The BC Schizophrenia Society Foundation raises funds for schizophrenia research and the programs and services offered by BC Schizophrenia Society.

BCSSF’s mission is to improve the quality of life for those affected by schizophrenia and psychosis through education, support, public policy and research. The Society and its Foundation both vigorously promote schizophrenia research, and encourage funders in their support for young scientists who want to study schizophrenia here in British Columbia.This is an important and much-needed contribution to the field.Together, BCSSF and donors have raised more than $2.2 million dollars for research projects to date — the value of which is doubled through matching grants from other sources to individual researchers.

Most recently, BCSSF has partnered with the Diana Hsu Memorial Endowment Fund (DHMEF) to co-fund a 2016 MSFHR Trainee award. Diana Hsu suffered from schizophrenia and became aware of the lack of effective treatment for schizophrenia and the lack of research funds available for the illness. She learned that because of the associated stigma, schizophrenia research was drastically under funded compared to other major illnesses. It was her belief that better understanding, increased awareness, and more effective treatment could only come through scientific research. Upon Diana’s death, an endowment was established to fund research related to schizophrenia, and her family remains active in supporting and engaging with the schizophrenia research community.   

Funding interests

Award types

Research Trainee


Research interests

  • schizophrenia
  • psychosis

Awards

2021

Recipient

Rafal Skiba

Award type

Research Trainee award


Project title

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

2018


Award type

Research Trainee award


Project title

Re-establishing cognitive function in models of mental illness by boosting neural activity in the prefrontal cortex

2016

Recipient

Mieke van Holstein

Award type

Research Trainee award


Project title

Flicking the switch: cross-species translation of rapid context-based switching between tasks

2014

Recipient

Leigh Anne Swayne

Award type

Scholar award


Project title

Ion channels: Molecular determinants of health and disease in the head and heart

2013

Recipient

Alfredo Ramos

Award type

REsearch Trainee award


Project title

Screening and development of molecules targeting presynaptic SNARE protein-protein interactions as novel pharmacological strategy in schizophrenia and other mental illnesses

Recipient

Anita Cote

Award type

Research Trainee award


Project title

Mechanisms of cardiovascular disease in children with mental health conditions