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 largest extra-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.
Complete award results are available for download in English http://cwsf.youthscience.ca/sites/default/files/documents/cwsf/CWSF2011_Results-EN.pdf and French http://cwsf.youthscience.ca/sites/default/files/documents/cwsf/ESPC2011_Resultats-FR.pdf
All 425 projects can be browsed in the Virtual CWSF https://secure.ysf-fsj.ca/virtualcwsf by clicking the link and then selecting 2011 as the year.
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