We are pleased to congratulate the BC Children's and BC Women's investigators and postdoctoral fellows who were recently awarded funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Fall 2016 competitions. 

Our research community received more than $9 million in new grants and awards. BC Children's and BC Women's investigators had a final success rate of 35 per cent and obtained 18 (30 per cent) of the 61 Project and Bridge Grants awarded to UBC.

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 the RTDO's Dr. Tamara English, Ms. Lindsay Vine, Ms. Amber Hui, Ms. Rita Jekabsons and Ms. Gillian Guest for their commitment and support.

Congratulations to the Project Grant Recipients:

Dr. Laura T. Arbour – Childhood Diseases – Project: “Long QT syndrome in Northern British Columbia: Gene-gene interaction, life course differences, and implications for safe management” $677,024 / 4 years. BCCHR co-investigators: Dr. Shubhayan SanataniDr. Daniel Metzger and Dr. Sylvia Stockler

Dr. Hamideh Bayrampour – Healthy Starts – Project: “Pregnancy Specific Anxiety Scale (PSAS): Instrument Development and Psychometric Testing” $218,025 / 3 years. BCCHR co-investigators: Dr. Rollin BrantDr. Patricia Janssen and Dr. K.S. Joseph

Dr. Quynh Doan – Evidence to Innovation – Project: “Evaluation of My-HEARTSMAP, a self-reporting youth mental health assessment & management tool” $589,049 / 3 years.

Dr. Brad Hoffman – Childhood Diseases – Project: “Determining the role of histone modifications in mediating transcriptional consistency in beta-cells and in diabetes pathogenesis” $753,525 / 5 years.

Dr. Megan Levings – Childhood Diseases – Project: “Tailoring Regulatory T cells for Transplantation Tolerance” $818,550 / 5 years.

Dr. Louise Mâsse – Evidence to Innovation – Project: “A Good Start Matters: Do supportive childcare centre environments, policies and practices enhance physical activity?” $734,400 / 5 years. BCCHR co-investigator: Dr. Mariana Brussoni

Dr. Louise Mâsse – Evidence to Innovation – Project: “Impact of transitioning to secondary schools on health behaviours associated with obesity and academic related outcomes: A socio-ecological perspective” $709,155 / 5 years. BCCHR co-investigator: Dr. Rollin Brant

Dr. Deborah Money – Project: “Defining the maternal legacy: Does mode of delivery impact the role of the maternal vaginal microbiome in predicting the infant gut microbiome?” $1,411,425 / 5 years. Co-principal investigator: Dr. K.S. Joseph. BCCHR co-investigators: Dr. Soren Gantt and Dr. Jennifer Hutcheon

Dr. Ian Pike – Evidence to Innovation – Project: “Voices of Children and Youth: Community Injury Prevention through Visual Storytelling and Intervention” $248,626 / 2 years.

Dr. Wendy Robinson – Healthy Starts – Project: “Genetic mosaicism in human development” $439,875 / 5 years. BCCHR co-investigator: Dr. Evica Rajcan-Separovic

Dr. Laura Sly – Childhood Diseases – Project: "Expanding treatment options for inflammatory bowel disease: a novel mechanism of antibody-based immunotherapy" $387,855 / 3 years. BCCHR co-investigators: Dr. Rod Rassekh and Dr. Stuart Turvey

Dr. Stefan Taubert – Healthy Starts – Project: “Deciphering the transcriptional control of cyto-protective responses to identify new therapeutic targets” $749,700 / 5 years.

Dr. Bruce Verchere – Childhood Diseases – Project: “Genetic and acquired defects in islet prohormone processing in diabetes” $902,700 / 5 years.

Bridge Funding Recipients
Dr. Laura Arbour – Childhood Diseases – Project: “Understanding the population, individual, and cellular effects of a novel ANK2 mutation associated with Long QT syndrome and structural heart disease in a First Nations Community of Northern British Columbia” $100,000 / 1 year.

Dr. Carolyn Brown – Healthy Starts – Project: “Functional characterization of genomic DNA elements regulating epigenetic silencing” $100,000 / 1 year. BCCHR co-investigators: Dr. Elizabeth Simpson and Dr. Wyeth Wasserman

Dr. Jan Friedman – Evidence to Innovation – Project: “Improving whole genome sequencing as a clinical test for genetic causes of intellectual disability” $100,000 / 1 year. BCCHR co-investigator: Dr. Alison Elliot

Dr. K.S. Joseph – Healthy Starts – Project: “Adapting the Intergrowth-21st Project newborn standard for Canada” $100,000 / 1 year.

Dr. Melanie Murray – Project: “Individual disposition and mHealth: Personalized care to improve outcomes” $100,000 / 1 year.

Planning & Dissemination Grant
Dr. Deborah Money – Project: “Women's Precision Medicine Initiative (WPMI) Workshop: The Personalized Vaginal Microbiome” $10,000 / 1 year.

Postdoctoral Fellowships
Dr. Britt Drögemöller – Evidence to Innovation – Project: “Identification of the genetic variants involved in the development of severe adverse drug reactions in cancer patients treated with cisplatin” $135,000 / 3 years. Supervisor: Dr. Colin Ross

Dr. Caroline Lamarche  – Childhood Diseases – Project: “Tailoring antigen-specific regulatory T cells for use in transplantation” $165,000 / 3 years. Supervisor: Dr. Megan Levings

Dr. Beth Payne – Healthy Starts – Project: “Bridging the gap: from research to sustainable implementation of a mobile health tool in a low-resourced setting” $90,000 / 2 years. Supervisor: Dr. Mark Ansermino

Dr. Antoine Sicard – Childhood Diseases – Project: “Alloantigen-specific regulatory T cells generated with a chimeric antigen receptor: ability to prevent the humoral alloimmune response” $90,000 / 2 years. Supervisor: Dr. Megan Levings