Harold Kalant Award

The Harold Kalant Award is given annually for an outstanding scientific publication of original research by a graduate student in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Only first authors will be considered. For the 2021 award, papers with accepted dates of January 1, 2020 to Dec 31, 2020 will be considered. Papers should be self-nominated by the student with an explanation of impact of the manuscript on the respective field. For multi-authored papers, the percentage contribution by the first author needs to be indicated in the self nomination package. 

A diverse committee of faculty members will evaluate the submitted applications. The selection of the winning publication will be based on both the scientific quality of the research described in the manuscript, and the maturity and clarity with which the Discussion explains the significance of the work in the context of the broader research field to which it pertains.

Award committee Chair: Dr. Lenny Salmena
Deadline for submissions: TBD
Submit nominations to: pharmtox.dept@utoronto.ca

Past Recipients

2020: David Bodenstein

David Bodenstein

David is a 4th year PhD student in the Andreazza lab studying mitochondrial biogenesis in bipolar disorder, as well as developing novel approaches for autologous mitochondrial transplantation in patients with mitochondrial disease. He is passionate about research in mental health as a result of his own personal experiences, and those of family members and friends. He believes this intersection between patient advocate and researcher allows him to have a unique perspective in his studies. David joined the department as an undergraduate student in 2012 and never left.

David is honoured to receive the inaugural Harold Kalant award for his paper published in npj Schizophrenia in December 2019. This award serves as a reminder to him of the importance of mental health research and the need to continue pushing forward with his work and research. David hopes to continue his career in academia and one day have a lab of his own.