Scholar Awards an investment in health of British Columbians

10 July 2012

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2012 research scholar funding competition.

Of the more than 100 applicants, MSFHR has funded 23 scholar awards that will support researchers establishing or building research programs. Our scholars are addressing critical health issues — everything from examining how the proteins that cause neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s could be blocked or modified to looking at how highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) could be used to halt the spread of the HIV virus.

“Excellent health researchers and the work they do are at the core of the good health we enjoy today as British Columbians,” said Dr. Diane Finegood, MSFHR president & CEO. “Their research is also integral to tackling the health challenges we face in the future. Our investment in these 23 exceptional health researchers offers a great return on investment for our province.”

The Foundation is funded primarily by the BC government, with a mandate to strengthen BC’s health research enterprise. From seeking a cure for childhood diabetes, to HPV vaccine research, to helping patients in remote communities better manage chronic diseases at home, the Foundation supports health research that benefits thousands of families.

“Health research is an important investment for our government,” said Health Minister Michael de Jong. “A commitment to health research is a commitment to advancing the health of B.C. families as well as generating hundreds of jobs in the field of health science ranging from students through to well-established researchers who are addressing critical health issues.”

Thanks to the BC government, MSFHR’s award competitions have funded nearly 1,500 awards since 2001 — from trainees through well-established investigators — who are working to resolve health and health system challenges. The Foundation also funds research teams, supports research projects, and brings together BC’s universities, health authorities, non-profit organizations and government for health research planning and action.