MSFHR announces 2016 Scholar Award recipients

Fifteen exceptional BC-based investigators have been named recipients of Scholar Awards through the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research 2016 Scholar Program competition.

Fifteen exceptional BC-based investigators have been named recipients of Scholar Awards through the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research 2016 Scholar Program competition.

The award recipients, selected from a highly competitive pool of 93 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.

With a maximum term of five years, MSFHR Scholar Awards help British Columbia create and sustain a base of excellence that fosters world-class research across the health spectrum.

With the support of the provincial government, MSFHR has invested more than $330 million over the past 15 years in award programs that nurture talent, advance new treatments and cures, and respond to health system priorities. To date, we have granted 385 Scholar Awards that directly support the careers of BC's top health researchers.

Two of this year’s awards will be jointly funded in partnership with BC-based not-for-profit organizations. MSFHR is pleased to partner with Cassie & Friends Society for Children with Juvenile Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases and the Pacific Alzheimer Research Foundation to support research directly relevant to these organizations' mandates.

Starting in 2016, MSFHR is pleased to offer both Scholar Program and Research Trainee Program competitions on an annual basis as part of an expanded suite of programs that will broaden and enhance our support for health research and its application in British Columbia.