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Minister Hehr announces Banting and Vanier awards on campus

The Honourable Kent Hehr, minister of veteran affairs and associate minister of national defence, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, minister of science, announced nearly $2 million in support for 2015–16 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships recipients at the University of Calgary last week.

The awards, which are Canada’s highest awards for doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows, are part of the government’s $34.7-million commitment to attracting and retaining the best young doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in Canada and from around the world. The recipients’ specialties span health sciences, natural sciences and engineering, and social sciences and humanities. 

Minister Hehr then toured a lab in the Snyder Institute so he could see some of the work being done at the Cumming School of Medicine.

The Calvin, Phoebe and Joan Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases was named in 2008 in honour of Joan Snyder and her parents, who she credits for teaching her the value of philanthropy. It is a group of more than 104 clinicians, clinician-scientists and basic scientists who are impacting and changing the lives of people suffering from chronic diseases, including sepsis, MRSA, cystic fibrosis, type-1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. For more information on the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases, please visit us at or follow us on Twitter @SnyderInstitute.