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Zac Baum receives the 2017-18 Queen's Academic Excellence Award

Please join me in applauding Zac Baum, 4th year BMCO undergraduate in the Perk Lab, who has been selected as a recipient of the 2017-18 Academic Excellence Award from the Queen's School of Graduate Studies. This prestigious award recognizes excellence and research potential of applicants who will begin their Master’s studies at Queen’s in 2017-18. The award is valued at $15,000 to support Zac in the his  first year of graduate study.

Continuing generosity of our Manju Anand

Present and former Perk Lab undergrads:

Please join me in thanking Manjunath Anand, Perk Lab alumnus, for his continued support to you through the "Perk Lab Undergraduate Research Fund" that he established three years ago. Manju has been providing an annual cash donation that we use for undergraduate conference travel.

I was immensely delighted to inform Manju that this year you submitted nine (9!) first-authored undergrad papers to SPIE 2017 – thus making sure that his generosity continues to be well used.

Emily Heffernan named as 2016 Google Lime Scholar

Emily Heffernan, undergraduate researcher in the Perk Lab, was selected as a 2016 Google Lime Scholar. This is one of the most prestigious distinctions Google bestows on undergraduate students; each year only a dozen are selected for this award from North America - typically from Ivy-league universities.  Besides celebrations and lots of fun activities, Google Lime Scholars will also retreat to Mountain View in June 19th – 22nd. I hope Emily will be posting frequently on Facebook!

Aidan Baksh, Leahurst College intern, wins Gold Medal at the regional Science Fair

Aidan Baksh wins Gold Medal at the regional Science Fair 

Congratulations to Aidan Baksh, high school intern from Leahurst College (, who won the Gold Medal in his division today at the Science Fair and he also took the Silver Medal overall - out of 284 participants. Aidan will next take his project to the Canada-wide competition to be held in Montreal.  


Amani Ibrahim wins "grand prize" at ImNO 2016

The Perk Lab did superbly at the annual meeting of Imaging Network of Ontario (ImNO). Amani Ibrahim received the "grand prize", i.e. best oral presentation award, Maggie Hess received the Best Poster Award of the OCAIRO Consortium, and Perk Lab researchers received six abstract awards. The total tally is the following:

Best Oral Presentation Award:  Amani Ibrahim

Best Poster Award of the OCAIRO Consortium: Margaret (Maggie) Hess

Maggie Hess receives 2nd Place Poster Award at SPIE Medical Imaging 2016

Maggie Hess received the 2nd Place Poster Award at SPIE Medical Imaging 2016 in the  Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling conference. Her paper was "Visual design and verification tool for collision-free dexterous patient specific neurosurgical instruments", authors M. Hess, K. Eastwood, B. Linder, V. Bodani, A. Lasso, T. Looi, G. Fichtinger, J. Drake, in collaboration between the Perk Lab and the Centre for Image Guided Innovation and Therapeutic Intervention at the Hospital for Sick Kids, Toronto, Canada.

Maggie, onto the next one !! 



Christina Yan and Vinyas Harish received SPIE Travel Fellowship

Christina Yan and Vinyas Harish received SPIE Travel Fellowship to the SPIE Medical Imaging 2016 conference to be held in 27 February - 3 March 2016, San Diego, USA.

They will present their papers authored as summer research students at Perk Lab in the summer of 2015.

SPIE Medical Imaging is one of the largest conferences in medical image computing and computer-assisted interventions; 8-10 page long papers are archived in the SPIE Digital Library.

Congrats Christina and Vinyas - onto the next one!