Funding Awards

Congratulations to the following highly qualified trainees pursuing research that has a direct relevance to improving the health of children and families. Funding is intended to give these promising trainees the start they need in their research careers.

The BC Children's Hospital research community would like to acknowledge the following groups for supporting training opportunities on the Oak Street Campus -
BC Children's Hospital Foundation
  Canucks for Kids Fund
Centre for International Child Health   Michael Cuccione Foundation
Community Child Health Endowment
Research Themes: Childhood DiseasesHealthy Starts,
Evidence to Innovation
, The M.I.N.D.


Graduate Studentships


Photo - 2016 Recipients: Left to right: Avery Lam, Romy Hoeppli, Justin Chan, Zhengcheng (Leo) He, Mario Fidanza, Nicole Sanford and Mahdi Yousefi

These training awards recognize individuals enrolled in a graduate program who wish to pursue a research career in any health related research area that has direct relevance to improving the health of children and families.

Lisa Decotret, Michael Cuccione Childhood Cancer Foundation Graduate Studentship. Role of protein tyrosine phosphatase alpha (PTPa) in invadopodia formation and function. Pallen Research Team

Kelsie Doering, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute Jan M. Friedman Graduate Studentship. Dissecting the response to oxidative stress to find novel drug targets. Taubert Research Team

Emma Graham, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute Healthy Starts Graduate Studentship. Integration of genetic and metabolomic data for prioritization of causal genes in neurodevelopmental disorders. Mostafavi Research Team

Christina Michalski, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute Graduate Studentship. Enhancing immune defenses of premature neonates through metabolic reprogramming. Lavoie Research Team

Katherine MacDonald, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute Graduate Studentship. Optimization of thymus-derived. Levings & Piret Research Teams

Foujan Pedari, Michael Cuccione Childhood Cancer Foundation Graduate Studentship. CALR regulates JAK/STAT signaling in cell survival and drug resistance in pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Lim Research Team

Lorenz Nierves, Michael Cuccione Childhood Cancer Foundation Graduate Studentship. Discovering unique cell surface-exposed protein termini in pediatric leukemia. Lange Research Team

Phillip Richmond, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute Graduate Studentship. Clinical grade copy number variant calling from whole genome sequencing. Wasserman Research Team

Austin Taylor, Canucks for Kids Fund Childhood Diabetes Laboratories Graduate Studentship. The role of prohormone convertase 1/3 in processing of proinsulin and pro-islet amyloid poplypeptide: implications in diabetes development and prediction. Verchere Research Team

Yuanjie Zou, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute Graduate Studentship. Investigating the importance of lysosomal physiology and pathophysiology in diabetes and islet transplantation. Luciani Research Team

2010 - 2016 Graduate Studentship Recipients


Postdoctoral Fellowships


Photo - 2016 Recipients: Left to right: Dr. Alexander Weber, Dr. Allison Matthews, Dr. Mohamed Elgendi

These training awards recognize individuals with a MD or PhD degree who wish to pursue a research career in any health related research area that has direct relevance to improving the health of children and families.

Dr. Laura Cook, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute Bertram Hoffmeister Postdoctoral Fellowship. Characterizing clostridium difficile toxin-specific CD4+ T cells. Levings Research Team

Dr. Hind Sbihi, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute Mining for Miracles Postdoctoral Fellowship. Targeting green spaces and transportation for childhood asthma prevention: Insights at the genetic level. Turvey Research Team

2010 - 2016 Postdoctoral Fellowships Recipients


Scholars of Excellence Program

These training awards provide exceptional individuals an opportunity to generate an innovative and independent research program under the mentorship of world-class researchers based at BC Children's Hospital.

Dr. Sarah Moore, Research area: Consequences of low socioeconomic status on child achievement and mental health. Kobor & Oberlander Research Teams

Dr. Robert Selles, Research area: Obsessive-compulsive disorder. Stewart Research Team


Clinical & Translational Research Seed Grants



These training awards promote research collaborations between postdoctoral fellows and clinical trainee/clinical investigators on the Oak Street Campus in clinical and translational research projects.

