Eight Faculty of Medicine researchers are among a group of Canada Research Chairs (CRCs) announced today by the Government of Canada. UBC received funding for a total of 19 chairs, which includes six new CRCs and two renewed CRCs within the Faculty of Medicine.
Established in 2000, the CRC program helps bolster academic research by attracting and retaining world’s brightest scholars and scientists. Chairholders work across a diversity of fields to advance knowledge and discovery, improve quality of life, strengthen Canada’s international competitiveness, and train the next generation of highly skilled talent.
In total, the Government of Canada is investing more than $139 million to support 176 new and renewed Chairs at 46 academic institutions in Canada.
The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), a partner of the CRC program, also announced an investment for cutting-edge research infrastructure to support chairholders through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF). Through JELF, a combined total of over $500,00 was awarded to new CRCs at UBC, including the Faculty of Medicine’s Drs. Jessica McAlpine and Paul Yong.
Newly appointed CRCs in the Faculty of Medicine:
Dr. Aly KarsanTier 1 Canada Research Chair in Blood CancersProfessor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Dr. Jayachandran KizhakkedathuTier 1 Canada Research Chair in Immunomodulation Materials and ImmunotherapyProfessor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Dr. Teresa Liu-AmbroseTier 1 Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Health and Mobility in Aging Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
Dr. Jessica McAlpineTier 1 Canada Research Chair in Molecular Stratification of Gynecologic Cancers Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Dr. Sheila TevesTier 2 Canada Research Chair in Transcriptional Memory and Plasticity in Stem Cells Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dr. Paul YongTier 2 Canada Research Chair in Endometriosis and Pelvic PainAssociate Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Renewed CRCs in the Faculty of Medicine:
Dr. Samuel AparicioTier 1 Canada Research Chair in Blood CancersProfessor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Dr. Janice EngTier 1 Canada Research Chair in Neurological RehabilitationProfessor, Department of Physical Therapy