Faculty of medicine researchers have been awarded funding for patient-care research and commercialization through two competitions administered by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.
The 2020 Innovation to Commercialization and Health Professional-Investigator awardees are advancing health research towards practical applications, improving patient care, and developing made-in-B.C. technologies.
Health Professional – Investigator (HP-I)
This award supports health professionals who are actively involved in patient care to conduct and apply research that is relevant to health and/or the health system in British Columbia.
Jennifer Coelho, department of psychiatry
Project: Treatment of pediatric mental health problems: Unravelling the role of patient and family motivation in eating disorder outcomes
Gordon Francis, division of endocrinology and metabolism, department of medicine
Project: Redefining atherosclerosis: Characterizing and targeting smooth muscle cell foam cells for the treatment and prevention of coronary heart disease and stroke
Co-funded with Providence Health Care Research Institute
Alina Gerrie, division of hematology, department of medicine
Project: Cost-effective biomarker driven treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia in the era of precision medicine
Christopher Napier, department of physical therapy
Project: Development and evaluation of a novel wearable gait analysis tool for remote monitoring and assessment of patients with musculoskeletal injuries
Co-funded with Plantiga
Lucia Nappi, department of urologic sciences
Project: Moving towards a biology-based care model in germ cell tumors
Mypinder Sekhon, division of critical care medicine, department of medicine
Project: Delineating the pathophysiology of hypoxic ischemic brain injury after cardiac arrest to identify therapeutic targets
John Staples, general internal medicine, department of medicine
Project: Motor vehicle crash risk after cardioverter-defibrillator implantation: A population-based evaluation
Innovation to Commercialization (I2C)
This award supports commercialization activities that strengthen the value of their intellectual property, facilitate collaboration and attract future investment to advance research discoveries towards applications in health.
Lori Brotto, department of obstetrics and gynaecology
Project: eSense: an online psychological intervention for women’s health
Robert Holt, department of medical genetics
Project: Development and application of comprehensive T-cell receptor reactivity profiling technologies to aid in the discovery of novel immune cell therapies
View all the UBC awardees here.