2018 Research Trainee award recipients

The MSFHR Research Trainee Program supports health researchers in the training phase of their research career to enable career development and the long-term success of the BC health research landscape.

MSFHR is pleased to name 34 exceptional BC health researchers as 2018 Research Trainee award recipients in areas ranging from Alzheimer's disease and antibiotic resistance to HPV vaccination.

Researcher Project title Research pillar Research location
Peter Axerio-Cilies Re-establishing cognitive function in models of mental illness by boosting neural activity in the prefrontal cortex
Co-funded with BC Schizophrenia Society Foundation
Biomedical University of British Columbia
Matilde Balbi High-throughput automated mouse model to pilot translational brain stimulation during recovery from stroke Biomedical University of British Columbia
Kiffer Card Optimizing PrEP and TasP adherence among substance using gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men Population health University of Victoria
Ka-Yee (Grace) Choi Using host defense peptides and their synthetic analogs as alternative therapy for chronic infection caused by multi-drug resistant organisms
Co-funded with Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation
Biomedical University of British Columbia
Elizabeth Cooper A holistic approach to mental health and community wellbeing: Exploring historical trauma with Indigenous youth and families through the use of Indigenous and qualitative research methods Health services University of the Fraser Valley
Robine Donken 3, 2, 1… Might one dose of HPV vaccine be enough to prevent HPV-associated cancer? Population health BC Children's Hospital Research Institute
Olivier Ferlatte Improving substance use care for gay, lesbian and bisexual youth in British Columbia Population health BC Centre on Substance Use
Sang-Soo Han Developing effective antimicrobials using novel quorum quenching enzymes Biomedical Michael Smith Laboratories
Paul Hanson Personalizing myocarditis diagnostics through novel biomarkers Clinical Centre for Heart Lung Innovation
Genelle Healey Therapeutic efficacy of a novel enteral nutrition strategy in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease Clinical BC Children's Hospital Research Institute
Katharina Held Regulation of the ion channel TRPM3 by reactive oxygen species (ROS) and the implications on brain functions and diseases
Co-funded with Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation
Biomedical University of British Columbia
Yusuke Inoue Defining mechanisms of lineage transformation in lung cancer to combat resistance to targeted therapies Biomedical BC Cancer
Jasmin Ma Improving resistance training in people with rheumatoid arthritis: A foundational behaviour change science approach Clinical Arthritis Research Canada
Yoan Machado Hernandez Identification of proteolytic signatures elicited by allergen-derived proteases and their role in allergic sensitization Biomedical University of British Columbia
James McCoy Tying the gut in knots: Characterizing how pathogenic E. coli transform the gut cell landscape Biomedical Michael Smith Laboratories
Yannick Molgat-Seon Investigating the role of skeletal muscle dysfunction on dyspnea and exercise intolerance in interstitial lung disease
Co-funded with the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation – Providence Health Care Research Institute and St. Paul's Foundation 
Clinical University of British Columbia
Tom Nightingale Cerebrovascular burden and cognitive impairment after spinal cord injury
Co-funded with ICORD
Clinical ICORD
Emily Park A microfluidic cell migration assay enabling anticancer drug testing of patient-derived tumor cells Biomedical Vancouver Prostate Centre
Daniel Pletzer Overcoming antibiotic resistance with anti-biofilm peptides Biomedical University of British Columbia
C Sarai Racey Increasing HPV vaccine uptake in grade 6 girls and boys in the school-based immunization program in British Columbia Health services University of British Columbia
Stefanie Rezansoff The impact of opioid agonist treatment on antipsychotic adherence among justice-involved patients in British Columbia Health services Simon Fraser University
Alex Rodriguez Identifying oncogenic signaling pathways that mediate immune exclusion in ovarian cancer Biomedical BC Cancer
Carmine Rossi Population-level impact of hepatitis C virus (HCV) direct-acting antiviral therapies on extrahepatic manifestations Population health BC Centre for Disease Control
Jane Ru Choi Rapid selection and sequencing of single circulating tumour cells in prostate cancer Biomedical University of British Columbia
Laura Schummers Mifepristone outcomes study: Examining abortion access, outcomes, and costs following the introduction of mifepristone Health services BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre
Robert Selles Determining best practices in CBT implementation for pediatric OCD Clinical BC Children's Hospital Research Institute
Stephanie Sellers Structural valve degeneration in bioprosthetic heart valves
Co-funded with the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation – Providence Health Care Research Institute and St. Paul's Foundation
Clinical Centre for Heart Lung Innovation
Junyan Shi Targeting the complement system in Alzheimer’s disease Clinical Centre for Heart Lung Innovation
Serena Singh Alpha-synuclein and its modified forms as biomarkers for dementia with Lewy bodies
Co-funded with Pacific Parkinson's Research Institute
Clinical University of British Columbia
Matthew Stork Incorporating practical, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) into the workplace: Examining the impact on physiological and psychological health, absenteeism, and work productivity Clinical University of British Columbia Okanagan
Samrat Thouta Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP): A new model for mechanistic and therapeutic investigation Biomedical Michael Smith Laboratories
Elena Viganò JAK-STAT pathway mutations in B-cell lymphomas: Implications for the tumour microenvironment and treatment failure Biomedical BC Cancer
Jeremy Walsh Effect of exogenous ketone supplementation on brain blood flow, metabolism, and cognitive function in Type II Diabetes Clinical University of British Columbia Okanagan
Kellie Woll Defining the dynamics behind ryanodine receptor function using malignant hyperthermia mutant channel Biomedical University of British Columbia