2019 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 35 exceptional BC health researchers as 2019 Research Trainee award recipients in areas ranging from stroke rehabilitation to improving sepsis outcomes.

Researcher Project title Research pillar Research location
Vijay Akhade Investigating noncoding RNA networks in hematopoiesis Biomedical BC Cancer Research Centre
Amirah Aly Development of a novel intranasal oligonucleotide delivery approach for Huntington disease Biomedical BC Children's Hospital Research Institute
Elena Argento Evaluating gender-sensitive interventions for people who use drugs in the context of British Columbia’s overdose crisis Health Services Centre for Gender & Sexual Health Equity
Paxton Bach Prevalence, patterns, and harms associated with the co-injection of illicit opioids and crystal methamphetamine Population Health BC Centre on Substance Use
Julianne Barry Can Blending Western and Traditional Knowledge Improve Diabetes and Obesity Health in Urban Indigenous Communities? Health Services UBC – Okanagan
Brittany Carr When poor construction leads to destruction: How do structural defects in the light-sensing cells of the eye cause blindness? Biomedical University of British Columbia
Hiu Mei Chow Studying motion processing with eye movements in healthy older adults and patients with ophthalmic diseases Biomedical University of British Columbia
Hashem Etayash Small molecules for bad bacteria: Novel peptidomimetics to battle resilient clinical infections Biomedical University of British Columbia
May Farrales Making Healthy Connections: A Critical Anti-Racist and Decolonizing Geography of Immigrant and Indigenous Relations in Northern British Columbia Population Health University of Northern British Columbia
Daniel Gamu Role of the Histone Acetyltransferases p300/CBP in Brown Adipose Tissue Adaptive Thermogenesis Biomedical BC Children's Hospital Research Institute
Kelly Genga Improving sepsis outcomes with anti-PCSK9 monoclonal antibody therapy Clinical Centre for Heart Lung Innovation
Amy Glenwright Structural basis of novel strategies for the inhibition of AmpC-mediated beta-lactam antibiotic resistance in the opportunistic, nosocomial pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biomedical University of British Columbia
Oralia Gómez-Ramírez Examining how contextual factors and health equity considerations shape the implementation of an internet-based testing service for sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections Health Services BC Centre for Disease Control
Stephanie Harvard Value Judgments in Health Economics Modelling for Primary Care: Towards Patient and Public Partnership in BC Health Services Simon Fraser University
Ryan Hulteen A Lifespan Approach Towards Understanding the Importance of Movement Skills for Health-Enhancing Physical Activity Participation Population Health University of British Columbia
Himanshu Kaul Generating tissue capable of forming blood-progenitor cells at clinical scales Biomedical UBC Biomedical Research Centre
Jiyoung Kim HEARTBiT: A novel multi-marker blood test for management of acute cardiac allograft rejection Biomedical Centre for Heart Lung Innovation
Vicki Komisar Design and evaluation of an evidence-based exercise program to enhance protective responses for avoiding fall-related traumatic brain injury in older adults Clinical Simon Fraser University
Adrian Lai Personalised tools and stimulations in rehabilitation: linking clinical measures of motor recovery and mobility post-stroke with gait performance and functional outcomes of an intervention Clinical GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre
Shenghui Liang Generation of fully mature, functional islet-like organoids from human pluripotent stem cells in vitro Biomedical University of British Columbia
Yale Michaels Engineering stem cells to improve adaptive immune function Biomedical University of British Columbia
Huah Shin Ng Disease-modifying Drug Safety and Effectiveness in Multiple Sclerosis [DRUMS] Population Health University of British Columbia
Emmanuel Osei Assessing Small Airway Disease Heterogeneity in Asthma to Identify Novel Therapeutic Targets Biomedical Centre for Heart Lung Innovation
Sue Peters Driving Brain Recovery and Enhanced Community Walking with Dual-Task Training After Stroke Clinical GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre
Maryam Rahimi-Balaei Investigating the Role of MicroRNAs on Granule Cell Development during Mouse Cerebellar Development Biomedical Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT)
Adam Raymakers Improving the methods of economic evaluation to support decision-making: CAR-T, uncertainty, and real-world evidence Health Services BC Cancer 
Hudson Reddon Investigating the impact of evolving cannabis access and use on high-risk drug use behaviours and addiction treatment Population Health BC Centre on Substance Use
Tomas Richardson-Sanchez Investigating components of a Campylobacter jejuni iron uptake system to inform antimicrobial strategies. Biomedical University of British Columbia
Rahul Sachdeva Non-invasive Neuroprosthesis for Cardiovascular Recovery Following Spinal Cord Injury Biomedical International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (iCORD)
Michele Schaeffer The effects of 60% oxygen during exercise training in patients with fibrotic interstitial lung disease

Co-funded with Centre for Heart Lung Innovation - Providence Health Care Research Institute  and the St. Paul's Foundation
Clinical Centre for Heart Lung Innovation
Sorabh Sharma New strategies for unclogging microcirculatory obstructions in the healthy and diabetic brain Biomedical University of Victoria 
Marine Theret Role of TAK1 in resident fibro/adipogenic progenitors. A Key modulator of the inflammatory milieu and a therapeuthic target in chronic diseases Biomedical UBC Biomedical Research Centre
Michelle Wong Protein-energy wasting: prevalence and treatment outcomes among patients with advanced chronic kidney disease in British Columbia Clinical BC Provincial Renal Agency
Stephen Wright Impact of Hypertension on Lung-Heart Interaction in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Clinical UBC– Okanagan
Haifeng Zhang Identification of IL1RAP as a novel oncoprotein and therapeutic target in Ewing sarcoma

Co-funded with the Lotte & John Hecht Memorial Foundation
Biomedical BC Cancer