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Sami Obaïd

Location: Laval, QC

Award: Young Canadians

Category:

Year: 2006

Innovation:

Renaissance de neurone!

News Release

Quebec's Sami Obaïd earns Manning Award at Canada-wide science fair

SAGUENAY, QC — (May 19, 2006) Sami Obaïd, a grade 12 student from Laval, was awarded both a Manning Innovation Achievement Award and a Manning Young Canadian Innovation Award. Sami's project, "Renaissance du neurone!" researched the neurons affected by Parkinson's disease. He has pioneered a new approach that replaces degenerated dopamine neurons by "rebirthing" new neurons that will help fight the effects of the disease.

The Canada Wide Science Fair is a week-long national event that brings together over 455 students and 369 projects. Those who qualify have distinguished themselves from amongst the approximately 25,000 young Canadians, grades 7 to 12, who compete in regional science fairs held in over 100 communities across Canada. The fair concludes Saturday at the University of Québec at Chicoutimi (UQAC) campus.

In addition to the Manning Award, Sami's work was recognized with a number of other awards, including the Silver medal in the Health Sciences division, the Peter W. Newman Award, the Petro-Canada Peer Innovation Award and an $8000 University of Ottawa Undergraduate Research Scholarship. He will also participate in the national Manning Awards to be held September 29th in Calgary. This is the 15th year that the Manning Awards Foundation has supported the Canada Wide Science Fair, recognizing the innovations of more than 75 bright minds at the high school level.

CONTACT:
Bruce Fenwick, Executive Director, Manning Awards
403-645-8277

Laura William, Youth Science Foundation Canada
416-895-3276.