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News2020 MSFHR Research Trainee Awardees

Sep 9, 2020

Congratulations to the newest recipients of the Michael Smith Foundation (MSFHR) Research Trainee Awards! The MSFHR Research Trainee Program supports health researchers in the training phase of their research career to enable career development and the long-term success of the BC health research landscape.

This year, three HLI postdocs were among 43 award recipients.

Dr. Rachel Eddy is a postdoctoral fellow who will be co-supervised by Drs. Don Sin and Jonathon Leipsic. She recently completed her PhD at the University of Western Ontario, and will be using pulmonary MRI and other imaging techniques to measure airway abnormalities in patients with asthma, COPD, and asthma-COPD overlap. Dr. Eddy’s award is co-funded by St. Paul’s Foundation.

Dr. Alex Franciosi is a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Brad Quon’s group. His project will be focused on analyzing samples from patients with cystic fibrosis to identify biomarkers that can predict exacerbation cause, allowing for physicians to employ tailored treatment and care.

Dr. Alyson Wong is a practicing Respirologist and a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Medicine at UBC. Her project will explore how quality of life changes for patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD). This data will be used to create an algorithm that can provide economic evaluations for ILD drugs, in order to guide decisions on funding effective treatments in ILD. Dr. Wong’s award is co-funded by St. Paul’s Foundation.

Full biographies of award recipients and funded projects can be found on the MSFHR website: