Dr. Brent Page, assistant professor at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia (UBC) has received a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) Scholar Award for 2019. The MSFHR Scholar and Research Trainee Awards support exceptional early career researchers from a range of health research disciplines. This year, the Foundation awarded 20 Scholar and 38…
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We are pleased to congratulate the BC Children’s and BC Women’s investigators who were awarded funding through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grant Spring 2019 competition. Our research community received nine new research and bridge grants totaling more than $5.8 million. The majority of investigators who were successful in these competitions benefited from the expertise of Dr.…
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MSFHR Funds 58 Outstanding Health Researchers

MSFHR announced 58 outstanding BC researchers as the recipients of this year’s Scholar and Research Trainee awards (20 Scholars and 38 Research Trainees). Recipients are located across BC, including in Prince George, Kelowna and Victoria. Selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants, the recipients represent a bright future for health research in British Columbia. “Our focus at MSFHR is talent…
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On July 15, 2019, CIFAR announced 112 new fellows and program advisors appointed across four research themes: Life & Health, Individuals & Society, Information & Matter, and Earth & Space. Dr. Jim Kronstad, Professor at the Michael Smith Laboratories, was one of the new fellows appointed to the Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities program within the Life & Health research theme. This appointment…
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CIHR Funds Innovative Brain Research Projects at UBC

Congratulations to our members who recently received Project Grants from the Canadian Insitutes of Health Research (CIHR). CIHR Project Grants support research projects with a defined endpoint, allowing researchers to pursue innovative, high-risk research questions with potential to improve health outcomes in Canada. Eight projects led by investigators at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health received a combined total of $5,715,377 in…
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Jonathan Choy – The role of IL-17 receptor A in transplant rejection Organ transplantation is the only treatment for end-stage organ failure. As such, it is a potentially curative procedure for devastating conditions such as kidney, heart and liver disease. The success of organ transplantation is limited by the rejection of grafts by the immune system of recipients. Activation of…
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Two UBC Faculty of Medicine members have been named to BNN Bloomberg’s 2019 Top 40 Under 40 list which recognizes Canada’s next leaders. Dr. Caitlin Dunne, clinical assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynaecology Caitlin Dunne and Zachary Laksman are among 44 recipients chosen from more than 850 nominees by an independent advisory board of business leaders from across Canada.…
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The winners of the 2019 Technology Impact Awards (TIAs), proudly announced by the BC Tech Association on June 27, represent the cream of an impressive crop of innovative ventures fuelling unprecedented growth and global competitiveness across British Columbia. Now in its 26th year of celebrating excellence and innovation in the province’s tech sector, the largest and longest-running awards program of its kind featured a…
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Three graduate students and four medical residents from the Faculty of Medicine are among eight recipients of this year’s Friedman Award for Scholars in Health. The award supports learning and research opportunities for graduate students or medical residents working in the broad area of health, to bring new perspectives to their education and further their career. The award is named after…
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On June 14, 2019, the Government of Canada announced an investment of over $275 million for 346 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs at 52 institutions across Canada for research excellence. The Canada Foundation for Innovation also made an investment towards these Chairs of more than $5.2 million in new funding for research infrastructure, supporting 30 Chairs at 18 institutions. Dr. Steven J.M. Jones,…
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