PHC researchers funded in Health Professional-Investigator competition

May 11, 2018 | News

Dr. Delbert Dorscheid and Dr. Josie Geller are recipients of the 2018 MSFHR Health Professional-Investigator Award.Dr. Delbert Dorscheid and Dr. Josie Geller are recipients of the 2018 MSFHR Health Professional-Investigator Award.

Two Providence Health Care researchers are among the 12 exceptional B.C. health professionals who have been funded in the second annual Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Health Professional-Investigator competition. Each will receive funding to support research focused on answering questions derived from their practical experience and clinical expertise. 

Respirologist Dr. Delbert Dorscheid, a Principal Investigator with the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation (HLI) and an Associate Professor in UBC’s Department of Medicine, won funding for his project “IgE-mediated inflammation generated by the airway epithelium is antigen independent: A cause of a novel asthma phenotype.”

Co-funded by the Providence Health Care Research Institute, this project aims to find new ways to predict the response of asthmatic patients to existing and new drugs by better understanding how allergies cause asthma symptoms.

Registered Psychologist Dr. Josie Geller, a Scientist with the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS) and Director of Research with the Eating Disorders Program at St. Paul’s Hospital, won funding for her project “Improving outcomes in the treatment of eating disorders: Self-compassion in patients, families and clinicians.”

This project aims to help researchers understand how self-compassion can benefit individuals with chronic health conditions.

MSFHR Health Professional-Investigator Awards provide an initial three years of funding support at $90,000 per annum, with the option to renew the award for an additional two years of support at $90,000 per annum. The awards are meant to support health professionals who are actively involved in patient care to conduct and apply research relevant to health and/or the health system.

In other good news

Dr. Geller's success isn't the only good news to come out of the SPH Eating Disorders Program this week. Research assistant Megumi Iyar has successfully defended her MA thesis, “Is motivation enough? Confidence as a predictor of outcome in inpatient treatment for eating disorders,” which examined the role of confidence in 4NW outcomes. Her committee was so impressed with her work and presentation that she passed with highest distinction.

Megumi was also successful in obtaining a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) award. This is the best (and most prestigious) funding available to graduate students. It will be a great help when she does her PhD at UBC Okanagan in the fall.

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