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CLA supports a record number of research projects

The Canadian Lung Association is very pleased to announce the early-career researchers who received funding from CLA and its partners in 2022.

Twenty-two projects by researchers from British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec were awarded a total of more than $656,000. CLA and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (CIHR-ICRH) funded 11 PhD studentships, five fellowships and one allied health fellowship. CLA also partnered with Cystic Fibrosis Canada to fund an additional allied health fellowship. Two Early Career Researcher in Asthma awards were also handed out, a competition led by Asthma Canada in partnership with CLA, CIHR-ICRH, AstraZeneca Canada and the Canadian Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Foundation.

“We were very impressed by the range of projects and number of applicants,” says Eilean McKenzie-Matwiy, PhD, CLA’s Manager of National Research Programs. “This is the first time the Canadian Lung Association has supported research projects investigating the health effects of vaping, the impact of wildfire smoke, early detection of lung transplant rejection and a randomized clinical trial for people living with chronic cough.”

“There were also three projects examining the differences in disease severity and outcomes in men versus women,” continues McKenzie-Matwiy. “It’s important to recognize that the development of a health condition and the outcomes may be impacted by biological sex.”

Funded researchers, 2022

  • Dmitry Rozenberg, University Health Network

Allied Health Fellowships

  • Jordana McMurray, University of Toronto
  • Justin Turner, University of British Columbia

Allied Health Research Grant

  • Mika Nonoyama, Ontario Tech University


  • Silvia Cardani, University of Alberta
  • Nermin Diab, McMaster University
  • Danuzia Marques, Université Lavel
  • Chelsea Morin, University of Alberta
  • Carli Peters, University of British Columbia

PhD Studentships

  • Tina Afshar, University of British Columbia
  • Fatemeh Aminazadeh, University of British Columbia
  • Olivia Ferguson, University of British Columbia
  • Anne Fu, University of Toronto
  • Mohammadreza Hajipour, University of British Columbia
  • Meghan Koo, Toronto Met University
  • Maria Medeleanu, SickKids
  • Andrea Murru, CHU de Québec-Université Laval
  • Dheerendra Pandey, University of Manitoba
  • Nicole Sarden, University of Calgary
  • Yuetong Song, University of Toronto

Early Career Researcher Awards in Asthma (led by Asthma Canada)

  • Cristina Longo, Université de Montréal
  • Zihan Lu, Queen’s University

For more information on each project and the amounts received, visit the Funded Research, 2017 to 2022.