2012 Thesis Defences

The final schedule for the 2012 thesis defences is given below.  Defences are open to all members of the University community, including students enrolled in the course, who are expected to attend all presentations.  Students will give a twenty minute presentation on their thesis work and answer questions from the examining committee and others.

Presentations must be delivered to Karen Haines (LSB-215) before 4:30 pm on Thursday, March 1, 2012.


Saturday, March 3, 2012 - HSC-1A3



Time Student Thesis Title  Supervisor  Institution
09:00 Alana Heffernan Mechanism by which T-cell death associated gene 51 (TDAG51) induces apoptosis. R. Austin McMaster University
09:45 Anam Irshad The development of the endothelial colony forming cell (ECFC) culture technique as a reproducible assay to assess vessel formation. R. Sehmi Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health
10:30 Ashlie Altman Changes in physical function and joint pain are associated with longitudinal quadriceps muscle and intermuscular fat volume. Changes in the thighs of women in the Osteoarthritis initiative. K. Beattie McMaster University
11:15 Bessie Wat The effects of four seeds (salba, poppy, sesame and flax) on postprandial glycemia, vascular measures, appetite and sensory parameters. V. Vuksan St. Michael's Hospital
12:00 LUNCH
13:00 Cory McCurry The effect of bacterial and viral exacerbation in a cigarette smoke exposure mouse model of COPD using ventilation and perfusion imaging as a measure of lung function. R. Labiris McMaster University
13:45 Kimmy Fung Provincial oncology drug funding in Canada: Impact of the incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) on decision making. B. Kuriakose Janssen Inc.
14:30 Zane Qureshi Inducing anergy in allergic human CD4+ T-cells mediates its CCR4+ expression in-vitro. M. Larche McMaster University
15:15 BREAK
15:45 Mustafa Ahmadzai Characterizing K+ channel conductances in bovine intrathoracic lymphatic smooth muscle cells. L.J. Janssen McMaster University
16:30 Zahra Akbar Communication of Health Economic Evaluations: Deciphering the barriers to use and understanding of economic evaluations to facilitate better communication strategies.

*S. Sullivan

*M. Sabharwal

**C. Bell

*pan Canadian Oncology Drug Review

**University of Toronto

17:15 Racquel Jandoc Measuring the effectiveness of Health Canada issued/endorsed dear health care professional letters using an interrupted time series analysis study method. S. Reid Health Canada

Sunday, March 4, 2012 - HSC-1A3



9:00 Ryan Lee Crawford Inhibition of fibrinolytic factor plasmin by covalent Antithrombin-Heparin complex (ATH) and Antithrombin + Heparin. A.K.C. Chan McMaster University
9:45 Sara Hennessy An examination of breast cancer laterality and comparisons of breast tissue composition. N. Boyd Princess Margaret Hospital
10:30 Sarah Higgins Development of a suite of biomarkers in Lasmigona costata. Prospects for efficient, cost effective environmental monitoring in the Grand River. P. Gillis Environment Canada
11:15 Sitao Ye Elucidating the role of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor in the ability of cigarette smoke to skew host response to infection. M. Stampfli McMaster University
12:00 LUNCH
13:00 Tania Mehta The role of regulatory T cells in the regulation of HDM-induced allergic responses in adults versus neonates. M. Jordana McMaster University
13:45  Nilien Leon Pathogenisis in Alzheimer’s disease: Uncovering the involvement of the TRPM2 channel an associated proteins. M. Jackson University of Toronto
14:30 Vinidhra Vaitheeswaran The effect of Hydroxyurea-induced oxidative stress on heat shock protein 86 expression and localization in mouse embryos. B. Hales McGill University
15:15  BREAK
15:45 Philip Choi Risk assessment on Para-phenylenediamine in hair dye cosmetic products. J. Field Health Canada
16:30 Matthew Lee Critical assessment of the cost-effectiveness literature on advanced practice nurses (APNs) and development of a framework for future economic evaluations of APN roles. D.A. Marshall University of Calgary
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