This competition is available to residents training in a Canadian otolaryngology-head and neck surgery program. It recognizes, in memoriam, the name of Jacques Poliquin, who was a prominent otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon, researcher, and educator. Dr. Poliquin fostered this competition in its formative years.
The goal of the Poliquin Resident Research Competition (PRRC) is to:
- Foster high quality research and innovation as an important element of residency training. Research and innovation should be defined in its broadest sense and will include clinical, translational, basic science, population health, health policy, and educational investigation.
- Highlight impactful research by trainees and acknowledgement through awards.
PRRC Committee Membership
The Awards Chair will select four additional judges who are members in good standing of the Society. It will be the Chairs responsibility to consider balancing institutional, geographic and subspecialty representation while ensuring that the academic rigor of the committee.
The committee will select the awards for the following categories:
- Clinical (first and second place)
- Non-clinical (first and second place)
- The adjudication process will be based on the guidelines for scoring, as described below.
- All abstracts will be made anonymous to the judges prior to ranking.
- From the abstract submissions, approximately 15 studies will be selected to submit manuscripts and for podium presentations. This number may vary from year to year based on the number of high quality submissions, the amount of time allocated to the competition by the Scientific Program Chair, and the discretion of the Awards Chair.
- It is expected that the judges will remain impartial and unbiased. Judges will score submissions from one’s own academic institution but will make the potential conflict known to the Chair.
- The rankings and scores from each judge will be blinded from the other judges until the time of deliberation.
- A significant part of the competition is the presenter’s ability to field questions. An important role of the judge is to prepare and ask questions at the end of the podium presentations.
- The entire process will remain strictly confidential.
Candidate submissions will be ranked according to the following Abstract Review System: (Minimum Score=15 Maximum Score=60)
- Was the structured abstract format followed and does abstract fall within the word limit of 250 words? (0 – 4 points, binary: yes=4 points; no=0 points)
- Study Design? 1 – 10 points (Scored according to Cochrane levels of evidence for clinical study)
- Question / objective sufficiently described? 1 – 3 points
- Originality and importance of study question? 1 – 3 points
- Design evident and appropriate to answer study question? 1 – 3 points
- Subjects (patient’s, cell lines, model, etc.) appropriate to the study question? 1 – 3 points
- Controls used and appropriate? 1 – 3 points
- Method of subject selection (patient’s, cell lines, model, etc.) described and appropriate? 1 – 3 points
- Outcome measure well defined and robust to measurement bias? Means of assessment reported?
1 – 3 points
- Sample size adequate? 1 – 3 points
- Statistical analyses appropriate? 1 – 3 points
- Statistical tests stated? 1 – 3 points
- Exact p-values or confidence intervals stated? 1 – 3 points
- Results reported in sufficient detail? 1 – 3 points
- Do the results support the conclusions? 1 – 5 points
- Maturity of data (data has been collected and analyzed prior to submitting abstract rather than reporting predicted results or interim data). 1 – 5 points
Guidelines for Submissions
Abstracts must be submitted through the general program’s online portal by November 15th of each year. Go to the Annual Meeting section of this website to access complete instructions and the submission portal. A resident may not submit more than one paper per year. Notification of acceptance will be received by January 15th of each year. IMPORTANT The final paper must be submitted to the Journal of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery no later than April 8th of each year. Please see Preparing Your Manuscript (original research article) for format guidelines and submission instructions. Once all manuscripts are received by the Journal, copies will be distributed to the Review Committee. Failure to comply with this deadline will constitute a late withdrawal from the competition and be subject to sanction. All submissions and communications will be conducted electronically using the resident’s email address on the application form. Faxes and/or hard copies will not be accepted. Successful candidates are required to present their work at the annual meeting’s Poliquin Resident Research Competition.
Journal of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
- All submitted manuscripts will become the property of JOTO. As such, these manuscripts will require peer-review.
The Society will finance the successful candidates’ expenses to the meeting by providing economy return airfare and hotel accommodations (at the single room, convention rate) for two nights.
The competition is open to all residents training in a Canadian otolaryngology-head and neck surgery program. Foreign residents doing a fellowship year in a Canadian program and Canadian residents doing a fellowship outside of Canada are eligible. A paper may be submitted any time during the candidate’s training and no later than the first competition year following completion of the training period.
Two prizes are awarded, one for clinical and non-clinical work. Each winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000.00. The winner’s names and project titles will become part of an ongoing Society listing. The second prize winners will be awarded plaques.
