Manitoban Diane Tshikudi “finest doctoral scholar in well being sciences” within the nation

Diane Tshikudi will thus represent Canada at the Lindau Conference in Germany, where she will present her research work to a panel made up of a dozen Nobel Prize winners.

it’s kinda amazing, she throws in the middle of two laughs. The first place in Canada after a very selective multi-step process at both provincial and national levels says it is Still… in shock.

At each stage, candidates must present and defend their projects before scientists and former recipients of the Gairdner Prize, awarded annually to five people whose work represents a concrete achievement in the field of medical science.

Diane Tshikudi (left) at the Lindau Award presentation at the Canadian Student Health Research Forum in Winnipeg.

Photo: University of Manitoba

Not only is PhD student Diane Tshikudi one of the five winners of this year’s Gairdner Prize, she also finishes first in subsequent rounds, earning her the Lindau Prize.

Thanks to this award, she will travel to Germany later, where she will have the opportunity to meet former Nobel Prize winners.

For a scientist to be associated with the Nobel Prize is something extraordinary.reacts Diane Tshikudi.

For her, the fact to be able to do research in Canada, graduate from a department at the University of Manitoba and represent Canada in Germany in front of the Nobel Prize is really great.

This gives us the opportunity to present our research to a wider audience and for renowned scientists, there are many chances that I can exchange my knowledge and learn from these people.she continues.

According to Professor Jean-Eric Ghia, who directs the work of the doctoral candidate at the Department of Immunology at the University of Manitoba, with this distinction, Diane Tshikudi can thus be considered the best doctoral candidate in health sciences in Canada.

I’m very proud of her! Not sure this will happen to our lab a second timehe wrote in an email.

Advanced research and treatment of inflammatory diseases

The doctoral student at the University of Manitoba is interested in inflammatory bowel diseases, the best known of which are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

According to her, studies revealed that chromogranin A is the molecule involved in the severity of ulcerative colitis in mice and that it was linked to the formation of ulcers.

My role is to assess the role of this molecule directly on the cells that cover the intestinal walls, where ulcers appear, and see if we can use this as a therapeutic target.explains Mrs. Tshikudi.

Other research has shown that Chromogranin A could play a role, I have to show the mechanisms of Chromogranin A in the severity or otherwise of disease in the intestinal walls.

A projection for the future

For those who are in the second year of their doctorate, it is not too early to think about future projects. If all goes well, she will finish her studies in 4 years with a focus on teaching.

After my studies I would like to become a teachershe said, smiling frankly.

She is also interested in pursuing postdoctoral studies in order to deepen her knowledge and make a greater contribution to present and future medical issues.

There are diseases like Crohn’s disease that used to affect only a small number, but the number is increasing now, […] being able to do research to find therapies for these diseases is one of the things I would like to do.

With information from Simon Deschamps

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