MSFHR announces 2015 Trainee Award recipients
Forty-nine exceptional young researchers have been named recipients of post-doctoral fellowship awards through MSFHR’s 2015 Research Trainee funding competition.
These up-and-coming investigators represent a bright future for health research in British Columbia. Their innovative projects span a broad range of disciplines and will help to address important health challenges for the benefit of all British Columbians.
Thirteen of this year’s awards are jointly funded in partnership with BC-based health charities, health authorities, and not-for-profit organizations. MSFHR is pleased to partner with the following organizations to support research directly relevant to their respective mandates:
- BC Cancer Foundation
- Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation
- Pacific Alzheimer Research Foundation
- Rick Hansen Institute/International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries
- Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
Advancing patient-oriented research
MSFHR is actively supporting several provincial and national initiatives aimed at enhancing how patient-oriented research is conducted.
- MSFHR and CIHR have each committed $500,000 over five years to support the recently launched BC Primary Health Care Research Network (BC-PHCRN). BC-PHCRN is one of 12 networks being developed across Canada to support evidence-informed transformation of primary and integrated health care.
- We have committed up to $500,000 over five years to support networks with BC-based applicants funded through CIHR’s SPOR Networks in Chronic Disease competition.
- We are also providing services to enable the start-up phase of a BC SUPPORT Unit for patient-oriented research. (Read the latest SUPPORT Unit updates)
These investments will increase the responsiveness of BC’s health research system to provincial priorities by establishing supportive structures and fostering connections between researchers and research users.
Partnership spotlight: Knowledge broker helps engage youth in research
Teens are getting directly involved in health research through KidsCan, a youth-engagement initiative co-funded by MSFHR and the Wall Solutions Initiative.
Based at the Child & Family Research Institute, KidsCan works with teens between ages 14 and 17 to develop solutions to health challenges facing their peer group. A major focus to date has been reducing childhood obesity and promoting healthy habits among children using a smartphone-based game that rewards physical activity.
As part of MSFHR’s commitment to building knowledge translation capacity in BC, the Foundation funded knowledge broker Manil Chowdhury to be embedded within the KidsCan project. Chowdhury facilitates interactions between KidsCan and interested researchers in addition to supporting the implementation and evaluation of knowledge translation activities.
BC team funded to study influenza prevention policy
A new MSFHR-funded research project will evaluate the effectiveness of British Columbia’s province-wide influenza prevention policy for health care workers.
Since 2012, BC health care workers have been required to receive the seasonal influenza vaccine or wear a mask in patient care areas. Led by co-investigators Michelle Murti (Fraser Health) and Monika Naus (BC Centre for Disease Control), the funded research team will examine this policy’s impact on absenteeism rates among BC health care workers.
From idea to impact
In the second issue of Spark, we look at how four MSFHR-supported researchers have transformed made-in-BC ideas into products and policies that are improving health worldwide.
Their experiences reveal British Columbia’s tremendous potential for research with global impact, as well as the myriad challenges awaiting researchers who wish to bring locally produced innovations to market or clinical practice.
- Brian Kwon (2007 Scholar) is the inaugural recipient of the Marcel Dvorak Chair in Spine Trauma VGH. The appointment will support Dr. Kwon to undertake activities that span the continuum of research from basic scientific discovery in the lab to human clinical trials for spinal cord injury and spine trauma.
- Adeera Levin (2015 Aubrey J. Tingle Prize) has been named to the Order of Canada. Dr. Levin is a world-renowned nephrologist whose research career has focused on early kidney disease, anemia and cardiovascular disease in kidney patients.
- Stuart Peacock (2006 Scholar; 2006 and 2010 Partnership Awards) is the newly appointed Leslie Diamond Chair in Cancer Survivorship at the Simon Fraser University Faculty of Health Sciences. The position will enable Dr. Peacock to lead a coordinated research effort that aims to enhance the experience and health of individuals who are entering or transitioning out of cancer care.
- Lindsey Richardson (2014 Scholar) has received the Innovation and Translational Research Award presented by Providence Health Care Research Institute and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. The award will support Dr. Richardson to study the potential impacts of alternative income assistance schedules on drug-related harm in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.