Congratulations to Dr. Manjula Manikandan for being awarded 3rd place in the annual Pursuit Awards. The Pursuit Awards are awarded by Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital’s Bloorview Research Institute. They recognise outstanding PhD students and recent alumni each year for their exemplary contributions and achievements to the field of childhood disability research. Each year, some of world’s top PhD students and recent alumni apply to the prestigious award competition, showcasing their research and its impact in paediatric disability.

Manjula’s PhD was entitled “Examining health service use among adults with cerebral palsy: A mixed-methods approach”. You can read more about Manjula’s research here. Thank you to the scientific committee for selecting Manjula as an award winner and, through the award, acknowledging that we need research to support all people with child-onset disability throughout life. This achievement puts a spotlight on Manjula’s research highlighting the need for improved services for adults with cerebral palsy.

A big thank you to The Ward Family Foundation for supporting the Pursuit Awards and congratulations to the other Pursuit Awards recipients – Dr. Jennifer Ryan, post-doctoral research fellow at SickKids Research Institute (1st place), and Dr. Caroline Elfassy, doctoral student at McGill University (2nd place).