Supporting a new investigator to further her work into lung cells
Associate Director at the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation,
University of British Columbia.
2009-2011 CLA/CIHR/GSK fellowship recipient
The CLA/CIHR/GSK fellowship I received in 2009 was absolutely critical to my career development as it enabled me over a sustained period to focus on the development of a human lung cell repository at the University of British Columbia, which has enabled me to publish 35 manuscripts in the past five years alone.
Once awarded the CLA/CIHR/GSK fellowship, it enabled me to bridge for additional top-up funding from the CIHR-IMPACT and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research fellowship programs to extend my post-doctoral training.
During this fellowship I was able to apply and was successful in obtaining my first operating grant from the Canadian Lung Association, enabling me to employ my first member of staff and conduct independent research.
This experience of training within my institution, ability to present my research at national and international conferences, and networking within the Canadian Lung Association community really enabled me to forge the collaborations and friendships that are still critical to my research career today.
Essentially without the fellowship, I would not have had the opportunity to pursue my research training within Canada coming from the U.K., and contribute to the respiratory science today in my current position as Assistant professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, and Associate Director at the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation, University of British Columbia.