Withdrawal from Competition
The Society receives many more submissions than are ultimately selected for presentation at the Poliquin Resident Research Competition. Late withdrawal of a submission precludes others the opportunity for presentation. Please note that the withdrawal of your submission from the Poliquin Competition AFTER DECEMBER 15th each year will result in A SANCTION from the competition in the following year for BOTH the resident and supervisor.
RECIPIENTS OF THE POLIQUIN RESIDENTS AWARD
1st Place – Dr. Sherif Idris, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
Investigation of EZH2 Pathways for Novel Epigenetic Treatment Strategies in Oropharyngeal Cancer
2nd Place – Dr. Faisal Alzahrani, Dalhousie University, HALIFAX, NS
Hippo Signaling in Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma
1st Place – Dr. Brittany Barber, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
Brief Electrical Stimulation (BES) for Prevention of Shoulder Dysfunction After Oncologic Neck Dissection: A Randomized Controlled Trial
2nd Place – Dr. Krupal Patel, University of Western Ontario, LONDON, ON
Treatment of Early Stage Supraglottic Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Meta-analysis Comparing Primary Surgery versus Primary Radiotherapy
1st Place – Dr. Elise Graham, Dalhousie University, HALIFAX, NS
Identification of Serum microRNA Biomarkers as a Potential Diagnostic Tool in Papillary Thyroid Cancer
2nd Place – Dr. Adrian Mendez, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
Brief Electrical Stimulation After Facial Nerve Transection and Neurorrhaphy: A Randomized Prospective Animal Study
1st Place – Dr. Michael Roskies, McGill University, MONTREAL, QC
3-phase Dual-energy CT Scan as a Feasible Salvage Imaging Modality for the Identification of Non-localizing Parathyroid Adenomas: A Prospective Study
2nd Place – Dr. Brittany Barber, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
Depression as a Predictive Factor of Postoperative Functional Performance Status and Treatment Adherence in Head and Neck Cancer Patients: A Prospective Study
1st Place – Dr. Timothy Cooper, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
Oncolytic Activity of Novel Reovirus Mutants in HPV Positive and Negative Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma
2nd Place – Dr. Rickul Varshney, McGill University, MONTREAL, QC
A Rhinology High Fidelity Surgical Simulator: An Initial Validation Study
1st Place – Dr. Han Zhang, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
Metabolic Tumour Volume as a Prognostic Factor for Head and Neck Cancer Patients Treated with Primary Surgery
2nd Place – Dr. Edward Park, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
Predictors of Round Window Accessibility via Facial Recess Approach Based on Pre-Operative CT Petrous Bones Imaging
1st Place – Dr. Fawaz M. Makki, Dalhousie University, HALIFAX, NS
CO2 Laser versus Cold Steel Margin Analysis Following Endoscopic Excision of Glottic Cancer
2nd Place – Dr. Caroline C. Jeffery, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
Association Between Allergic Rhinitis and Asthma in Northern Alberta: A Population-based Study
1st Place – Dr. Vinay T. Fernandes, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
Development of an Ototoxicity Model in Adult CBA/CaJ Mouse and Determination of a Golden Window of Corticosteroid Intervention for Otoprotection
2nd Place – Dr. Xiao Zhao, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
The Role of Neural Precursor Cells and Self Assembling Peptides in Nerve Regeneration
1st Place – Dr. Jeffrey Yeung, University of Ottawa, OTTAWA, ON
The New Age of Play Audiometry: Validation Testing of an iPad-based Play Audiometer
2nd Place – Dr. Vincent Biron, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
Surgical vs Ultrasound-guided Drainage of Deep Neck Space Abscesses: A Randomized Controlled Trial
1st Place – Dr. Nikolaus Wolter, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
Propranolol as a Novel Adjunctive Treatment for Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma
2nd Place – Dr. Aman Grewal, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
Corticosteroid Uptake in Auditory Hair Cells via Trans-tympanic versus Systemic Administration
Dr. B.J.Hubbard, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
A Novel Low-Cost System for Posturography: A Platform for Longitudinal Balance Telemetry??
