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Cystic Fibrosis Canada Awards Five Summer Research Studentships

Cystic Fibrosis Canada (CF Canada) offers 3-month summer studentships to undergraduate students conducting cystic fibrosis (CF) research at a Canadian institution under the supervision of a CF researcher. View the full list of the 2017 recipients and their research projects here.

The highest ranking applicant in the summer competition is also awarded the Karen Lackey Summer Studentship Award, a $250 book prize. Karen Lackey was born with CF in 1958, and throughout her 29 years, she was a leader in promoting CF awareness. Karen was a committed member of the South Saskatchewan CF Chapter, serving as Chapter President from 1985-87, and also served on CF Canada’s National Board of Directors. She made clear her understanding and appreciation of the organization’s role in encouraging promising young students to undertake CF-related projects, in order to inspire future medical and scientific leaders. The Karen Lackey Summer Studentship Award was established in her honour and memory.

The recipient of the 2017 Karen Lackey Award is Alysha Rose, an undergraduate student working under the supervision of Dr. Paul Linsdell at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Alysha’s research will focus on understanding the changes in the shape of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) protein, the protein that is defective in CF. By gaining insight into these changes, the team in the Linsdell lab aims to determine how they might be able to manipulate the shape of CFTR to improve its function.

CF Canada congratulates all the 2017 Summer Studentship recipients!