Twelve UBC researchers receive MSFHR funds for patient-care research, commercialization

Twelve UBC researchers have been awarded funding for patient-care research and commercialization through two competitions administered by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the results of which were announced today. 


Health Professional – Investigator (HP-I)

Seven UBC researchers were named to the Health Professional – Investigator award, which 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, Faculty of Medicine
Treatment of pediatric mental health problems: Unravelling the role of patient and family motivation in eating disorder outcomes
Research location: BC Children’s Hospital/Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children

Dr. Gordon Francis, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
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
Research location: Centre for Heart Lung Innovation

Dr. Alina Gerrie, Division of Hematology, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
Cost-effective biomarker driven treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia in the era of precision medicine
Research location: BC Cancer/BC Cancer Research Centre

Christopher Napier, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine & Centre for Hip Health and Mobility
Development and evaluation of a novel wearable gait analysis tool for remote monitoring and assessment of patients with musculoskeletal injuries
Co-funded with Plantiga
Research location: Centre for Hip Health and Mobility

Lucia Nappi, Department of Urologic Sciences, Faculty of Medicine
Moving towards a biology-based care model in germ cell tumors

Mypinder Sekhon, Division of Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
Delineating the pathophysiology of hypoxic ischemic brain injury after cardiac arrest to identify therapeutic targets
Research location: Vancouver General Hospital

John Staples, General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
Motor vehicle crash risk after cardioverter-defibrillator implantation: A population-based evaluation

Research location: UBC / Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute


Innovation to Commercialization (I2C)

Five UBC researchers received funding through the Innovation to Commercialization (I2C) competition. I2C 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, Faculty of Medicine
eSense: an online psychological intervention for women's health
Research location: VGH

Robert Holt, Department of Medical Genetics, Faculty of Medicine
Development and application of comprehensive T-cell receptor reactivity profiling technologies to aid in the discovery of novel immune cell therapies
Research location: BC Cancer Research Centre

Mark Martinez, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
3D printing of hydrogel tubing via reactive hydrodynamic focusing to replace single-use plastic medical tubing
Research location: UBC

Catherine Poh, Faculty of Dentistry
Cytology-based DNA measurement for oral cancer screening
Research location: BC Cancer Research Centre

Stephen Withers, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science
New enzymes and processes for the removal of cell surface antigens from red blood cells to generate 'universal donor' O type blood for transfusion
Research location: Michael Smith Labs (UBC), Centre for Blood Research