MSFHR announces 2015 Trainee award recipients

Forty-nine exceptional young investigators will receive Trainee awards from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research to support post-doctoral study at BC institutions.

Forty-eight* exceptional young investigators will receive Trainee awards from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research to support post-doctoral study at BC institutions.

The award recipients, selected from a highly competitive pool of 231 applications, represent a bright future for health research in British Columbia. Their innovative projects span a broad range of disciplines and will help to address important health challenges for the benefit of all British Columbians.

Thirteen of this year’s awards will be jointly funded in partnership with BC-based health charities, health authorities, and not-for-profit organizations. MSFHR is pleased to partner with the following organizations to support research directly relevant to their respective mandates:

  • AllerGen
  • BC Cancer Foundation
  • Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation
  • Pacific Alzheimer Research Foundation
  • Rick Hansen Institute/International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries
  • Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute

With a maximum term of three years, MSFHR Trainee Awards support highly qualified researchers at the post-PhD and post-health professional degree stages to prepare for careers as independent investigators. By supporting the training of these researchers, BC is well positioned to retain them as future health research leaders.

Since 2001, MSFHR has invested more than $38 million in funding more than 1,200 Trainee awards that build on Dr. Michael Smith’s legacy of support for up-and-coming scientists.

*Number updated August 31, 2015