Partnerships create new research opportunities

19 November 2015

Every year, MSFHR receives more high-calibre applications than we are able to fund. By working with partner organizations to identify projects that address shared priorities, we are able to increase the number of awards granted.

In the 2015 Trainee Program competition, partnerships enabled us to co-fund 12 post-doctoral fellowship awards across a wide spectrum of health issues. For the recipients, these partnered awards have been a difference-maker.

“If it weren't for the MSFHR/Pacific Alzheimer Research Foundation Trainee Award, I would not be in academia now, and our test for Alzheimer's Disease would have gone dormant.” says 2015 Trainee Dr. Brett Eyford.

Dr. Mariya Cherkasova, also a 2015 Trainee, credits the MSFHR/Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation Trainee Award with energizing her work. The award’s salary support allows Cherkasova to devote her undivided attention to research, and the travel allowance creates new opportunities to share her results.

“It has also increased my visibility among my colleagues and allowed me to meet other MSFHR award holders – brilliant people from whom I have learned so much!” adds Cherkasova.

Scholar awards are another key means for our partners to help support excellence in health research in their priority areas.

Spinal cord injury researcher Dr. Christopher West says his 2014 MSFHR/Rick Hansen Institute Scholar Award is vital to his career development.

“It’s allowed me to make the transition from post-doctoral researcher into an assistant professorship. What this allows me to do now is … have my own research students, and really direct a program of research,” he says.

In fact, post-doctoral researcher Dr. Malihe-Sadat Poormasjedi-Meibod, a 2015 MSFHR/Rick Hansen Institute/ICORD Trainee, joined West’s lab in 2015 to help build his program.

For West, the benefits of a partnered award extend beyond funding.

“By being partnered with the Rick Hansen Institute, I can access other research centres across the country and really expand the number of participants I can recruit and, therefore, the impact the research can have,” he says.

MSFHR’s partners are helping these and many other outstanding researchers to develop new treatments and cures, respond to emerging health issues, and improve the delivery of health care.

Partners who have joined forces with us in funding other current Scholars and Trainees also include:

MSFHR extends our thanks to these organizations for helping us support outstanding researchers and build a vibrant health research community in BC.

Organizations looking to grow research in their priority areas are invited to consider partnering with MSFHR in 2016 on one of our Scholar or Trainee awards. Contact us for more details.