PHC researchers win MSFHR Scholar Awards

Jun 22, 2018 | News

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research recently announced the winners of its 2018 Scholar competition and six of the 17 award recipients are PHC-affiliated researchers.

CHÉOS Scientists Drs. Anne Gadermann and Mohammad Karim were funded in partnership with CHÉOS-PHCRI, and the St. Paul’s Foundation co-funded an award for Dr. Maria Eugenia Socías of the BCCSU. Drs. Skye Barbic (CHÉOS), Andrea Krüsi (BC-CfE-GSHI) and Ma’en Obeidat (HLI) also received 2018 Scholar Awards.

The MSFHR Scholar Program is designed to support early career researchers in BC as they establish independent research careers, form their own research teams and develop research programs that advance cutting-edge health solutions. Each award provides salary support for up to five years.

Here’s what our researchers plan to use the funding for:

Dr. Skye Barbic: “Improving Youth Mental Health And Substance Use Outcomes Through Primary-Care Based Health Services”

  • This project aims to improve health outcomes for youth accessing Foundry services through enhanced patient-centred assessment and evidence-based care tailored to the specific needs of young people experiencing mental health and substance use challenges.

Dr. Anne Gadermann: “Mental health trajectories of immigrant and refugee children: An ecological population-based approach”

  • This project aims to create actionable evidence that health professionals, educators, and decision-makers can use to implement initiatives that can support the mental health of immigrant and refugee children and youth.

Dr. Mohammad Karim: “A causal inference framework for analyzing large administrative healthcare databases with a focus on multiple sclerosis”

  • Health researchers urgently need new big-data analytic methods that are geared towards extracting causal explanations rather than merely increasing prediction accuracy. This project will develop innovative biostatistical methodologies that will better equip health researchers to infer causation from big-data sources.

Dr. Andrea Krüsi: “A program of research on criminalization of sexuality, HIV and incarceration among marginalized women”

  • This research will establish an empirical evidence base that documents the lived-experiences of criminalization and incarceration among sex workers and women living with HIV. The ultimate goal is to inform evidence-based law reform and interventions to redress over criminalization and negative effects of incarceration.

Dr. Ma’en Obeidat: “Integrative genomics to identify novel therapeutics and biomarkers for COPD”

  • Smoking can cause COPD but not all smokers get the disease; our genes also play a role. Identifying which genes cause some people to get COPD or lead to disease worsening over time will allow us to understand these processes more and to develop new drugs to treat the disease.

Dr. Maria Eugenia Socias: “Optimizing care for opioid use disorder in British Columbia”

  • British Columbia is facing an unprecedented and escalating opioid crisis, underscoring the urgent need for innovative science-driven solutions. There is critical implementation gap of evidence-based care for opioid use disorder (OUD), this research will seek to narrow this gap.

Click here for the full list of 2018 Scholars and their projects.

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