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Ted Paranjothy

Location: Winnipeg, MB

Award: Young Canadians

Category:

Year: 2006

Innovation:

Novel Tumour-Specific Apoptosis-Inducing Peptide Derivatives

News Release

Manitoba's Ted Paranjothy earns major Manning Award at Canada-wide science fair

SAGUENAY, QC — (May 19, 2006) Ted Paranjothy, Grade 11 student at Fort Richmond Collegiate in Winnipeg was recognized today with both a Manning Innovation Achievement Award and a Manning Young Canadian Innovation Award for his cancer-related research project at the Canada-Wide Science Fair.

Ted's project, "Novel Tumour-Specific Apoptosis-Inducing Derivatives of Apoptin" demonstrated that peptide derivatives of apoptin, a small amino acid protein extracted from the chicken anemia virus, can be used to induce programmed cell death in cancer cells without harming healthy, normal cells. He demonstrated that smaller peptide fragments of apotin can be effective, thus opening the door to future research with this anti-cancer agent.

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 who compete in regional science fairs held in over 100 communities across Canada in grades 7 to 12. The fair concludes Saturday at the University of Québec at Chicoutimi campus.

In addition to the $500 Innovation Achievement Award and the $4000 Young Canadian Innovation Award, Ted will be included in the national Manning Awards ceremonies, held September 29th in Calgary. He was also awarded a silver medal in the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Sciences division.

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