Lay Science Writing Competition winner: A story worth telling
Thursday, February 20, 2020 Dr. Geraldine Walsh
After the success of last year’s inaugural Canadian Blood Services’ Lay Science Writing Competition, we couldn’t wait to do it again!
The Centre for Innovation was delighted to once again partner with science communication and research leaders Science Borealis and the Centre for Blood Research at the University of British Columbia to host this competition. This time around, we asked our research trainees to send us “Stories worth telling” in the areas of blood, plasma, stem cells or organs and tissues research. We challenged them to tell us about the people behind the research, the impact of the work, the journey, and the emotional highs and lows. The winning entry did not disappoint.
Congratulations to our 2019-2020 winner, Dr. Aditi Khandelwal!
Dr. Khandelwal is a member of the University of Toronto Quality in Utilization, Education and Safety in Transfusion (QUEST) research program, which receives funding support from Canadian Blood Services (Transfusion Medicine Research Program Support Award). Dr. Khandelwal wins a $300 cash prize and the honour of being our 2019-2020 winner.
Dr. Khandelwal’s winning entry is a moving story that describes how her research and professional life intersected with her personal life during an emotional moment. Intrigued? We’ll publish Dr. Khandelwal's winning entry here on R.E.D. blog next week Don't miss it!
Winners of previous Lay Science Writing Competitions
The winning entry and runners up in last year’s Lay Science Writing Competition were also published on R.E.D. blog. You can find them here:
- Competition winner: Optimizing Cord Blood Donor Recruitment
- Writing competition runner up: Phlebotomy to improve surgical outcomes and donor blood economy – a redemption story
- Iron deficiency in pregnancy – a matter of public health
- Creating platelets 2.0: stronger, faster, and with twice the life-saving power
The 2019-2020 Canadian Blood Services Lay Science Writing Competition was organized by the Canadian Blood Services’ Centre for Innovation with welcome support from Science Borealis and the Centre for Blood Research at the University of British Columbia.
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The opinions reflected in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Canadian Blood Services nor do they reflect the views of Health Canada or any other funding agency.
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