2021 Scholar award recipients

The MSFHR Scholar Program is designed to support early career researchers as they establish independent research careers, form their own research teams and develop research programs that advance cutting-edge health solutions.

MSFHR is pleased to name 32 exceptional BC-based health researchers as 2021 Scholar award recipients in areas that range from addressing food insecurities in a changing climate to managing childhood obesity, to informing the future of primary care.

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University of British Columbia

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AI-driven integration of omics and histopathology for biomarker discovery in cancer

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University of British Columbia

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Antibody therapies encoded in self-amplifying RNA

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Partner: Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences

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University of British Columbia

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A program of social epidemiology and metabolic outcomes research (SEMOR) to support healthy aging

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University of British Columbia

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The role of microglia in neurodevelopmental disorders

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University of British Columbia

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The neuroscience and molecular genetics of mosquito chemosensation

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Simon Fraser University

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Investigating the role of sleep disruption in the progressive memory loss associated with Alzheimer's disease

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Royal Roads University

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Transforming adolescent and young adult cancer care in BC in partnership with patients and cancer care allies

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Partners: Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention & Management and Interior Health

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University of British Columbia

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Physical activity and the clinical management of chronic diseases in children who reside in rural and remote communities in BC's Interior

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University of British Columbia

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Defining and detecting traumatic events and symptoms in autism

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University of British Columbia

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Determining the molecular basis of fragile X disorders

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University of British Columbia

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Promoting workplace psychological health and safety of the nursing workforce in the long-term care sector

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University of British Columbia

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Molecular mechanisms of sensing and repairing dysfunctional mitochondria

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University of British Columbia

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SCI pharmacovigilance: A drug safety platform to improve neurologic outcomes in spinal cord injury

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University of British Columbia

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Implementation of a Canadian willingness to cross program: A strategy to increase access to kidney transplantation for highly sensitized patients

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University of Victoria

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Developing patient-specific technologies to improve functional outcomes following joint replacement

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University of Northern British Columbia

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Cellular and molecular determinants of myelination across the lifespan

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Trinity Western University

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Responding to the truth and reconciliation calls to action in healthcare through the arts as a way of knowing, disrupting and healing

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Simon Fraser University

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Exploring mechanisms, pathways, and mitigation strategies to prevent loneliness, social isolation, and their deleterious health impacts

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University of British Columbia

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Leveraging TCR reactivity using viruses and vaccines to improve CAR T therapy

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Simon Fraser University

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Informing the future of primary care: Virtual care, workforce optimization and the learning health system

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Partner: Parkinson Society British Columbia

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Simon Fraser University

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Organelle signalling in stem cell identity specification

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University of Victoria

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The impact of parasites and microbes on immunity at mammalian mucosal surfaces

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University of Victoria

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Addressing food insecurity and the double burden of malnutrition in a changing climate

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University of British Columbia

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Smart discharges to improve post-discharge survival in young infants following admission for infection

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Simon Fraser University

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Understanding human genome regulation through robust and multi-scale reference chromatin state annotations across hundreds of human cell types

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University of Victoria

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Exploring the role of insulin in regulating female reproductive health and age-related reproductive decline

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Partner: Parkinson Society British Columbia

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University of British Columbia

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Unlocking the competitive potential of pluripotent stem cells: Towards novel stem cell therapeutics

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University of Victoria

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Childhood obesity management using innovative digital technology

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University of British Columbia

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Couples' perinatal sexual health and well-being

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University of British Columbia

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Systems transformation for health equity: The PHAIRNESS Research Program

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Vancouver Island University

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Biomarkers and interventions for mild traumatic brain injury and intimate partner violence

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University of British Columbia

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The ADAPT Project: Adaptation, Development, and Positive Trajectories in the context of childhood adversity

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