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Award supporting next generation of medical professionals

January 27, 2016 Nick Ostan had a choice to make. The University of Toronto was pursuing the up=and-coming young researcher. So was Queen’s, where he’d graduated this may with a specialized BSc honors degree in biochemistry. But the University of Calgary had an opportunity that was too good to refuse for the first year MSc student in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases. Ostan has been given the chance to dive head first into a research project at UCalgary that will ultimately offer public access to vaccines which could eradicate diseases such as meningitis.  more →

World Health Organizations

January 15, 2016 Snyder Institute researcher joins World Health Organizations essentials medicine committee. more →


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.