A number of ICORD trainees and staff members have recently received awards!
|Jess Inskip is a PhD Candidate in Dr. Victoria Claydon’s lab at Simon Fraser University. She recently received a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship Award to study cardiovascular function after spinal cord injury. She can hold the award for up to 2.5 years.|
|Melissa Pak is a research assistant in Dr. Andrei Krassioukov‘s cardiovascular lab. Her oral presentation at the American Spinal Injury Association’s annual conference in April 2012 was one of three recognized for excellence by the ASIA Research Committee. The awards are based on subject matter and presentation.|
|The Craig H Nielsen Foundation is a US based charity that funds advances in scientific research in the field of spinal cord injury. In the last round of applications, Christopher West, a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Krassioukov’s laboratory at ICORD, was awarded a 2 year postdoctoral fellowship to investigate exercise induced changes in cardiovascular function following spinal cord injury. It is anticipated that this research will answer some fundamental exercise about the mechanisms that underlie exercise induced changes in cardiovascular function. The results from this study will help to inform clinicians and practitioners as to the importance of exercise for preventing cardiovascular disease following spinal cord injury.|
|Peggy Assinck is a PhD Candidate in Dr. Wolfram Tetzlaff‘s lab. She recently received a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship Award. She can hold the award for up to 3 years.|
|Jacqueline Cragg is a PhD student co-supervised by Drs. Matt Ramer and Jaimie Borisoff. Jacqueline has been awarded three scholarships: a Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada PhD Studentship, an Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship, and a UBC Killam Doctoral Scholarship. These scholarships are provided annually from the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Fund for Advanced Studies. These are the most prestigious awards available to graduate students at UBC, and are awarded to the top doctoral candidates in the Affiliated Fellowships competition. Jacquelyn’s project focuses on the statistical concept of ‘Regression Toward the Mean (RTM).” RTM is a commonly overlooked phenomenon in longitudinal studies. Jacquelyn’s work will develop algorithms to detect RTM and to apply these algorithms to electrophysiological data.|
|Greg Duncan, a PhD Candidate in Dr. Tetzlaff‘s lab, also received Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada Doctoral Studentship Award. Greg’s project focuses on exploring the role of a gene essential for myelination on the repair and maintenance of neural connections following chronic demyelination.|
|Cheryl Niamath is the Communications and Administrative Manager for ICORD. She has received the 2012 Faculty of Medicine Applegarth Staff Service Award for management and professional staff.|