SJSH Students Heading to Nationals

SJSH Students Heading to Nationals

Mia Hubert & Leah Davis did a meta-analysis of the literature to ameliorate nutritional intake in dementia patients.  The group developed a kit that would help not only those with dementia, but also anyone with very poor vision, be able to better see their food, and therefore increase their nutritional intake.  Mia and Leah won gold in Biotechnology as well as the Rotary Club of North Bay Deserving Community Project. 

David Moore & Hanna Schaefer looked at shortening telomeres with anti-sense oligonucleotides.  They used a model protist organism to show that they could shorten telomeres by inhibiting reverse transcriptase.  This has future applications into cancer research because in cancer cells, telomeres are continuously extended.  This research won gold in Life Sciences as well as the TransCanada science fair award, which gives them the honour of representing SJSH at the Canada Wide Science Fair.

Stephanie Wu & Matthew McParland did research into iron supplements.  They noted in the literature that certain levels of iron may be detrimental to pregnant women. They used fruit flies as a model organism to show that at low levels of iron, the timing of births changed, and at high levels, the number of births dramatically decreased.  They are continuing their studies with a study on fruit fly longevity with varying concentrations of iron.  The team received a silver in Life Sciences, the Lalonde Family Award in Biology and Medicine Award, as well as the Rotary club of North Bay award of excellence, which also earned them the honour of representing SJSH at the Canada Wide Science Fair.