Research Funded

Recent Fellowship and Research Grant recipients

2020/2021

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 all fibrotic ILD in conjunction with Dr. Jolene Fisher and Dr. Chris Ryerson at UBC. He will also contribute to the Multidisciplinary Interstitial Lung Disease Discussion with Experts Remotely (MILDDER) project, which provides an excellent opportunity for community outreach and facilitate quicker access to care for those living outside the Toronto area.

 

 

 

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 during her fellowship will focus on exploring how supplemental oxygen may improve pulmonary exercise hemodynamics in patients with fibrotic ILD and exertional hypoxemia. The ultimate goal of this work is to improve the quality of life and outcomes in patients living with ILD.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Sarah MacIsaac

Dr. Sarah MacIsaac will be dedicating 25 per cent 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 completion of a Master’s degree in Public Health, as well as several research projects. Her key research project will be to evaluate the impact of anti-fibrotic treatment on the risk of acute exacerbation following definitive surgical resection or targeted radiation therapy for the management of lung cancer. She’ll also be conducting a quality improvement project to explore measures to expedite access to IPF specialists as well as reduce the interval between the decision to treat and patient receipt of anti-fibrotic therapy.

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 will examine the association of genetic risk factors with detailed radiological and histopathological findings across various ILD subtypes. The work will serve to better understand the biologic basis for ILD, potentially helping to improve diagnosis and inform effective disease management.

 

 

 


2019/2020

Dr. Alyson Wong

Dr. Alyson Wong of St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver will receive a second year of $90,000 in funding as a two-year Robert Davidson Fellow. You can read about the progress of her research in the May 2019 newsletter.

Dr. Stacey Lok of Saskatchewan will pursue a one-year, $90,000 Robert Davidson Fellowship at the University of Calgary, involving research, patient care and education. Her primary research project will compare two treatment options for interstitial lung disease caused by severe schleroderma, an autoimmune condition. A future issue of our Hope Breathes Here newsletter will profile Dr. Lok and her research.

Dr. Jolene Fisher, Clinical Investigator with the University Health Network (UHN) and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto (U of T). $20,000 CPFF Research Grant. Read more about this grant in our August 2019 newsletter.

Dr. W. Darlene Reid, Professor at U of T and Dr. Dmitry Rozenberg, Clinical Scientist – Respirology at Toronto General Research Institute and Assistant Professor at U of T. $20,000 CPFF Research Grant. You can read about her research in the September 2020 newsletter.

2018/2019

Dr. Alyson Wong of St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver will received $90,000 in funding as the first installment in a two-year Robert Davidson Fellow. You can read about the progress of her research in the May 2019 newsletter.

Dr. Andrei Vagaon has made significant contributions to IPF patient care as a CPFF Robert Davidson Fellowship recipient.

Dr. Andrei Vagaon, Respirologist at Toronto General Hospital’s (TGH) Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) clinics, received a one-year, $90,000 CPFF Robert Davidson Fellowship. Read all about the results of his research and the benefits of his fellowship in our August 2019 newsletter.

Dr. Kjetil Ask, Associate Professor, McMaster University, Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health. $20,000 CPFF Research Grant. You can read about the results of this project in our October 2019 newsletter.

Dr. Christopher Ryerson, Associate Professor, UBC, Centre for Heart Lung Innovation at St. Paul’s Hospital. $20,000 CPFF Research Grant. You can read about the results of this project in our November 2019 newsletter.

Research funded (before 2018)

June 2017 – $19,490 St Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver for research into physical activity predictors in fibrotic lung disease

May 2017 – $2,500 St Joseph’s Hospital, Hamilton for general research

May 2017 – $14,029 Victoria Hospital, London to study a new staging system for IPF

November 2016 – $20,000 University of Calgary for hiring of research clinician

July 2016 – $25,000 St Joseph’s Hospital, Hamilton for stem cell research

June 2016 – $100,000 University Hospital of Edmonton, Alberta for funding of respiratory nurse

June 2016 – $5,500 ICLAF sponsorship for clinical researchers

February 2016 – $2,500 St Joseph’s Hospital, Hamilton for general research

November 2015 – $35,000 Commitment to fund Dr. Tiffany Finstone St Paul’s Vancouver relationship between scleroderma and IPF. We are also partly committed to providing a second tranche in 2017

July 2015 – $32,000 TGH for funding of testing equipment to be used in the proper diagnosis of IPF and other ILDs

July 2015 – $30,000 St Joseph’s Hamilton The Role of Heath Shock Proteins in IPF

July 2014 – $1,500 to fund the expenses of a junior researcher to attend at ICLAF 2014 to present a paper

July 2014 – $70,000 to Toronto General Hospital Foundation to fund a Research/Clinical Nurse for the Pulmonary Research Centre at TGH.  The successful person will also help in establishing support and education groups for PF patients at the hospital

July 2014 – $20,000 to St Joseph’s Hospital Foundation to fund a Fellowship for research into PF causes and treatments

May 2014 – $20,000 sponsorship to ICLAF (International Colloquium on Lung and Airway Fibrosis)

April 2014 – $35,000 to St Joseph’s Hospital Foundation to fund a Fellowship for research into PF causes and treatments

November 2013 – $20,000 to St Joseph’s Hospital Foundation to advance research in IPF and sponsor junior investigators to present their data to an international audience

November 2013 – $8,500 to University of Alberta, Lung Health Centre for research into singing in a choir for IPF lung patient therapy study

September 2013 – $35,000 to St Joseph’s Hospital Foundation for a Research Fellowship.  The successful applicant will be researching causes and treatments for PF

July 2013 – $60,000 to University Health Network, Toronto General Hospital, IPF Research Centre for clinical research staff

September 2012 – $70,000 to University Health Network, Toronto General Hospital, to fund a one year Research Fellowship and increase the prior year’s grant by $10,000

September 2011 – $50,000 to University Health Network, Toronto General Hospital, to fund a one year Research Fellowship

September 2010 – $52,000 to Dr. Shane Shapera, Toronto General Hospital, to research the link between Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease and IPF