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Each year, the Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair (BASEF) provides a forum for students in grades 7 through 12 to develop their skills in the sciences. Representing the City of Hamilton and the Halton municipality, over 400 students from our local community participate in the fair every year.

Our Research Institute sponsors two health research awards for student projects that focus on exploring or solving problems related to human health issues.

We would like to extend our congratulations to the two recipients of the Research Institute of St. Joe’s Hamilton: Health Research Award – Anika Gupta and Julia Dobrovolskis.

Anika’s project looked at the effects of pesticides on the brain to determine if commonly-used pesticides can be linked to the development of neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s. By analyzing dopamine responses in worms, Anika’s project suggested that pesticides may indeed have an effect on neurodegenerative disorders.

Julia’s project analyzed heavy metal contamination of honey. She found that commercially-produced honey had higher levels of heavy metal content as opposed to local, organically-sourced honey.

By engaging in health research in order to answer the questions that they want to solve, students like Anika and Julia inspire our research community with their tremendous knowledge, insight and passion for inquiry.

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