A Message from our Founders
Getting involved in research has been one of the highlights of my university career. From learning innovative lab techniques to interacting with some of the smartest people I know, my fond memories within research can go on and on. If there is one thing that I wish I could have changed, it is that I would have started sooner. As such, myself, along with my fellow IgNITE founders, wanted to create a platform where students of all ages and experience levels could participate in some of the most fundamental aspects of research. Moreover, we wanted to create a community of IgNITE members, pushing one another to reach our full potential! I am a firm believer of being a lifelong learner and I know that the IgNITE Medical Case Competition will encourage novel approaches to some of the most pressing medical issues through research. I look forward to meeting you all and sharing our innovative solutions at IgNITE!
- Danny Bojic
Co-Founder & Co-President
Science has been a big part of my life ever since I competed in the Canada Wide Science Fair in Grade 8. Since then, I have had the privilege to contribute my efforts to translational medical research in hopes of improving outcomes for cancer patients faced with the possibility of disease recurrence following surgery. Research has provided me with many opportunities that have helped shape my aspirations and future career goals. Unfortunately, there is a significant barrier for students to get into research, which I had experienced myself. For me, IgNITE represents an experience that I wish I had access to when I had first begun seeking research opportunities. I believe the initiative provides students with a unique "springboard" into the world of research as it not only teaches important scientific concepts and skills but also allows students to connect with world-leading scientists. I hope that my efforts in IgNITE may support aspiring young scientists.
As someone with a background in science and passion for healthcare innovation, I have always enjoyed working with others to solve complex and relevant problems in medicine. While I have gained a lot of valuable skills from my involvement in research, the road to get to where I am now was not easy. As such, my hope is that through IgNITE, I can help students in a similar situation kickstart their careers and find their passions.
Medical research has been a big part of my academic journey and has given me countless opportunities to grow, not only as a scientist but as a person. Although I have had the opportunity to get involved in many cutting-edge research projects, it was not easy getting involved in my very first project. Unfortunately, this struggle is also faced by many other aspiring scientists trying to enter the academic community. Thus, we started IgNITE to create an opportunity for young scientists to take their first step in their research journey. Leading a team of brilliant students, alongside Danny, to make IgNITE a reality allows me to give back to the scientific community and play a part in shaping our future scientists and doctors. I hope to create a pivotal experience that will fuel the passion of students wanting to get involved in research and open doors for them to succeed. I truly believe that the IgNITE Medical Case Competition has the potential to change your academic journey. I look forward to meeting you all and discussing innovative solutions to current medical issues!
- Bianka Bezuidenhout
Co-Founder & Co-President