Dr. Meghna Rajaprakash (Subspecialty Resident/Fellow, Department of Pediatrics, BC Children’s Hospital) and Dr. Regula Neuenschwander (Postdoctoral Fellow, Oberlander Research Team). Child and Adolescent Placebo Studies: Neurobiological Underpinnings – Genetic Variants and Executive Functions

Dr. Ali Eslami (New Investigator, Department of Psychiatry, BC Children's Hospital) and Dr. Fern Jasper-Fayer (Postdoctoral Fellow, Stewart Research Team). The Influence of task load on functional networks in pediatric OCD

Dr. Jayson Potts (New Investigator, Department of Internal Medicine, BC Women's Hospital) and Dr. Mohamed Elgendi (Postdoctoral Fellow, K. Lim Research Team). A Pilot Study to Determine the Optimal Finger for Hypertension and Preeclampsia Assessment Using Pulse Oximeter Collection

2014 - 2016 Research Seed Grants


Undergraduate & Medical Summer Studentships


 
These training awards recognize undergraduate students in sciences/allied science program or medical students participating in a researcher project related to child and family health.

Gurpreet Aulakh (UBC Medical Student), Childhood Diseases Summer Studentship. The effect of Epstein· Barr Virus on immune responses in multiple sclerosis. van den Elzen Research Team

Joban Singh Bal (UBC Undergraduate Student), BCCHR Summer Studentship. Defining Sociocognitive Phenotypes in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Tipper Research Team

Mackenzie Campbell (Queen's Undergraduate Student), BCCHR Summer Studentship. Qualitative and Quantitative H-Behaviour Video Analysis Framework Proof of Concept. Ipsiroglu Research Team

Brianna Carrels (UVic Undergraduate Student), BCCHR Summer Studentship. Pancreatic prohormones as biomarkers in type 1 diabetes. Verchere Research Team

Aditya Chhabra (SFU Undergraduate Student), Childhood Diseases Summer Studentship. Molecular Mechanisms of Electrogenesis in the Neonate Heart: Etiology of Junctional Ectopic Tachycardia. Tibbits Research Team

Panteha Eshtiaghi (UBC Medical Student), BCCHR Summer Studentship. Skin monitoring of diabetogenic inflammation. Dutz Research Team

Jollee Fung (UBC Medical Student), Centre for International Child Health Summer Studentship. Designing a quality improvement toolkit to assess sepsis management in low or middle income countries. Kissoon Research Team

Kira Genise (University of Ottawa Medical Student), BCCHR Summer Studentship. The impact of S. pneumoniae colonization on severity and outcomes of viral Bronchiolitis. Murthy Research Team

Thomas Hoang (UBC Undergraduate Student), BCCHR Summer Studentship. Intestinal epithelial inflammasomes: Frontline defenders against Campylobacter jejuni infection. Vallance Research Team

Mehima Kang (Queen's Undergraduate Student), Canucks for Kids Fund Childhood Diabetes Laboratories Summer Studentship. Assessment of Chronic Kidney Disease Following Acute Kidney Injury during Diabetic Ketoacidosis in Children with Type 1 Diabetes. Panagiotopoulos Research Team

Melissa Kong (University of British Columbia Undergraduate Student), Childhood Diseases Summer Studentship. The use of optimized post-contrast enhanced PET/CT to improve diagnostic accuracy, staging, and follow-up of children with cancer. Nadel Research Team

I-Chih Kuo (UBC Undergraduate Student), Healthy Starts Summer Studentships. Unraveling the role of hypoxia in neonatal immune responses. Lavoie Research Team

Lara Lampe (UBC Undergraduate Student), BCCHR Summer Studentship. Determining the effect of naturally occurring gene by environment interactions in shaping the epigenome. Kobor Research Team

Adina Landsberg (McMaster Undergraduate Student), Childhood Diseases Summer Studentship. Urinary metabolite markers of chronic kidney disease in pediatric kidney transplant recipients. Blydt-Hansen Research Team

