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Cystic Fibrosis Canada – University Of British Columbia Clinician Scientist Award At St. Paul’s Hospital
Canada has long been a global leader in CF research and Cystic Fibrosis Canada is committed to continuing its support of world-class research to achieve a cure or control for CF. In order to cultivate the next generation of CF clinical research leaders, Cystic Fibrosis Canada has partnered with the University of British Columbia to establish the Cystic Fibrosis Canada – University of British Columbia Clinician Scientist Award at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. The award totals $500,000 over five years (2014 – 2018) and is designed to attract a highly trained early career CF clinical and research professional to Canada and to foster development of a clinician with a unique skill set and focus on CF.
Dr. Bradley Quon, Respirologist at the Vancouver Adult CF Clinic located at St. Paul’s Hospital, is the first recipient of the award. In addition to being a clinician, Dr. Quon has an active research program and is committed to providing leading edge care to patients with CF in British Columbia. His research is focused on the following areas:
- The use of blood samples to discover biomarkers, molecules that will diagnose or predict a CF exacerbation, to help guide treatment decisions
- The use of quality improvement strategies to improve access to care for CF patients
The newly created Clinician-Scientist Award is particularly important as it will allow Dr. Quon to establish and grow an independent research program that impacts directly on CF care and patient health outcomes.
“This inaugural award allows me to pursue my passion and combine clinical care with an innovative biomarker research program to make meaningful differences in the lives of individuals with CF. The impact of this award goes well beyond building CF research capacity in my own laboratory as the research collaborations I’m beginning to establish here in British Columbia allow me to attract other talented scientists into the field of CF research. I’m also committed to training the next generation of CF clinicians and researchers to carry on the legacy of Canadian-grown excellence in CF clinical care and research as we all strive toward a cure for this disease.”
– Dr. Bradley Quon, CF Canada-UBC Clinician Scientist