Researcher awarded $25K to study link between insulin & fertility

How does insulin affect fertility as we age?

University of Victoria Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in Cell Biology Nicole Templeman is examining the link between insulin and egg cell quality during aging, thanks to a $25K Banting Research Foundation 2021 Discovery Award. 

Interview with Nicole Templeman. Video: Banting Research Foundation

The study could inform strategies to help prevent and manage female reproductive health concerns by limiting insulin excess.

About the 2021 Discovery Awards

Since 1925 the Banting Research Foundation has provided seed funding for research projects for early career scientists in Canada. The goal of the Discovery Awards is to support researchers at universities and research institutes in Canada within the first three years of their first academic appointment. With this seed funding the researcher can gather pilot data to enhance their competitiveness for other sources of funding.

"You're at a point in your career where you want to get things going," explains Templeman, "and this program is there to help you establish your track record and prove that you should be where you are."

Templeman is one of 12 researchers—50% of whom are women—who have been awarded one-year grants of up to $25K for innovative health and biomedical research projects.

We are proud to support these emerging scientists in biomedical research who are dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians. These accomplished investigators are pushing the limits of artificial intelligence, neuroscience, cancer research, geriatric care, women’s reproductive health and other pressing research areas. Canada is in good hands as our talented researchers continue to push the limits of innovation.
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

Read the 2021 Discovery Award announcement

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