Tiffany Lee (UBC Medical Student), BCCHR Summer Studentship. Retrospective Chart Review of Male Admissions to the Eating Disorders Program. Coelho Research Team

Michelle Lee (UBC Undergraduate Student), Canucks for Kids Fund Childhood Diabetes Laboratories Summer Studentship. A novel regulatory mechanism of zinc homeostasis. Taubert Research Team

Michelle Lisonek (UBC Undergraduate Student), Healthy Starts Summer Studentships. Endometriosis Deep Dyspareunia and Central Sesitization. Yong Research Team

Alice Liu (UBC Medical Student), BCCHR Summer Studentship. Does 3d Facial Morphology Correlate to the Severity of Sleep Disturbances in Children? Chadha Research Team

Cassandra McDonald (UBC Undergraduate Student), Brain, Behaviour & Development Summer Studentship. Somatic instability of the HTT CAG repeat in frontal cortex neurons in Huntington Disease. Hayden Research Team

Lisa Nakajima (Mcgill Undergraduate Student), Brain, Behaviour & Development Summer Studentship. Stress and cognition in early childhood in infants born very preterm. Grunau Research Team

Samantha Pawer (UBC Undergraduate Student), Evidence to Innovation Summer Studentship. Evaluating which issues influence parents’ decisions to choose genome-wide sequencing for their children. Birch Research Team

Kyle Scoten (Queen's Undergraduate Student), Community Health Summer Studentship. An Investigation of the Efficacy of the Concussion Awareness Training Toolkit Mandated by BC Hockey. Babul Research Team

Kevin Shopsowitz (UBC Medical Student), BCCHR Summer Studentship. Is Aicardi syndrome caused by structural variants of the X chromosome? Friedman Research Team

Benny Tang (UBC Undergraduate Student), BCCHR Summer Studentship. Determining the roles ofTFEB and lysosomal homeostasis in beta-cells and diabetes. Luciani Research Team

Emmanuel Tse (University of Toronto Undergraduate Student), BCCHR Summer Studentship. Video Analysis of Behavioural Expressions to Rate Vigilance- Lessons from Nighttime Vehicle Operating Assessments for Paediatric Patients. Lewis Research Team

Heidi Vieira (UBC Undergraduate Student), BCCHR Summer Studentship. Expression characterization of integrin alpha6 (CD49f) isoforms in triple negative breast cancers. Lim Research Team

Maleeha Virk (National University of Ireland Medical Student), Michael Cuccione Childhood Cancer Research Program Summer Studentship. Aurora Kinase A (AURI<A) Regulation of Cancer Cell Scattering and Metastasis. Maxwell Research Team

Melissa Wan (UBC Medical Student), Evidence to Innovation Summer Studentship. NSQIP reported Surgical Site Infections (SSI) and Elective Plastic Surgery from 2014-2016: Stratifying which patients are at higher risk. Arneja Research Team

Li Qing Wang (UBC Undergraduate Student), Healthy Starts Summer Studentships. Evaluating the association of maternal KIR2DSl, KIR2Dl4, KIR3Dl2 genotypes with chorioamnionitis. Robinson Research Team

Jovi Wong (UBC Medical Student), Brain, Behaviour & Development Summer Studentship. Connectome-informed simulations of pediatric epilepsy surgery. Schrader Research Team

Paul Yen (UBC Medical Student), BCCHR Summer Studentship. Does tissue expansion reconstruction in the trunk of children increase the risk of scoliosis? Verchere Research Team

2016 Summer Studentship Recipients


Mini Med School Summer Studentships

These training awards are intended to provide well-motivated grade 12 students, with records of exceptional academic performance, an opportunity to work closely with Mini Med School Faculty. 

Luxcia Kugathasan (North Surrey Secondary alumni). Kobor Research Team

Morris Huang (RC Palmer Secondary alumni). Kobor Research Team

Jessica Hurworth (Burnaby Mountain Secondary alumni).  Kobor Research Team