We are pleased to congratulate the BC Children’s Hospital recipients of the 2017 Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar and Research Trainees award.

MSFHR Scholar and Trainee Awards


Congratulations to: 

  • Dr. Joannie Allaire – Project: “IL-37 signaling via SIGIRR: A novel mechanism to suppress intestinal epithelial cell driven inflammation and dysbiosis” Supervisor: Dr. Bruce Vallance
  • Dr. Shugo Sasaki – Project: “Protecting insulin-producing beta cell transplants from death and dysfunction” Co-funded with BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Supervisor: Dr. Francis Lynn
  • Dr. Sarka Lisonkova – Project: “Improving maternal and perinatal health outcomes in high risk mothers” Research Theme: Healthy Starts
  • Dr. Britt Drogemoller – Project: “Unraveling the genetics of severe reactions to chemotherapy: Moving towards maximum benefit with minimal harm” Supervisor: Dr. Colin Ross
  • Dr. Hind Sbihi – Project: “Early-life environmental exposures and development of childhood asthma” Co-funded with AllerGen. Supervisor: Dr. Stuart Turvey

The MSFHR Scholar and Trainee programs work in tandem to support the long-term success of the BC health research landscape. The Trainee Program provides salary support for health researchers in the training phase of their research career, while the Scholar Program focuses on researchers who are building cutting-edge health research programs, training junior scientists and expanding their potential to make significant contributions to their field. Together, these awards help support the development and retention of BC’s research talent.

Most of the investigators who were successful in these competitions benefited from the expertise of Dr. Dawn McArthur, Director, Research & Technology Development and the Research & Technology Development Office (RTDO) team. On behalf of BCCHR, we would like to thank RTDO for their commitment and support.