BC SUPPORT Unit announces P2P Award recipients

8 January 2018

The BC SUPPORT Unit has announced the recipients of the first P2P (Pathway to Patient-Oriented Research) Awards, designed to build and strengthen capacity for patient-oriented research in BC.

Offered in partnership with MSFHR, the P2P Awards provide up to $20,000 to support BC-based health research teams as they pilot and test the feasibility of their patient-oriented research projects in order to strengthen future grant applications on major national and international funding competitions.

In this inaugural year, five research teams have been awarded P2P funding to pilot projects ranging from exercise interventions in patients with multiple sclerosis, to studying the effectiveness of medical respite for older homeless persons not ill enough to justify staying in a hospital bed, but too sick or frail to recover on the streets or in a traditional shelter.

MSFHR is pleased to bring its deep knowledge of health research funding and the health research system in BC to this program and we look forward to ongoing collaboration with the BC SUPPORT Unit. For this inaugural competition, the Foundation provided expertise in the development of the P2P Award program as well as ongoing award administration services.

For more information on this program, please visit the BC SUPPORT Unit website or email info@bcsupportunit.ca.

2018 P2P Award recipients

Steps towards an evidence-based exercise intervention in patients with multiple sclerosis

  • Researcher co-lead: Dr. Jodie Gawryluk
  • Patient co-lead: Mrs. Laureen Harrison
  • Host institution: University of Victoria
Midwife-assisted, online cognitive behaviour therapy for fear of childbirth

  • Researcher co-lead: Dr. Nichole Fairbrother
  • Patient co-lead: Dr. Melanie O’Neill
  • Host institution: University of British Columbia
RAISE (Raising Infants to be Smart Eaters) pilot study

  • Researcher co-lead: Dr. Ilona Hale
  • Patient co-lead: Ms. Megan Purcell
  • Host institution: Interior Health Authority
Quality indicators for joint replacement rehabilitation: Testing feasibility and agreement for data collection methods

  • Researcher co-lead: Dr. Marie Westby
  • Patient co-lead: Ms. Cheryl Koehn
  • Host institution: University of British Columbia
Determining the feasibility of a medical respite intervention study for older homeless patients in Vancouver, BC

  • Researcher co-lead: Dr. Andrew Wister
  • Patient co-lead: Ms. Chris Danielsen
  • Host institution: Simon Fraser University