Faculty of Medicine students receive Vanier Canada Graduate Fellowships

Five Faculty of Medicine students are among a group of 24 UBC scholars who were awarded Vanier Canada Graduate Fellowships for 2019.

These young medical researchers, all funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, are working on subjects that span psychiatry to interdisciplinary oncology.

Across Canada, 167 new Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship recipients were selected. The fellowships, valued at $50,000 per year for three years during doctoral studies, “help train some of the brightest doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows and will strengthen Canada’s ability to attract and retain world-class research talent.”

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, made the announcement on May 16 at Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario.

The recipients in the Faculty of Medicine and their project titles are:

Bahaa Abu Raya, Medicine Graduate Degree Program
Evaluation of pertussis immunization in pregnancy

Karama Asleh, Interdisciplinary Oncology Graduate Degree Program
Proteomic identification of clinically-important subgroups among basal-like breast cancer

Ryan Huff, Medicine Graduate Degree Program
Air Pollution Induces Glucocorticoid Resistance in Humans

Hong Lu, Psychiatry Graduate Degree Program
Characterizing the roles of synapse organizers in mediating synaptic function and brain-based diseases

Wissam Nassrallah, MD/PhD Graduate Degree
Neuroprotective Effect of Sigma-1 Receptor and Activin A on Synaptic Function and Calcium Handling in Huntington’s Disease