CPFF’s investment in clinical research fellowships aims to advance research and develop more respiratory specialists to improve care, as well as expand access to care, for people living with pulmonary fibrosis (PF).
Each of the fellows are respirologists and are required to spend at least 75 percent of their time conducting research. The rest of their time is spent caring for patients, as well as teaching and participating in other clinic activities.
Congratulations to this year’s CPFF Robert Davidson Fellows.
2023-2024 Robert Davidson Fellowships
DR. alec campbell
For the second year of his two-year fellowship, Dr. Campbell will continue working with Dr. Chris Ryerson and Scott Tebbutt, PhD, at the University of British Columbia, and providing care to ILD patients at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, in addition to conducting his research. He will continue work on his research project examining the molecular interactions within individual cells, a technique known as single-cell RNA-sequencing (scRNAseq), to see if there are genetic markers in the blood that could help diagnose ILD earlier, more reliably, and more safely than is currently possible. Click here to read about Dr. Campbell’s work during the first year of his fellowship.
DR. kirsten nesset
Dr. Nesset will undertake her fellowship at the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health (FIRH) at McMaster University under the supervision of Drs. Martin Kolb, Nathan Hambly, Gerard Cox, and Ciaran Scallan. In addition to caring for FIRH patients, she will begin her studies in the two-year, part-time, online Master’s program in Health Professions Education through the Maastricht-Canada program at Western University. The bulk of her time (75 percent) will be spent as the lead investigator of a project exploring how frailty might impact patient engagement and satisfaction in remote monitoring programs.
2022-2023 Robert Davidson Fellowships
DR. ALEC CAMPBELL
Working with Dr. Chris Ryerson and Scott Tebbutt, PhD, at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Campbell will care for ILD patients at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, in addition to conducting his research.
He will be examining the molecular interactions within individual cells, a technique known as single-cell RNA-sequencing (scRNAseq), to see if there are
DR. AMANDA GRANT-ORSER
Under the supervision of Dr. Charlene Fell and Dr. Kerri Johannson, Dr. Grant-Orser is returning for the second year of her fellowship, treating patients at the University of Calgary’s ILD Clinic located at South Health Campus. She has several endeavours underway. These include the following:
DR. BOHYUNG MIN
Working with Drs. Charlene Fell and Kerri Johannson, Dr. Min will care for patients at the University of Calgary (U of C) ILD clinic. She will also pursue an MSc in clinical epidemiology at U of C.
DR. LEIGH MINUK
Drs. Shane Shapera and Jolene Fisher at University Health Network (UHN), Toronto, will guide and mentor Dr. Leigh Minuk as she undertakes clinical work at Toronto General Hospital’s ILD clinic and her ILD research.
2021-2022 Fellowship & Research Grant Recipients
DR. KELLY SUN
Under the supervision of Dr. Shane Shapera at the University of Toronto (U of T), Dr. Sun will care for patients at the Toronto General Hospital ILD clinic. She will also pursue a Master of Science degree, with a concentration in
DR. DANIEL MARINESCU
Under the supervision of Dr. Chris Ryerson at UBC, Dr. Marinescu will move into his second-year as a CPFF fellow, and continue performing his 20 percent of clinical duties at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. While pursuing
2020-2021 Fellowship & Research Grant Recipients
DR. COLIN ADAMS
Dr. Colin Adams will fulfill his fellowship clinical work at the ILD clinic at Toronto General Hospital. His primary project will be a Canadian Registry for Pulmonary Fibrosis (CARE-PF) study to develop a new prognostic score for
DR. AMANDA GRANT-ORSER
Dr. Amanda Grant-Orser will treat patients at the University of Calgary’s ILD Clinic located at South Health Campus as part of her fellowship. She will also pursue a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology. Her primary research project
DR. SARAH MACISSAC
Dr. Sarah MacIsaac will be dedicating 25 percent of her fellowship time providing care to patients at the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health (FIRH), McMaster University, in Hamilton. Her research time will include the
DR. DANIEL MARINESCU
Dr. Daniel Marinescu will perform the clinical duties of his fellowship at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. While pursuing his Master’s in Health Science at UBC, he will be involved in several research studies. His primary project
DR. CIARAN SCALLAN
Dr. Ciaran Scallan at the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health in Hamilton, Ontario, was awarded $20,000 to to study the feasibility of using a sputum (phlegm) guided approach to treat chronic cough in PF patients
DR. LEE FIDLER
Dr. Lee Fidler of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto was awarded $20,000 to investigate the incidence and prevalence of rheumatoid arthritis interstitial lung disease (RA-ILD) in Ontario. You can read more about this research in the June 2022 issue of our newsletter.