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McMaster grad student working to improve drug policy wins Trudeau scholarship

Published: June 10, 2015
Avram Denburg
Avram Denburg, a pediatric oncologist and graduate of McMaster's medical program, has received a doctoral scholarship from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.

A McMaster PhD student in health policy has received a prestigious doctoral scholarship from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.

Avram Denburg, a graduate of McMaster's medical program and currently a pediatric oncologist at SickKids Hospital in Toronto, is one of 16 Trudeau scholars from across the country announced today.

The scholars are recognized as exceptional Canadian students who have distinguished themselves through academic excellence, civic engagement, and a commitment to reaching beyond academic circles to apply their knowledge and skills to pressing Canadian and global issues.

Denburg is working to construct a more coherent decision-making framework, informed by public values, for funding new cancer drugs for children in Canada.

"Support from the Trudeau Foundation will enable me to dig deep into my doctoral research on pharmaceutical policy for children," said Denburg. "More important still, it will connect me to a network of Canadian academics, policymakers and leaders engaged in building bridges between research and policy.

"The opportunities for one's research to make a real-world difference in this environment are profoundly exciting."

Recipients of the Trudeau doctoral scholarship will receive $60,000 annually over three years to work with a community of scholars, mentors and fellows to accelerate their professional growth. The foundation, established as a memorial to the former prime minister, has awarded 187 scholarships since 2003.

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