2020 Research Trainee Award Recipients

The MSFHR Research Trainee Program supports health researchers in the training phase of their research career to enable career development and the long-term success of the BC health research landscape.

MSFHR is pleased to name 43 exceptional BC health researchers as 2020 Research Trainee award recipients in areas ranging from artificial intelligence in breast cancer screening, mental health in immigrant and refugee children, substance use harm reduction, and vaccine education for midwifery clients.

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University of British Columbia

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Resisting Vascular Cognitive Impairment: The Effects of Resistance Training on Myelin and Blood-based Biomarkers of Neuroplasticity in Older Adults

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University of British Columbia

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Unraveling client selectivity and pattern recognition of J-Protein chaperones involved in preventing intracellular aggregation of polyglutamine peptides

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University of Victoria

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Identifying Complex Associations between Biomedical HIV Treatment and Prevention Strategies, Condom Use Behaviors, and STIs in Gay, Bisexual, and other Men who have Sex with Men

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University of British Columbia

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Role of myelin pathology in vascular cognitive impairment

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University of British Columbia

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The interplay between inflammatory bowel disease and Clostridioides difficile co-occurrence and the pediatric gastrointestinal microbiome

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University of British Columbia

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Ventilation Heterogeneity in Asthma, COPD and Asthma-COPD Overlap: Oscillometry and Pulmonary MRI

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University of British Columbia

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Using electronic medical record data and patient reported outcome measures to improve the early identification and management of knee osteoarthritis in Canadian primary care

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University of British Columbia

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Refining the approach to Cystic Fibrosis Pulmonary Exacerbations - modelling data to improve assessment and predict etiology.

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University of British Columbia

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Understanding adaptability in egg-laying behavior in Aedes aegypti

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University of British Columbia

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Artificial Intelligence Based Discovery of Estrogen Receptor Activation Function 2 (AF2) Inhibitors as the First-In-Class Therapies for Drug Resistant Breast Cancers

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Simon Fraser University

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Genome-wide screen to identify genetic modulators of glucocerebrosidase activity

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University of British Columbia

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Vitamin C-induced epigenomic remodeling as a preventive therapy for leukemic transformation

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University of British Columbia

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Using computational modeling to investigate the cognitive processes underlying behaviors related to gambling disorder in rats

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University of British Columbia

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Development of Novel Alpha-amanitin Analogs for Targeted Cancer Chemotherapy

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University of British Columbia

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Effect of Diesel Exhaust on the Respiratory Microbiome in COPD Airways.

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University of British Columbia

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Understanding counsellor-client interactions in spinal cord injury exercise counselling: a novel method to explain outcomes of randomized controlled trials by assessing intervention fidelity

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University of British Columbia

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Characterization of Pathogenic Chromatin States in Synovial Sarcoma

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University of British Columbia

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A novel strategy to mitigate secondary hypoxic injury following traumatic spinal cord injury through the augmentation of local microvascular oxygen supply

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University of British Columbia

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Severity and Treatment of Menopausal Symptoms in Women Living with HIV

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University of British Columbia

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Modifying brain activity on an individual basis to improve recovery after stroke

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University of British Columbia

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Bone Marrow Lesions in Osteoarthritis and Their Relation to Cartilage Contact and Stresses

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BC Cancer

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B cells: New players in the immune response to cancer

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University of British Columbia

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Developing novel therapeutic targets to treat arrhythmia-causing ryanodine receptor variants in the heart

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University of British Columbia

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Exploring Altered Cortical Activity Dynamics in Huntington’s Disease

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University of British Columbia

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Using population-level administrative data to study the health of youth with developmental disabilities transitioning to adult services

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University of British Columbia

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Characterization of Gli proteins as a novel therapeutic target in prostate and breast cancer.

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University of Victoria

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Harm Reduction into Action: Supporting Nurses to Provide Culturally Safe Care with a Harm Reduction Lens to People who use Drugs

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University of British Columbia

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Viral Determinants of Natural Human Cytomegalovirus Transmission

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University of British Columbia

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Evolving Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms in Children Born Very Preterm: Brain, Stress Regulation and Parenting

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University of British Columbia

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Redevelopment and Optimization of an Adeno-Associated Virus Gene Therapy Product for the Treatment of Lipoprotein Lipase Deficiency

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University of British Columbia

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From genes to ecology: The current and future distribution of arbovirus vectors in BC

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University of British Columbia

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Understanding the challenges and opportunities in communicating vaccine risks and benefits to midwifery clients

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University of British Columbia

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Don't let ILC3s take your breath away

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University of British Columbia

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Engineering the design of regulatory T cell therapy in transplantation

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University of British Columbia

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Feeding patterns, nutrient status, and neurocognitive development in toddlers 18-24 months of age: A Randomised Control Trial

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University of Northern British Columbia

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Inheritors of the Future: Community-Driven Voices of Youth Contemplating Health and Wellbeing in Indigenous and Northern Geographies of British Columbia

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University of British Columbia

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Promoting mental health in immigrant, refugee, and non-immigrant children: A British Columbia intergenerational population cohort study

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University of British Columbia

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Evolutionary mismatch: a cause of cardiovascular disease in industrialized societies?

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University of Victoria

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The Role of Microglia in Chronic Stress-Induced Cognitive Impairment

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University of British Columbia

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Targeted isolation and identification of N-N bond-containing bioactive molecules from bacteria

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Simon Fraser University

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Determinants of sexual and reproductive health care for im/migrant women: a community-based mixed methods study to realize comprehensive primary care in BC

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University of British Columbia

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Connecting clinical research and economic evaluation by mapping lung function to EQ-5D-5L in patients with interstitial lung disease

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BC Cancer

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Modulating microRNA-193a expression levels as a treatment for acute myeloid leukemia (AML)

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