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October 9, 2016. Justin receives Jeremy Nesheim Graduate Travel Award

Justin receives a competitive travel award to analyze the expression of candidate imprinted genes in the Tuschl laboratory at The Rockefeller University.

September 8, 2016. Mona receives Teaching Assistant Award for 2nd Year Synthetic Laboratory

Mona recognized for her commitment to educating undergraduate students and her skills in preparation and presentation of subjects in the Department of Chemistry.

September 7, 2016. Clinical Research Seminar, The Rockefeller University

Neil presents “Improving clinical practice through microRNA-guided diagnostics” to an audience of expert translational researchers. Neil also meets with Dr. Barry Coller, Dr. Sarah Schlesinger, and the current members of the Clinical Scholars Program. Many thanks to Dr. Gadi Lalazar (Laboratory of Cellular Biophysics) for the kind invitation.

August 2, 2016. Toronto RNA Enthusiasts Day, Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto

Neil, Dakota, and Shane attend the inaugural Toronto RNA Enthusiasts Day, a wonderful initiative by Julie Claycomb’s laboratory.

June 23, 2016. Conference Presentation, North-Eastern Federal University

Neil provides a recorded presentation titled “Investigating Sakha neurological diseases through classical clinical and advanced molecular approaches” at the 5th International Scientific Conference on Viliuisk Encephalomyelitis and Other Neurodegenerative Disorders, North-Eastern Federal University, Republic of Sakha, The Russian Federation.

June 9, 2016. Shane receives Governor General’s Academic Silver Medal

Since matriculating at Queen’s, Shane has maintained a phenomenal academic record, winning multiple university awards including this year’s Governor General’s Academic Silver Medal! A remarkable effort!

June 6, 2016. Dakota accepted to MSc Program at the University of Toronto

A budding clinician scientist, we were thrilled to hear that Dakota is extending his miRNA studies in Jason Fish’s laboratory, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto.

May 11, 2016. Lab lunch

To celebrate a successful academic year, the Renwick lab heads to Tango Nuevo for excellent tapas and a competitive chardonnay. Dr. Charlie Hindmarch from the Center of Neuroscience Studies kindly joins the festivities.

May 10, 2016. Bryony accepted to the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Western Ontario

Bryony caps her excellent Path 499 performance with a successful application to one of Canada’s leading medical schools.

May 3, 2016. High School Student Outreach Program, Queen’s University

Neil presents “Prion discovery and biology” using knowledge gained by osmosis while sharing an office with Dr. D. Carleton Gajdusek at the University of Amsterdam from 1998 to 2001! Many thanks to Mackenzie Bowman for the kind invitation!

March 23, 2016. PATH 310 Lecture, Queen’s University

Neil presents “Prion discovery and biology” to undergraduate students in the Life Sciences program.

Feburary 22, 2016. BCHM411/BMED811

Neil presents “Advances in miRNA detection and profiling” to undergraduate students in the Biochemistry and Life Sciences Programs.

February 12, 2016. Multiplexed intact-tissue transcriptional analysis at cellular resolution

Our EDC fixation approach for retaining small and large RNAs is successfully coupled to CLARITY; http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0092867416300526.

January 19, 2016. DPMM Seminar, Queen’s University

Neil presents “Analyzing post-transcriptional gene regulation in health and disease” to the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine. 

January 12, 2016. DBMS Plenary Lecture, Queen’s University

Neil presents “Analyzing post-transcriptional gene regulation in health and disease” to the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences. Many thanks to Prof. Anne Croy and Dr. Nader Ghasemlou for their kind invitation! 

November 20, 2015. PATH 425 Lecture, Queen’s University

Neil presents “Post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression” to undergraduate students in the Life Sciences program.

October 30, 2015. Gairdner Symposium. RNA Biology and The New Genetics, University of Toronto

Neil, Dakota, and Shane attend the Gairdner Symposium on “RNA Biology and the New Genetics” featuring several world-renowned RNA biologists.

October 23, 2015. PATH 822 Lecture, Queen’s University

Neil presents “Small RNA therapeutics” to graduate students in the Experimental Cancer Therapeutics course.

