Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute investigators and program areas have been named in across many areas of the 2004 Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) Awards......

May 13, 2004

Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) investigators and program areas have been named in across many areas of the 2004 Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) Awards.

The following VCHRI investigators (name followed by project name) received salary support awards

Najib Ayas (Respiratory Medicine): The public health impact of obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea - a focus on work productivity, occupational injuries and motor vehicle crashes. (Award is jointly funded by MSFHR and WCB)

Lori Brotto (Obstetrics and Gynaecology): Cervical cancer and sexuality: effects of a psychoeducational intervention and sildenafil on sexual arousal, relationship satisfaction and quality of life after hysterectomy

Erin Michalak (Psychiatry): Psycho-education in bipolar disorder: determining the effects of psychoeducation upon recurrence and quality of life in first episode mania patients

Jason Barton (Brain Research Centre): Neuropsychology of vision and eye movements Neurology, Ophthalmology Medicine University of British Columbia

Weihong Song (Psychiatry): Regulation of the BACE gene expression in the Alzheimer's disease pathogenesis

*Mark FitzGerald (Respiratory Medicine): Bringing evidence to the patient
* Dr. Mark FitzGerald is the recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award, a five-year renewable award that is presented to internationally recognized scientific leaders in their fields of study.

*Chong Lee (Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre): Studies on rational treatment of Parkinson's disease Medicine
*Dr. Chong Lee has received a special five-year Senior Scholar award funded by the Patrick and Dulcie Lenox Endowment and the James A. and Donna-Mae Moore Endowment (administered by Vancouver Foundation). This special award, given for the first time this year, is for a clinical or biomedical researcher working in the area of Parkinson's Disease and related neurodegenerative and movement disorders in adults.

The following research units received infrastructure awards:

Genetic Pathology Evaluation Centre (David Huntsman and team): Validation of prognostic and predictive cancer biomarkers (VCHRI and BC Cancer Agency) $588,000 over 4 years;

Respiratory Sleep Disorders Research Unit (John Fleetham and team): $568,000 over 4 years

PC-TRIADD: The Prostate Centre's Translational Research Initiative for Accelerated Discovery and Development Functional Genomics (Martin Gleave and team): $1,000,000 over 4 years.

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