Dr. J. Szudek, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
Can uHear Me Now? Validation of An iPhone-based Hearing Loss Screening Test
Dr. James P. Bonaparte, University of Ottawa, OTTAWA, ON
Healing Time of Radial Forearm Free Flap Donor Sites After Pre-operative Tissue Expansion: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Dr. Praby Singh, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
Heparin vs Tirofiban in Microvascular Anastomosis: A Randomized Trial in a Rat Model
Dr. Clarke Bartlett, Dalhousie University, HALIFAX, NS
Treatment of Patulous Eustachian Tube Using Mass Loading of the Eardrum
Dr. Ashlin Alexander, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
From Fragments to the Whole: A Comparison Between Cochlear Implant Users and Normal Hearing Listeners in Music Perception and Enjoyment
Basic Sciences – Dr. John De Almedia, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
Testing Biomechanical Strength of Grafts Sealed with Adjuncts in an Ex Vivo and in Vivo Models of CSF Leaks
Clinical Research – Dr. Scott Hamilton, University of Western Ontario, LONDON, ON
Microvascular Changes in Oral Mucositis
Basic Sciences – Dr. Jay Zhu, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
Efficacy of Low Molecular Weight Heparin in Preventing Free Flap Failure: A Rat Model. Venous Thrombosis in Microvascular Surgery in the Rat Model
Clinical Research – Dr. Jason Chau, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
The Radial Forearm Donor Site – A Comparison of the Functional and Cosmetic Outcomes of Different Reconstructive Methods
Basic Sciences – Dr. S. Roberge, Universite de Sherbrooke, SHERBROOKE, QC
Influence of the Level of Consciousness on the Frequency of Non-nutritional Swallows and Their Coordination with Breathing in Adult Sheep
Clinical Research – Dr. M.G. Brandt, University of Western Ontario, LONDON, ON
A Randomized Control Trial of Fluorescence Guided Surgical Excision of Nonmelanotic Cutaneous Malignancies
Basic Sciences – Dr. Jordon Hochman, University of Manitoba, WINNIPEG, MB
Prevention of Aminoglycoside Induced Ototoxicity in Mice with the Free Radical Scavenging Agent Sodium Thiosulfate
Clinical Research – Dr. Maya Sardesai, University of Western Ontario, LONDON, ON
Donor Site Morbidity following Radial Forearm Free Tissue Transfer
Basic Sciences – Dr. Timothy Wallace, University of Western Ontario, LONDON, ON
Endoscopic Transantral Repair of Orbital Floor Fractures: A Computer Tomography Volumetric Analysis Using A Cadaveric Model
Basic Sciences – Dr. Brad Mechor, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
A Positive Margin Resection Mouse Model
Clinical Research – Dr. Sebastien Bathalon, Universite de Sherbrooke, SHERBROOKE, QC
Visualization in the Teaching of Criothyroidotomy
Basic Sciences – Dr. Brian Rotenberg, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
Pediatric Laryngeal Paralysis: A New Proposed Surgical Therapy
Clinical Research – Dr. Ali Moshaver, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
Early Operative Intervention vs Conventional Treatment in Epistaxis: A Randomized Prospective Trial
Basic Sciences – Dr. Paul van der Sloot, University of Alberta, EDMONTON, AB
Vascularized Periosteum and Osteogenesis: A Comparison of Bone Carriers.
Clinical Research – Dr. Jason Atlas, University of Western Ontario, LONDON, ON
Intratympanic Gentamicin Titration Therapy for Intractable Menieres Disease – 5 Year Follow-up.
Basic Sciences – Dr. Paolo Campisi, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
Overview of the Radiology, Histology, and Bone Morphogenetic Protein Expression during Distraction Osteogenesis of the Mandible.
Clinical Research – Dr. Murad Husein, McGill University, MONTREAL, QC
Assessment of the Subglottis in the Paediatric Population Using Ultrasound, Bronchoscopy and Endotracheal Tube Sizing.
Clinical Research – Dr. M. Korman, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
Topical Preparations for Nasal Endoscopic Examination
Basic Sciences – Dr. S. Abov-Khalil, McGill University, MONTREAL, QC
Clinical Applications of a Finite-Element Model of the Human Middle Ear
Clinical Research – Dr. Richard Liu, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
The Pectoralis Major Myocutaneous Pedicled Flap in Head and Neck Reconstruction – Indications and Results in 249 Cases at the Toronto Hospital.
Basic Sciences – Dr. Jonathan Trites, University of Western Ontario, LONDON, ON
Early Steps in Nodal Metastasis: New Insights with In Vivo Microscopy.
Clinical Research – Dr. Mark Emery, Dalhousie University, HALIFAX, NS
An Investigation of Dysphagia in the Tracheotomized Patient Using a Speaking Valve.
Basic Sciences – Dr. David Lemaire, Universite de Sherbrooke, SHERBROOKE, QC
Animal Model for the Study of Laryngeal Function during Apnea Phenomenon.
