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Faculty of Medicine researchers receive awards from the John R. Evans Leaders Fund

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Recipients of the John R. Evans Leaders Fund (clockwise): Dr Ali Bashashati, Dr Anna Blakney, Dr Ethan Greenblatt, Dr Jonathan Rayment, Dr Jackie Whittaker, Dr Tamara Vanderwal and Dr Julia Schmidt.

Researchers in the medical school have received funding from the John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

They are among a number of UBC researchers who have collectively received more than $ 5.7 million in funding for 37 projects.

The JELF Awards were announced by the Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, as part of a larger announcement of more than $ 77 million to support 332 projects of research infrastructure in 50 universities across the country. This contribution will help universities attract and retain the best researchers.

The announced results include the funding rounds of November 2020, March 2021 and June 2021.

The recipients of the Faculty of Medicine and their projects:

    • Ali Bashashati, School of Biomedical Engineering
      AI-based platform to translate precision medicine findings into female cancers
      Price: $ 325,000
    • Anna Blakney, School of Biomedical Engineering
      RNA Improvement and Clinical Translation Platform (REACT)
      Price: $ 125,000
    • Dr Ethan Greenblatt, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
      The RNA Regulation Laboratory (RRL): A platform to discover the roles of RNA regulation in autism spectrum disorders
      Price: $ 220,000
    • Dr Jonathan Rayment, Department of Pediatrics
      Pediatric Hyperpolarized 129 Xenon Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
      $ 200,000 (5 years)
    • Dr. Julia Schmidt, Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy
      Innovations for brain injury rehabilitation
      Price: $ 120,596
    • Dr Tamara Vanderwal, Department of Psychiatry
      Naturalistic neuroimaging of psychiatric disorders in children
      Price: $ 124,319
    • Dr Jackie Whittaker, Department of Physiotherapy
      Musculoskeletal health and mobility laboratory infrastructure
      Price: $ 125,000