2012 Investigator Awards

Improving patient care through research.

A fundamental aspect of VCH Research is its focus on translational health research - improving patient care by uniting multidisciplinary teams that move research discoveries from the laboratory bench to the patients' bedside. The Mentored and Established Clinician Scientist Awards are one avenue to achieve this goal.

This annual funding program is supported by the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. Awards are granted to individuals who are up-and-coming in clinical practice, who also demonstrate promise in related areas of translational health research at VGH, UBC Hospital or GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre. Support through these awards provides clinicians with protected time, allowing them to focus on advancing their research careers. This year's grant recipients are as follows:

2012 Mentored Clinician Scientist
Recipients receive $75,000 a year for two years, with the possibility of a third year renewal.
Researcher 
Dr. Patricia Mills
Research clinician, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre and ICORD spinal cord research program Professor, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UBC Faculty of Medicine
Transcranial electrical stimulation and amelioration of orthostatic instability in individuals with acute spinal cord injury
2012 Mentored Clinician Scientist
Recipients receive $75,000 a year for two years, with the possibility of a third year renewal.
Dr. Andrea Pusic, Attending plastic surgeon and research clinician, Department of Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Associate professor, Faculty of Medicine, Weill Medical College, Cornell University
Quality of life and patient-reported outcomes of reconstruction in breast cancer survivors

Dr. Macadam's research is funded through the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation's Best of Health Fund.

2012 Clinician Scientist Award
Recipients receive $100,000 a year for two years with the possibility of a third year renewal.
Researcher 
Dr. Peter Black
Targeting the NOTCH signaling pathway in urothelial carcinoma of the bladder

Dr. Black's research is funded through the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundatiion's Best of Health Fund.