2021 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 54 exceptional BC health researchers as 2021 Research Trainee award recipients in areas that range from advancing the health and wellness of Indigenous peoples, developing patient-centered social robotics for pediatric mental health, and the increasing prevalence of spinal cord injury among older adults.

Partners: St. Paul's Foundation and Centre for Heart Lung Innovation

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University of British Columbia

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Understanding the link between lung genomics, transcriptomics, and sex differences in COPD

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University of British Columbia

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Psychiatric morbidity in multiple sclerosis during the prodromal period (Psych-MS)

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University of British Columbia

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Addressing emerging health system priorities in cervical cancer prevention: determining optimal strategies for human papillomavirus test-based primary screening

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University of British Columbia

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Multifunctional immunomodulating conjugates for targeting and treating glycocalyx dysfunction in inflammatory conditions

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University of British Columbia

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Optimizing protection against Respiratory Syncytial Virus in infancy

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University of British Columbia

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An iKT, interpretivist, feminist, multi-method study examining the experience of, and models of treatment for, acute postpartum mental illness

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University of British Columbia

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Housing, homelessness, and care trajectories among young people who use drugs in Vancouver

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University of British Columbia

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The role of mechanics in EMT and cancer metastasis

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University of British Columbia

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T-cell repertoire analysis for immune monitoring in renal transplantation

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Simon Fraser University

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Healing indicators: Developing community-based Indigenous health assessment

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Simon Fraser University

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Examination of Long QT Syndrome causing variants in induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes to evaluate novel therapeutic treatments

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University of British Columbia

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Developing the next generation of therapeutic regulatory T cells using CRISPR/Cas9

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University of British Columbia

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Mapping chronic social isolation-induced brain activation in mice with machine learning-based phenotyping of behavioral deficits to pilot translational assessment of psychomotor disturbance

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Simon Fraser University

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Structural exploration of locked nucleic acids (LNAs) for incorporation into anticancer oligonucleotides

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University of British Columbia

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Impact of prostate cancer subtypes on bone remodeling and microarchitecture in metastatic lesions of the spine: A combined cellular, genetic and mineralization study

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University of British Columbia

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Role of SASH1 in generation of hematopoietic stem cells

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University of British Columbia

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Physical exercise to mitigate the effects of physical inactivity on brain health

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Partners: Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation

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University of British Columbia

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Portable MRI for multiple sclerosis: Feasibility establishment and technical development for clinical and research applications

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University of British Columbia

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Anti-inflammatory cytokine function in individuals with type 2 diabetes: Impact of hyperglycemia and the restorative effects of exercise

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University of British Columbia

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Evaluating the impact of pharmaceutical interventions to reduce overdose among people with criminal justice system involvement in British Columbia

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University of British Columbia

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Paediatric spinal cord injury in Canada: Using administrative claims data to examine long-term health outcomes and healthcare utilization

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University of British Columbia

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Let's ride! Supporting individuals at risk of type 2 diabetes who self-identify as an ethnic minority in a community-based diabetes prevention program using electrically assisted bicycles

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University of British Columbia

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Developing a method to implement patient-centered social robotics for pediatric mental health within the BC healthcare system

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University of British Columbia

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Linking administrative and survey data to examine substance use related diagnoses, hospitalization and mortality among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in Metro Vancouver

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University of Victoria

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The impact of the loss-of-function ankyrin-B p.S646F variant on cardiomyocyte and neuronal excitability: Implications for diagnosis and treatment of heart disease

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BC Cancer

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Evaluation of SMPD3 as a quarterback for extracellular vesicle-mediated metastasis in oral carcinoma

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University of British Columbia

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The influence of podocalyxin expression on immune response to ovarian cancer and the efficacy of an antibody-drug conjugate in immunotherapy

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University of Victoria

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Honouring all our relations: Advancing health and wellness of uncounted Indigenous peoples in BC through addressing gaps in population health and wellness reporting

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University of British Columbia

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A randomized controlled trial of a cognitive control intervention for major depressive disorder

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University of British Columbia

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Engineering Platelets using therapeutic mRNA

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BC Cancer

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Defining the landscape of genetic variation underlying rare human disease using nanopore long-read sequencing

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University of British Columbia

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Investigating sex differences in dyspnea across the spectrum of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease severity

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University of British Columbia

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Mapping the Continuum of Respectful Experiences (CORE) in perinatal care among historically marginalised women and people in British Columbia

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Partner: Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences

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University of British Columbia

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Investigating what matters to youth: A mixed-methods study of youth-centred opioid treatments and their outcomes

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Partner: Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences

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University of British Columbia

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Movement and young minds: Co-designing and integrating physical activity programming into health services for young people experiencing mental health and substance use challenges

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University of British Columbia

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Defining novel roles for granzyme K in allergic airway inflammation

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University of British Columbia

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Walking away from depression: Leveraging physical activity to treat symptoms and improve well-being in individuals with major depressive disorder

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University of British Columbia

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Evaluating the safety, efficacy, effectiveness, and immunogenicity of meningococcal vaccines across the age spectrum

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University of British Columbia

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Building on the strengths of first responders as a critical first point of contact: Improving emergency care in remote Indigenous communities

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University of British Columbia

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Neural and muscular mechanisms of age- and sex-related impairments in muscle function and fatigue in old and very old adults

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Simon Fraser University

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Effect of age-related spinal degeneration on older adult spinal cord injuries

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University of Victoria

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Endothelial calcium dynamics regulating cerebrovascular function and capillary stalling in the healthy and diabetic brain

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University of British Columbia

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The effect of a telehealth chair-based exercise intervention on motor function in stroke survivors with a mobility impairment

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Partner: BC Schizophrenia Society Foundation

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University of British Columbia

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Counteracting the "Jumping to Conclusion" bias in schizophrenia with a combination of neuromodulation and metacognitive training

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University of British Columbia

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Synthetic feedback control of TCR signaling to guide T cell development in vitro

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University of British Columbia

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Can we identify dementia risk from 24-hour wrist-worn actigraphy? Using machine learning to identify risk factors for dementia during the 24-hour day

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BC Cancer

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Comprehensive dissection of tumor evolution in pediatric acute myeloid leukemia using single cell methylation sequencing

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Fraser Health Authority

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Understanding critical care nurses' prioritization of patient care

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Partner: Cystic Fibrosis Canada

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University of British Columbia

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Development of a non-invasive diagnostic to detect bacterial pulmonary infections in patients with cystic fibrosis

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University of British Columbia

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Immigrants, work and health: Evaluation of services to reduce inequities

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University of British Columbia

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Advancing health equity in the cancer care sector: Identifying organizational and contextual factors impacting the integration of equity-oriented healthcare for marginalized populations

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University of British Columbia

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The effect of temperature on brain bioenergetic stress in hypoxia

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University of British Columbia

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Using a mobile health aerobic exercise program to improve psychological distress in healthcare professionals: A randomised controlled trial

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University of British Columbia

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Programming bordetella pertussis to produce novel vaccines

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