Poster awards are an important and valued part of the ICORD Annual Research Meeting.
The ICORD Trainee Award is for the best poster presented by an ICORD trainee at the Masters Student level.
The Aaron Moser Award goes to the best poster presented by an ICORD trainee at the Doctoral Student level. This award is named for Aaron Moser. In 1988, while playing hockey for the Nanaimo Clippers, Aaron was checked from behind into the boards and suffered a broken neck, severing his spinal cord and leaving him with no movement from the neck down. After his injury, his teammates and friends set up a trust fund to raise money for the equipment, supplies, renovations, and other expenses he would have during his rehabilitation. The Aaron Moser Spinal Cord Injury Foundation was started with the remaining funds. The sole purpose of this foundation is to raise money toward spinal cord research and, ultimately, to find a cure for paralysis.
The Gordon Hiebert Award is presented for the best poster by an ICORD trainee at the Postdoctoral Fellow or Resident level. This award is named in memory of former ICORD trainee, Dr Gordon Hiebert. Gord came to ICORD in 1996, after completing a PhD with Dr. Keir Pearson at the University of Alberta where he studied the electrophysiological mechanisms of locomotion. Gord chose to come to ICORD for his postdoctoral training, joining the labs of Drs. Wolfram Tetzlaff and John Steeves to broaden his knowledge base by studying the molecular mechanisms of spinal cord regeneration. In 2001, Gord left for Saskatoon and later Edmonton to combine his molecular and electrophysiological skills to better understand SCI-induced plasticity in spared motor systems. On May 26, 2004, SCI research lost a friend and colleague when Gord passed away at the age of 36 following a battle with cancer. Along with his significant scientific contributions, Gord will be remembered as a friend to all who knew him.
Jacqueline Cragg (Ramer Lab) and Colin Russell (OIBL) tied for the ICORD Prize for best poster by an ICORD Trainee at the Masters Level.
Peggy Assinck (Tetzlaff Lab) won the Aaron Moser prize for best poster by an ICORD Trainee at the PhD level.
Antoinette Domingo (Lam Lab) and Jose Zariffa (Steeves Lab) tied for the Gordon Hiebert Prize for best poster by an ICORD Trainee at the Post-doc level.
Special mention goes to Jessica Inskip (Claydon Lab) for her beautifully designed poster. There is no actual prize for this, but good design is rewarding in itself.