4 000.00
Total$6 200.00