2022 Research Trainee award recipients

The 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. We are pleased to name 45 exceptional BC-based health researchers as this year’s award recipients.

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University of British Columbia

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Medulloblastoma plasma membrane proteomics to inform optimal immunotherapy design

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University of British Columbia

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Advancing anti-colonial implementation science and knowledge translation with the xacqanaǂ itkiniǂ (Many Ways of Working on the Same Thing) research team

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University of British Columbia

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Transforming prisons and improving health outcomes for people who use drugs: An evaluation of BC’s prison-based therapeutic community

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University of British Columbia

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Regulation of anabolic metabolism in anti-tumour T cells

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University of British Columbia

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Sex specific characterization of microRNAs in fibroadipogenic progenitors in cancer cachexia

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Host institution

University of Victoria

Partner(s) 

BC Schizophrenia Society Foundation 

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Outcomes of a ketogenic dietary intervention on the gut microbiome-microglial brain axis and schizophrenia-like behaviour in mice exposed to a double-hit immune challenge

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Host institution

University of British Columbia

Partner(s) 

BC Schizophrenia Society Foundation 

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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on access to adequate care for serious mental disorders in British Columbia

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University of British Columbia

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Pain and healthcare experiences of sex and gender minority citizens living with chronic pain in Canada

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University of British Columbia

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The association of genetic risk factors with morphology and outcomes in interstitial lung disease

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University of British Columbia

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Cryo-EM studies of activators and inhibitors of KCNQ1 and KCNQ1:KCNE1 channel complexes

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University of Victoria

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Fibrinogen promotes a microglial-mediated inflammatory response following adolescent repetitive mild traumatic brain injury

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University of British Columbia

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Predictive biomarkers for ovarian cancer treatment: Analysis of patient of derived xenografts under treatment at single cell resolution

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University of British Columbia

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Air pollution as a modulator of molecular, structural, and clinical outcomes in patients with fibrotic interstitial lung disease

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University of British Columbia

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Proteome-wide mechanisms of hyperinsulinemia and sucrose-induced, tissue-specific insulin resistance

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University of British Columbia

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Cholesteryl ester transfer protein-mediated regulation of HDL cholesterol levels and clinical outcomes in sepsis

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University of British Columbia

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Exploration through movement variability: How does the presence of pain affect the movement variability-adaptation process of walking?

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University of British Columbia

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A novel stem cell model for human islet development and cytoarchitecture

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University of British Columbia

Partner(s) 

CLEAR Foundation 

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In vitro diagnostics for frontotemporal dementia

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University of British Columbia

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The relationship between the cortico-reticulospinal tract and motor function in stroke survivors

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Simon Fraser University

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Engagement in opioid agonist therapy and risk for repeat overdose in people living with and without HIV who experienced a nonfatal opioid overdose: Providing insight to improve clinical care

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Team members

Host institution

University of British Columbia

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Evaluating the role and therapeutic value of Asparagine Endopeptidase (AEP) in prostate cancer

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University of British Columbia

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Roles of the Lysine Methyl Transferase (KMT) 2d in hepatocyte identity and hepatocellular carcinoma progression

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Host institution

University of British Columbia

Partner(s) 

Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences 

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Multimodal characterization and classification of bio-signals to predict cardiac arrest

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Host institution

University of British Columbia

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Mitotic bookmarking by transcription factors as a mechanism of transcriptional memory

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University of Victoria

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The impact of olfactory dysfunction on social and mental health

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University of British Columbia

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Impact of a combined exercise and counselling intervention on mental health in people with spinal cord injury who live with chronic pain: A psychobiological approach

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University of British Columbia

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The role of Baf53b in regulating neuronal gene expression and autism behaviours across development

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Host institution

University of British Columbia

Partner(s) 

Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences 

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Determination of the optimal SARS-CoV-2 vaccination strategy to achieve a robust and long-lasting immune response

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Host institution

University of British Columbia

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The role of the innate immune system in hypoxic ischemic brain injury post cardiac arrest

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Simon Fraser University

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Improving genomic epidemiology methodologies and practice through interdisciplinary data integration and analysis

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University of British Columbia

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Unravelling the complexity of familial influences that shape children's obesity-related behaviors over time

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University of British Columbia

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Buddy Up for men’s mental health: Engaging men through mutual help and social connection

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Simon Fraser University

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Examining stress mediated profibrotic response in HCM associated TNNT2 variants

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University of British Columbia

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Making room at the table: Understanding the mealtime experiences of racialized residents and their families in long-term care

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University of British Columbia

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Dissecting heterogeneity in COPD: A functional imaging-guided-omics study

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University of British Columbia

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Improving access to breastfeeding support in British Columbia: Needs assessment of a virtual health intervention

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University of British Columbia

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Defining optimal pregnancy weight gain ranges for Canadian women

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Host institution

University of British Columbia

Partner(s) 

International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD) 

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Transcutaneous spinal cord stimulation for treating neurogenic bladder dysfunction following spinal cord injury

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University of British Columbia

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Scaling-up a community-based diabetes prevention program: A longitudinal matrixed multiple case study to examine implementation context

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Simon Fraser University

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Mechanisms underlying syncope: Defining the role of postural sway and gastric distension, and investigating the possibility of a cerebral trigger

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Host institution

University of Northern British Columbia

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Envisioning urban Indigenous-led pathways to mental wellness through community-based research in the interior of British Columbia and new partner engagement in the north

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BC Cancer

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Molecular determinants of pathogenesis and clinical outcomes in high-grade B-cell lymphoma

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Host institution

University of British Columbia

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Smart Discharges for Mom+Baby: Saving mother-newborn dyads by developing a predictive risk model to identify vulnerable dyads and guide delivery of post-discharge care

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Host institution

University of British Columbia

Partner(s)

  • Centre for Heart Lung Innovation
  • St. Paul's Foundation

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Innate immune mechanisms of viral myocarditis: Role of the cytosolic DNA-sensing pathway

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Host institution

University of British Columbia

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Advanced multi-functional in vivo retinal imaging for ocular oncology

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