Vote for Bold Idea, Revolutionize World Health

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Each year, the not-for-profit Grand Challenges Canada gives $100,000 (and possibly as much as $1-million) to a “Rising Star” who has a big, bold idea for improving global health. Last year’s Rising Star was actually two stars: research power couple Dr. Nitika Pant Pai and Dr. Madhukar Pai. The McGill/MUHC investigators have been striving to improve the health and well-being of millions of people affected by HIV and tuberculosis.

Now, the burning question: Who will be the 2012 Rising Star? Well, it could be one of five McGill researchers.  And you can help by watching, and giving the digital thumbs-up to, their video descriptions of their big ideas:

  • Philippe Archambault (Physical & Occupational Therapy) : A low-cost, home-based video game system to help people recover from hand and arm disabilities.
  • James Ford (Geography) : Using digital tools to preserve and promote indigenous knowledge about climate change.
  • Kirsten Johnson (Family Medicine) : Using smartphone multimedia learning modules to advance and standardize humanitarian training.
  • David Juncker (Biomedical Engineering): How yarn (yes, yarn) can be turned into a low-cost rapid diagnostic test for multiple infectious diseases.
  • Hanna Kienzler (Psychiatry) : Reducing the strength of traumatic memories using “reconsolidation blockade.”

Voting closes on May 31, 2012—so don’t dillydally.


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