Congratulations to the BCCHRI CIHR Grant Recipients!

We are pleased to congratulate the BC Children’s and BC Women’s investigators who were awarded funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grant Spring 2018 competition, as well as the BC Children’s investigators who received funding from the recent CIHR Foundation and Team Grant competitions. Our research community received more than $4.9 million in new grants and awards…
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Dr. Martin Gleave is the recipient of the fifth annual Dr. Chew Wei Memorial Prize in Cancer Research for his work to improve outcomes from prostate cancer, which has spanned surgery, molecular manipulation in the search for new treatments, and managing the challenge of taking lab discoveries to market.  The UBC Faculty of Medicine bestows this award  annually to a Canadian physician or scientist…
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Four of Canada’s leading clinician scientists and researchers in heart health, brain health and cancer have been singled out by the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine for their scientific accomplishments, and for their potential to make further contributions in their fields. The eighth annual Margolese National Heart Disorders Prize will be shared this year by two UBC faculty members: Andrew…
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Alvin Qiu and Mihai Cirstea from the Michael Smith Laboratories have been named recipients of the 2018 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Canada’s most prestigious scholarship for doctoral students in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences, and/or engineering and health. The Government of Canada launched the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program in 2008 to strengthen Canada’s ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral…
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Dr. B. Brett Finlay, the Peter Wall Distinguished Professor in the Michael Smith Laboratories, and the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Microbiology and Immunology, received $5.8 million over seven years in grant funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to support his research on host microbe interactions in health and disease The work done in the Finlay Lab…
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As part of MSFHR’s commitment to fostering world-class health research in BC, and optimizing investments in health research, we provide opportunities for organizations to co-fund exceptional BC researchers applying for MSFHR funding. With MSFHR and partner organizations matching funding dollar-for-dollar, these partnerships allow us to effectively double our investment in health research, and enable our partners to support research in…
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Last week, it was announced that Dr. Thibault Mayor had received a five-year Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) project grant in the amount of just over $730K. This grant will help support his research in better understanding how misfolded proteins are eliminated from the cell. Mayor, faculty member at the Michael Smith Laboratories and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, studies how misfolded…
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CIHR Funding for Brain Health, Neuroplasticity Research

For the brain to function, signals need to pass between neurons in order to control movement, speech, thought, and decision-making. Each individual neuron (there are billions within a single human brain) connects to a vast and complex network of neurons through thousands of synapses. Synapses mediate communication between neurons, affecting how we perceive and react to the world around us—essentially…
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Undergraduates, graduates, and post-doctoral fellows looking to build their knowledge and global perspective in the study of plant-microbe interaction can now do so through a new program called Plant Responses To Eliminate Critical Threats (PRoTECT), hosted by the University of British Columbia’s Michael Smith Laboratories in Canada and the Georg-August-University Göttingen in Germany. Jointly supported by a $1.65 million award (over six years)…
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Nine postdoctoral fellows from the University of British Columbia have received 2018-2019 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, out of seventy fellowships awarded nationally. These prestigious fellowships provide each researcher with $70,000 each year for two years, to support research that will positively contribute to Canada’s economic, social, and research-based growth. Tahia Devisscher, one of this year’s Banting recipients says the fellowship will help her advance…
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