University of British Columbia doctoral and postdoctoral researchers have impressed federal agencies to the tune of $5.7 million in funding from two separate programs.
Thirty-two UBC doctoral students were awarded Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships allowing them to continue research in fields as varied as music therapy, genomics and sports-related head trauma. Vanier scholars receive $50,000 a year for three years.
In addition, six UBC postdoctoral researchers were recognized by the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship program. Each researcher is awarded $140,000 over two years.
The Vanier and Banting awards were created to develop homegrown research excellence and make Canada a magnet for the best and brightest international talent. Funding for this year’s 166 Vanier scholarships and 70 Banting fellowships totals more than $34 million.
The announcements were made recently by the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), and the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons.
Here is a complete list of UBC’S 2014 Vanier Scholars and their fields of study:
Developmental changes in human hematopoietic stem cell control and their relevance to leukemia
Psychosocial/health behavioural research
Reducing LGBTQ youth health inequity: Effectiveness of school-based population health interventions Philip Edgcumbe
Augmented Reality Elastography Navigation Aid (ARENA) for Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery
Muscle, bone or joint
Are motor control dysfunctions related to the clinical presentation of knee osteoarthritis?
WiiNWalk: Evaluation of the Nintendo Wii Fit to Enhance Walking in Older Adults with Lower Limb Amputation
Md Nazrul Islam
Predictors of online STIs/HIV intervention diffusion patterns across subgroups of young people in British Columbia.
Diamond in the rough: Identifying factors of resilience in a socially marginalized population
Investigating Risk Factors for Chronic Undernutrition in Cambodian Children
Genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics
Personalized treatment of glioblastoma using machine-learning driven network analysis of drug sensitivity data
Peptide-mediated clearance of beta-amyloid for Alzheimer’s disease therapy
Muscle, bone, or joint
Patellofemoral joint osteoarthritis: a targeted physiotherapy RCT in an overlooked condition
The significance of recurrent translocations involving programmed death ligands in non-Hodgkin lymphomas
A multidisciplinary approach to sport-related head trauma: using biomechanics, cerebrovascular physiology, neurocognitive function, and neuroimaging towards understanding and diagnosing concussion
Rational catalyst design: towards methane functionalization
Evolution and ecology
Rats, parasites and their associated pathogens: understanding host-parasite dynamics in an urban ecosystem. The population genetics of vectors and their pathogens, the evolutionary relationships between ectoparasites and their hosts, and the differences in parasite assemblages between introduced and resident Vancouver rats
Archa Rowan Cockett
An integrated framework for coupled geophysical and fluid flow inversions for enhancing quantitative cross-disciplinary communication
Plant And tree biology
Characterizing the role of protein degradation in the negative regulation of R protein-mediated plant immunity
Investigating the application of electromagnetic geophysical methods for hydraulic fracture characterization
Targeted microneedle insertion for epidermal vaccine delivery and biosensing
The development of microfluidic technology for high-throughput genotyping of single cancer cells
Digital identities, educational inequities: Investigating social class and new literacies of migrant Filipino youth in the knowledge economy
Service-learning education at home and abroad: A critical comparative study
The feeling of cohesion: understanding and cultivating empathy in a multicultural society
Overcoming barriers to social engagement: Exploring associations between self-esteem, social self-efficacy, everyday helping behaviour, and well-being in older adults
Urban And Regional Studies, Environmental Studies
If you built it, will they come? Using historical development patterns to improve prediction and mitigation of cumulative environmental impacts
Navigating the geopolitics of the Arctic through the energy and environmental security lens
Securitizing Amazonia: ‘Round-up’ in Colombia, Brazil, and the United States
Skilling women: the gendered distribution of vocational Education in Canada
Urban and regional studies, environmental studies
Measuring investment footprints: a quantitative approach to understanding the life-cycle impacts of financial decisions
Investigating educational experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming school leavers
Urban and regional studies, environmental studies
Discursive gentrification: neighborhoods, resistance, and the tragedy of the urban commons
UBC’s 2014 Banting Postdoctoral Fellows:
Characterization of the acute morphological and functional response of microglia to decreased oxygen levels and study of the mechanisms underlying microglial dynamic motility.
Menno J Oudhoff
The role of Set7 in Intestinal Stem Cells during Regeneration and Cancer
The impact of socioeconomic inequalities in drug prescribing on health outcomes
Kimberly C. Wiegand
The characterization and targeting of novel tumour suppressor genes and activated stroma in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma