Announcing the winners of the Research 180 Video Competition

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Written by: Abby Wolfe, Canadian Blood Services

Originally posted on the Canadian Blood Services Research, Education, and Discovery (R.E.D.) blog and republished with permission

This year, Canadian Blood Services offered the Research 180 Video Competition in partnership with the Centre for Blood Research at the University of British Columbia.

In this twist on the Lay Science Writing competition from previous years, trainees were challenged to create original videos showcasing their research in 180 seconds or less. Trainees were encouraged to practice their knowledge translation skills by presenting their research in a format that can be shared on online platforms and social media channels to engage the public.

With the theme of “Impact in motion”, entrants presented unique and engaging glimpses at their research and the impact it can have. A panel of judges awarded two prizes!

The video “From research to policy…and back”, produced by Elyn Rowe, a PhD student with Dr. Dana Devine at the Centre for Blood Research, was awarded the first-place prize of $500.

Red haired researcher in the lab
Elyn Rowe‘s Research 180 Video Competition entry provided a winning description of her research into the impact of donor age and diabetic status on blood product quality and storage.

The second-place prize of $300 was awarded to Dr. Peter Bell, a research associate in Dr. Christopher Overall’s laboratory at the Centre for Blood Research, for his video “Styling proteins with nano-sized scissors: A matter of life and death”. 

Dr. Peter Bell standing near the water
Dr. Peter Bell’s Research 180 Video Competition entry highlighted his research on proteolysis – the breaking down of proteins into shorter fragments – and how understanding this process can help contribute to the development of new disease treatments.  

Join us in congratulating the 2022-2023 winners and be sure to watch the R.E.D. blog for upcoming posts featuring each of the winning videos! 

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