Basic Science – Dr. Danny Enepedikes, McGill University, MONTREAL, QC
The Independent and Combined Effects of RAR-, RXR-, and VDR- Selective Ligands on the Growth of Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Vitro.
Clinical Research – Dr. Shirley Lo, University of Western Ontario, LONDON, ON
CT Analysis of Tumour Volume in T2/T3 Cancer of the Larynx: Its Prognostic Significance.
Basic Sciences – Dr. M.M. Elahi, McGill University, MONTREAL, QC
Ultrasound in the Assessment of Craniomaxillofacial Bone Thickness.
Clinical Research – Dr. Terry Liu, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
Laryngostroboscopy following Botulinum Toxin Injection in Spasmodic Dysphonia.
Basic Sciences – Dr. Mark Prince, Dalhousie University, HALIFAX, NS
Effect of Upper Airway Passages on Craniofacial Growth in an Animal Model: A Pilot Study.
Clinical Research – Dr. Stanley Mah, University of British Columbia, VANCOUVER, BC
Functional Results in Oral Cavity Reconstruction Using Reinnervated vs Non-reinnervated Free Fasciocutaneous Grafts.
Basic Science – Dr. Adam Toth, University of Western Ontario, LONDON, ON
Neuronal Differentiation of Modified Myoepithelial Cells within Adenoid Cystic Carcinomas and Polymorphous Low-Grade Adenocarcinomas.
Basic Sciences – Dr. Paul Moxham, University of British Columbia, VANCOUVER, BC
TGF-B1 in a Guanidine-Extracted Demineralized Bone Matrix Carrier Rapidly Closes a Rabbit Critical Calvarial Defect.
Clinical Research – Dr. David Wong, University of TORONTO, TORONTO, ON
The Effect of Neuromuscular Activity on Botox Injections in Spasodic Dysphonia.
Basic Sciences – Dr. Jamie Rappaport, Dalhousie University, HALIFAX, NS
Auditory Temporal Resolution in Multiple Sclerosis.
Clinical Research – Dr. Manohar Bance, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
Clinical Decision and Cost Analysis for Acoustic Neuroma Diagnosis.
Basic Sciences – Dr. Anthony Zeitouni, McGill University, MONTREAL, QC
Functional Imaging of Head and Neck Tumors Using Positron Emission Tomography.
Basic Sciences – Dr. Andrew Golde, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
The Oxygen Optode: An Improved Method for Assessing Flap Bloodflow Viability.
Clinical Research – Dr. Sunil Ummat, Dalhousie University, HALIFAX, NS
Anatomy and Development of the Osteomeatal Unit in Childhood – A Radiological Study.
Basic Sciences – Dr. Robert Mounsey, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
Ischemic Pre-conditioning and Deferoxamine in the Prevention of Ischemic Necrosis in Skeletal Muscle: A Pig Latissimus Dorsi Muscle Flap Model.
Clinical Research – Dr. Greg Chernoff, University of Western Ontario, LONDON, ON
The Potential Clinical Impact of the Fine-Needle Aspiration/Flow Cytometric Diagnosis of Malignant Lymphoma.
Basic Sciences – Dr. David Cheung, Dalhousie University, HALIFAX, NS
The Surgical Approach to the Sphenoid Sinus.
Clinical Research – Dr. Jeff Jones, University of Western Ontario, LONDON, ON
Radioprotective Effect of Superoxide Scavenging Enzymes.
Basic Sciences – Dr. David Finkelstein, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
Cell Surface Recognition Determinants Involved in Triggering the Lymphokine Activated Killer (LAK) Tumor Lysis Phenomenon.
Clinical Research – Dr. Andre Tan, McGill University, MONTREAL, QC
Hospitalized Croup (Bacterial and Viral): Trends in Management
Basic Sciences – Dr. Jonathan Irish, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
Oncogenes in Head & Neck Cancer
1988 Dr. Ted Bojanowski, University of British Columbia, VANCOUVER, BC
Analogue Signal Representation of the Medical Superior Olive in the Cat
1987 Dr. Graham Bryce, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
The Cross-sectional Osteology of the Midface
1986 Dr. Rachael Cormier, University of Ottawa, OTTAWA, ON
The Cell Mediated Response of the Guinea Pig’s Middle Ear
1985 Dr. Ralph Gilbert, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON
Prognosis for Advanced Laryngeal Carcinoma with Thyroid Gland Involvement
1984 Dr. Lorne Parnes, University of Western Ontario, LONDON, ON
The Effect on Hearing of Posterior Semi-circular Canal Occlusion in Guinea Pigs