Work on a drug to slow the progress of cancer has earned two Alberta high school students Best Project honours at the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF) in Toronto this week. The award to Grade 12 students Danny (Yuhao) Huang (17) and Jaclynn Wong (17) of Edmonton was presented at the conclusion of the gala awards ceremony held this evening at Roy Thomson Hall.
The project looked at the ability of a drug (PUGNaC) to slow the growth of cancer cells by increasing a biochemical process that operates at minimal levels in cancer cells but at high levels in normal cells. The pair's work could have both diagnostic and therapeutic applications, including the early detection and treatment of cancer.
In addition to the $10,000 Best Project Award, Huang and Wong won the Platinum Award for Best Senior Project ($5,000), a senior gold medal ($1,500), the senior Health Challenge Award ($1,000), and $22,000 in scholarships from five Canadian universities.
The Canada-Wide Science Fair is the country's largestextra-curricular youth activity related to science and technology in Canada, bringing together over 500 of the country's top young scientists in grades 7-12 from every province and territory for a week of science, competition, and fun. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the prestigious event, whose alumni includes Dr. Roberta Bondar, Dr. Jaymie Matthews, and Marc Kielberger.
All 425 projects can be browsed in the Virtual CWSF by clicking the link and then selecting 2011 as the year.