MSFHR celebrates 2015 Trainee Award recipients

18 November 2015

The bright future of BC’s health research enterprise was on display November 16 as MSFHR brought together partners, colleagues, and stakeholders to celebrate the 2015 MSFHR Trainee Award recipients and Dr. Adeera Levin, the 2015 Aubrey J. Tingle prize winner.

The 48 post-doctoral fellows funded through this year’s competition and Dr. Levin were honoured at a special event hosted by MSFHR at Vancouver’s VanDusen Botanical Garden.

“It’s really an honour for us to see the future capacity and opportunity that’s in this room,” Dr. John O’Neil, chair of MSFHR's Board of Directors, told the invited guests. “We recognize that all of you in this room make up what is an incredibly vibrant health research environment in British Columbia.”

The 2015 trainees will help to address important health challenges for the benefit of all British Columbians through innovative projects spanning a wide spectrum of health disciplines.

Since 2001, MSFHR has invested more than $43 million in trainees, granting more than 1,200 individual awards. The impact of these awards is felt in a number of ways, including increased productivity of research programs and recruitment from outside British Columbia.

In her remarks, MSFHR President & CEO Dr. Diane Finegood paid tribute to the important role of funding partners in expanding the number of awards MSFHR can offer.

“Their commitment has allowed us to work together to support the careers of world-class researchers and to build health capacity in BC,” she said.

In the 2015 Trainee competition, partnerships enabled MSFHR to co-fund 12 awards across a wide spectrum of health issues.

“It’s extremely important for us to be able to leverage the funding we get from government and extend the range of fellowships, so thank you to the community partners who have helps us achieve this,” said Dr. O’Neil.

MSFHR’s 2016 Trainee Program competition is now accepting applications. Letters of intent are due December 4, and full applications must be submitted by February 9. Competition guidelines and instructions are available on MSFHR's website.

The evening was capped off by the presentation of the 2015 Aubrey J. Tingle Prize to renowned nephrologist Dr. Adeera Levin. In her remarks to the guests, Levin offered perspectives on innovations in kidney care and research.

“I hope that one of the things that you take away is that if you put the patients first and you integrate the perspective of the patient, the clinician, and the scientist, and collaborate in all the different aspects, I think you can get somewhere quite different,” she said.

Nominations for the 2016 Aubrey J. Tingle Prize will open on November 30.