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CWSF 2010 - Peterborough, Ontario

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Finding myself with nothing to do in the Summer of 2008, I decided to get involved in the rollercoaster experience that is research. What, with its climaxes and sudden drops, research may seem daunting to many, but it was the best decision I have ever made, and an experience that I will never forget. It allowed me to work with some of the most phenomenal people possible, fed my hunger for learning, and granted me access to awards, including winning the Linda Beynan Award and the Martin Willis Summer Scholarship, presented by the Heart and Stroke Foundation. As well as science, one of my passions is the outdoors, and I have been an enthusiastic volunteer with the scouting movement for over five years. Within school I was the Events Co-ordinator for Student Council as well as being a member of the H.O.P.E Team (Helping Other People Everywhere), Robotics Team, Go-Green Committee, and the Music Department, playing the saxophone, guitar, and vocals. Next year I plan on attending Carleton University's Neuroscience Programme, with the future ambition of becoming a Doctor and being actively involved in the Doctor's Without Borders Programme.

A-J Hutchings

The Efficacy of RA, PDGF, and BMP-4 to Instruct Adult NSPC Differentiation
City:Ottawa, ON
School:All Saints H.S.
Abstract:The discovery of Endogenous Neural Stem Cells (NSCs) shattered the long existing dogma of the absence of neurogenesis in the Central Nervous System; thus they are the front runner of neurological repair. In this project, the aim is to discover the practicality of differentiating these NSCs with a specific selection of factors to produce oligodendrocytes, astrocytes, and neurons to successfully harness the power of NSCs.

Awards Value
The Manning Innovation Achievement Award
Sponsor: Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation
The Manning Innovation Achievement Award
and $4000 Manning Young Canadian Innovation Award
Sponsor: Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation
$4 000.00
Honourable Mention - Health Sciences
Sponsor: Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Total$4 600.00