Jul. 13, 2016

We are pleased to announce the results of the April 2016 Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS) Training and Early Career Development (TECD) Programs competitions (Graduate Studentship and Clinician Researcher Training Stream).

Successful applications

The April 2016 competitions resulted in the approval of 20 Graduate Studentship, 2 MD-PhD Studentship and 7 Clinician Fellowship awards.

AIHS received a total of 302 submissions which included 237 Graduate Studentship and 65 Clinician Researcher (9 MD-PhD Studentship and 56 Clinician Fellowship) applications.

Expert Review

All applications were reviewed by interdisciplinary expert review committees as part of a two-stage process. Applications were funded based on their overall quality and merit in the assessment criteria areas and on available AIHS funds. Our priority is to honour our current, multi-year commitments while focusing on finding additional leveraged sources of funding to continue to support the development of future health research and innovation leaders in Alberta.

Cy Frank Outstanding Graduate Studentship

To honor Dr. Cy Frank’s ability to identify and encourage the potential in young scientists, AIHS will award the Cy Frank Outstanding Graduate Scholarship to the highest ranked student in the 2016 AIHS Graduate Studentship competition. Congratulations Lindsey Logan, University of Calgary.

Official Notification

Formal result letters will be sent to all applicants in July 2016. The offer of award letters will include the terms and conditions of the award and the applicant’s assessment results along with any comments made by the review committee. The names of the successful applicants for the awards are listed below.

Our Congratulations

On behalf of Dr. Pamela Valentine, CEO (Interim) and Board of Directors, we thank all applicants for their substantial efforts and congratulate the recipients of these awards. AIHS also wishes to acknowledge the tremendous assistance provided by its review committee members.

Link to:

April 2016 Clinician Fellowship Results

April 2016 MD-PhD Studentship Results

April 2016 Graduate Studentship

Awardee Supervisor
Institution Project Title
Anderson, Sarah J.Hecker, KentCommunity Health SciencesUniversity of CalgaryThe Neural Correlates of Two and Three Dimensional Object Processing: Implications for Spatial Perception and Learning
Barta, RadimFallone, B. GinoOncologyUniversity of AlbertaRadiologically-transparent MRI Detectors for Imaging during Radiation Therapy using the CCI Linac-MR
Bhullar, Khushwant S.Hubbard, Basil P.PharmacologyUniversity of AlbertaExploring the Role of GCN5L1 in Breast Cancer
Byrne, Nikole J.Dyck, Jason R.PediatricsUniversity of AlbertaUnderstanding the Mechanisms that Control the Regression of Heart Failure
Collins, Kelsey H.M.Herzog, WalterUniversity of CalgaryFunctional Implications of Obesity-induced Muscle Damage
Garies, StephanieQuan, HudeCommunity Health SciencesUniversity of CalgaryEnhancing Disease Surveillance Systems in Canada through Linked Electronic Medical Record and Administrative Databases
Guzzardi, David G.Fedak, Paul W. M.Cardiac SciencesUniversity of CalgaryNovel Imaging in Congenital Aortic Valve Disease: Application of 4D Flow MRI Mapping
Harker, AllonnaGibb, Robbin L.NeuroscienceUniversity of LethbridgeLifelong Effects of Preconception Paternal Alcohol on Offspring Neurodevelopment and Behaviour
Holodinsky, Jessalyn KHill, Michael D.Clinical NeurosciencesUniversity of CalgaryCreating a Transportation Protocol for Rural Stroke Patients
Kang, SeanFedak, Paul W. M.Cardiac SciencesUniversity of CalgaryMechanism of Extracellular Matrix Remodeling in Human Aortic Aneurysm
Logan, LindseyDukelow, Sean P.Clinical NeurosciencesUniversity of CalgaryUsing Robotics to Quantify Sense of Effort in Healthy Individuals
Mifflin, KatherineKerr, Bradley J.Anesthesiology & Pain MedicineUniversity of AlbertaUnderstanding Sex Differences in Multiple Sclerosis Related Chronic Pain
Miranda, Williams E.Noskov, Sergei Y.Biological SciencesUniversity of CalgaryUnderstanding the Role of the Cardiac Ryanodine Receptor (RyR2) in Ca2+-triggered Heart Arrhythmias at the Molecular Level
Mohr, MauriceNigg, Benno M.University of CalgaryKnee Injury and Post-traumatic Knee Osteoarthritis: The Role of Muscle
Park, Daniel S.Fedak, Paul W. M.Cardiac SciencesUniversity of CalgaryRole of Lubricin in Attenuating Myofibroblast-Mediated Retrosternal Pericardial Adhesions
Radomski, Ashley D.Newton, Amanda S.PediatricsUniversity of AlbertaInternet-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (iCBT) to Treat Adolescent Anxiety: An Exploration of Intervention Designs and the User Experience
Umer, BrittanyEvans, David H.Medical Microbiology & ImmunologyUniversity of AlbertaCombining Image-guided Radiation Therapy with Oncolytic Vaccinia Virus
Woodman, Andrew G.Bourque, StephanePharmacologyUniversity of AlbertaFetal Programming of Cardiovascular Dysfunction as a Consequence of Maternal Iron-deficiency
Yang, Run ZeDunn, Jeffery F.RadiologyUniversity of CalgaryInvestigating Vitamin B3 as an Activator of Monocytes to Reduce Brain Tumor Growth
Zhang, PuKassiri, ZamanehPhysiologyUniversity of AlbertaThe Pathological Roles of ADAM17 in Atherosclerosis: The Involvement of Endothelial Dysfunction and Smooth Muscle Cell Phenotype Switch

This list of successful applications is provided for information purposes only. The formal offer of award letter will serve as AIHS’ official decision should there be any discrepancy with material presented on the website. Awards are subject to the agreement of the Award Terms and Conditions.

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For more information:
Carolina Koutras, PhD, Manager, Training & Early Career Development
(780) 306-1329