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CFRI Investigators awarded Canada Research Chairs

November 25, 2010
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Dr. Liisa Holsti was awarded a new Canada Research Chair in Neonatal Health and Development. Dr. Holsti is a Clinician Scientist at CFRI and Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia. The goals of Dr. Holsti's research program are to understand the behavioural and physiological effects of the environment, such as painful or stressful procedures, on preterm infant development; to develop accurate assessments with which to evaluate the impact of these procedures; and to find the most effective ways to minimize the deleterious effects of the environment on the developing neonate.

Dr. Steven Miller was awarded a new Canada Research Chair in Neonatal Neuroscience. Dr. Miller is a Senior Clinician Scientist at CFRI and an Associate Professor in the Division of Neurology, Department of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia. The objective of Dr. Miller's research is to understand when and why brain injury occurs in premature and critically ill newborns and, more specifically, to fully characterize the consequences of abnormal brain development and white matter injury (WMI) in the premature newborn in vivo.

Additionally, renewed Canada Research Chairs were announced for Dr. Ron Barr, Dr. Geoffrey Hammond and Dr. Glen Tibbits

Dr. Ron Barr's Canada Research Chair in Community Child Health Research was renewed. Dr. Barr is co-head of the Developmental Neurosciences & Child Health cluster at CFRI and a Professor of Pediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Much of Dr. Barr's research is aimed at preventing shaken baby syndrome by focusing on how educational materials increase knowledge and behaviours of new mothers.

Dr. Geoffrey Hammond's Canada Research Chair in Reproductive Health was renewed. Dr. Hammond is the Deputy Director of CFRI and a senior member of the UBC Faculty of Medicine. A pioneer in this field of research, Dr. Hammond is recognized as one of the world's experts in the ways that extracellular steroid-binding proteins modify the bio-availability of steroid hormones. His work over 25 years has shown how two unrelated, high-affinity steroid-binding proteins, sex hormonebinding globulin (SHBG) and corticosteroid-binding globulin (CBG), influence this important process.

Dr. Glen Tibbits's Canada Research Chair in Molecular Cardiac Physiology was renewed. Dr. Tibbits is a Scientist Level 3 at CFRI and a Professor of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University. In his second term as CRC in Molecular Cardiac Physiology, Dr. Tibbits will continue to conduct world-class work focusing on the two themes of his research program: comparative cardiac physiology and neonate/developmental cardiac physiology.

In addition to the above, Dr. Jehannine Austin, a Research Scientist at BC Mental Health & Addiction Research Institute and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Department of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia, was awarded a new Canada Research Chair in Translational Psychiatric Genetics. Dr. Austin is also a consultant with CFRI. Through her research, Dr. Austin is interested in finding ways to make advances in the understanding of the genetic contribution to major mental illnesses clinically relevant for affected families, particularly in how families respond to receiving education about genetics as it relates to the psychiatric illness.

[Canada Research Chairs news release] 

Last Updated: 12/13/2010