October 3, 2015. PATH 310 Lecture, Queen’s University

Neil presents “Prion discovery and biology” to undergraduate students in the Life Sciences program.

October 3, 2015. PATH 425 Lecture, Queen’s University

Neil presents “Post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression” to undergraduate students in the Life Sciences program. Class exceeds expectations by accurately performing an interpretive dance on micoRNA processing on short notice following the lecture. 

2015. Dr. Lev Goldfarb joins the Renwick Laboratory, Queen’s University

Lev is a world-renowned neurogeneticist who has kindly agreed to join our laboratory as a guest investigator due to our shared interest in the enigmatic neurodegenerative diseases of the Yakut people of Eastern Siberia. We are also excited to have this opportunity to continue our work with Drs. Fyodor Platonov, Dr. Vsevelod Vladimirtsev, Dr. Nadezhda Maksimova, Dr. Tatiana Nikolaeva and our many colleagues at the North-Eastern Federal University in the Sakha Republic.

July-Aug 2015. Shane and Dakota visit the Tuschl Laboratory, The Rockefeller University

Shane and Dakota visit the HMMI_Laboratory of RNA Molecular Biology to hone their skills in RNA curation and RNA FISH. Many thanks to Dr. Tuschl and lab members for being excellent hosts!

June 2015. Tiandra accepted to the School of Medicine, McMaster University

Tiandra sets a high standard after being accepted into the McMaster MD program as a third year life sciences student!

June 26, 2015. Tiny RNAs, big data

http://www.queensu.ca/gazette/stories/tiny-molecules-big-data
Neil discusses his research program with Mary Anne Beaudette from the Queen’s Gazette.

May 29-31, 2015. CIHR New Investigator Forum, Lac Delage, Quebec

http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/49288.html
Neil participates in the highly informative CIHR New Investigator Forum, learning about the opportunities and challenges for new investigators in Canada. Many thanks to CIHR for hosting this helpful event! 

May 27, 2015. SEAMO Innovation Showcase, Kingston

Neil describes his research initiative in translational RNA biology to the medical research community at Queen’s University/Kingston General and Hotel Dieu Hospitals.

May 5, 2015. High School Student Outreach Program, Queen’s University

Neil presents on “Prion discovery and biology” using knowledge gained by osmosis while sharing an office with Dr. D. Carleton Gajdusek at the University of Amsterdam from 1998 to 2001! Many thanks to Mackenzie Bowman for the kind invitation!

April 28, 2015. Renwick Lab receives SEAMO Innovation Funding

Many thanks to the Innovation Fund Provincial Oversight Committee for funding our research on “Optimizing cancer care through maximally informative molecular diagnostics.”

June 1-2, 2015. CCSRI Junior Investigator Grant Panel Travel Award, Toronto

Many thanks to the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute for the wonderful opportunity to see the grant review process in person! Highly educational and highly recommended!

Feb 2, 2015. QATMB Seminar, Queen’s University

Neil presents “miRNA-based diagnostics: profiling and visualizing miRNAs in disease tissues” to members of the Queen’s Association for Technology in Medicine and Biology. Many thanks to Shane Mooney for the kind invitation! 

Jan 20, 2015. Cutting-edge technology comes to Queen’s

http://www.queensu.ca/gazette/stories/cutting-edge-technology-comes-queens
Neil discusses his recent Canada Foundation for Innovation John R. Evans Leaders Fund success with Anne Craig from the Queen’s Gazette.

Jan 2, 2015. Dr. Xiaojing Yang joins the Renwick lab as Research Associate

Xiaojing is a highly experienced physician and cell biologist with postdoctoral training in signal transduction pathways (Southwestern Medical Center, University of Texas) and structure and functional studies of recombinant proteins (Queen’s University). It is a great pleasure to welcome Xiaojing to our laboratory.

Oct 14, 2014. GIDRU Seminar, Queen’s University

Neil presents “miRNA-based diagnostics” to the Gastrointestinal Disease Research Unit, Queen’s University. Many thanks to Drs. Nick Dymint and Michael Blennerhasset for their kind welcome to Queen’s!

July 3, 2014. Neil arrives at Queen’s University!

Many thanks to the Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Association and Queen’s University for this terrific opportunity to establish myself as an independent clinician scientist!