The Research Centre welcomes two new postgraduate students

The Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont Research Centre and the HMR Foundation are pleased to announce the recipients of the Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont Foundation Scholarship Program for PhD students: Eliza Eskafi Sabet from the University of Guilan in Iran and Hamed Heidari-Vala of the Avicenna Research Institute, also in Iran.

Eliza Eskafi Sabet will be joining the laboratory of Dr. Éric Milot, Immunology-Oncology Researcher at the HMR Research Centre. Her research focuses on acute inflammation, which is our immune system’s first response to infection caused by pathogens including bacteria. This “innate immune” response is produced by various hematopoietic cells, and requires precise control to combat pathogens. Indeed, a prolonged inflammatory response may lead to septicemia characterized by tissue and organ damage. Ms. Eskafi Sabet will generate new data on the regulation of mechanisms involved in regulating acute inflammation, which could lead to the development of new approaches to treat patients suffering from septicemia.

As for Hamed Heidari-Vala, he will be joining the laboratory of Dr. Puttaswamy Manjunath in order to study the role played by a family of seminal plasma proteins in the spermatozoa-egg interaction in humans and in mice. These experiments could lead to the identification of new factors impacting human fertility which, in turn, could lead to new diagnostic tests. Furthermore, these experiments could become a rational basis for the development of a new male contraceptive.

The Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont Foundation Scholarship Program helps raise worldwide awareness of the HMR Research Centre and helps recruit very high-level students. Congratulations and welcome to Eliza Eskafi Sabet and to Hamed Heidari-Vala, who will each receive an amount $20,000 from the HMR Foundation to pursue their research efforts.

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