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Dr. Igor Stagljar - Large-scale exploration and functional validation of the dynamic interactions of CFTR WT and mutant proteins with solute carrier proteins
Dr. Igor Stagljar - Large-scale exploration and functional validation of the dynamic interactions of CFTR WT and mutant proteins with solute carrier proteins

Dr. Igor Stagljar, professor and researcher at the University of Toronto, has recently been funded by Cystic Fibrosis Canada for his study, Large-scale exploration and functional validation of the dynamic interactions of CFTR WT and mutant proteins with solute carrier proteins.

Read our interview with Dr. Stagljar below! 

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Dr. Zongchao Jia - The role of Polyphosphate Kinase in developing new therapies for Pseudomonas Aeruginosa
Dr. Zongchao Jia - The role of Polyphosphate Kinase in developing new therapies for Pseudomonas Aeruginosa

Dr. Zongchao Jia is a professor and researcher at Queens University who was recently funded by Cystic Fibrosis Canada for his research study, Investigation of P. aeruginosa polyphosphate kinases and their role in host cell infection for developing novel CF therapeutics.

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Dr. Valerie Waters - Pseudomonas aeruginosa and staphylococcus aureus interactions and antimicrobial tolerance in patients with cystic fibrosis
Dr. Valerie Waters

Dr. Valerie Waters is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Toronto and a physician in the Department of Infectious Disease at SickKids. Dr. Waters was recently funded by Cystic Fibrosis Canada for her study; Pseudomonas aeruginosa and staphylococcus aureus interactions and antimicrobial tolerance in patients with cystic fibrosis.

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Dr. Lindsay Eltis Researchers working to better understand an important CF pathogen
Dr. Lindsay Eltis Researchers working to better understand an important CF pathogen

Lindsay Eltis is a professor and researcher at The University of British Columbia who was recently funded by Cystic Fibrosis Canada for his study, Targeting steroid catabolism in mycobacterium abscessus for novel therapeutics. Cystic Fibrosis Canada partnered with the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in the UK to fund this award.

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Dr Lisa Strug Beyond the CFTR gene; unraveling genetic contributors to CF-related conditions
Dr Lisa Strug Beyond the CFTR gene; unraveling genetic contributors to CF-related conditions

Dr. Lisa Strug is a professor at the University of Toronto and Senior Scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children, focusing on genetics and genome biology.

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Dr. Jonathan Dennis New unexplored approach to treatment of dangerous bacteria
Dr. Jonathan Dennis New unexplored approach to treatment of dangerous bacteria

Dr. Jonathan Dennis is a researcher and professor at the University of Alberta in the Department of Biological Sciences. Dr. Dennis was recently funded by Cystic Fibrosis Canada for his research, Phage Therapy for Burkholderia CF lung infections

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Dr. Gagan Gupta Creating a future of personalized medicine for CF
Dr. Gagan Gupta - Creating a future of personalized medicine for CF

Dr. Gagan Gupta is a professor and researcher at Toronto Metropolitan University in the department of Chemistry & Biology. Dr. Gupta was recently funded by Cystic Fibrosis Canada for his study, Connecting CFTR interaction profiling and drug response in cellular models of human airway, receiving an early career investigator award for his work. Read below our conversation with Dr. Gupta about his work and involvement with cystic fibrosis.  

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Dr. Sanja Stanojevic - Diving deeper into the under-represented Canadian CF population
Dr. Sanja Stanojevic -Diving deeper into the under-represented Canadian CF population

Dr. Stanojevic is a respiratory epidemiologist who wants to better understandhow the CF population changes over time and how we can keep people healthier for longer. She was recently funded by Cystic Fibrosis Canada for her study Beyond the numbers: understanding disparities in the under-represented Canadian Cystic Fibrosis population, with an Early Career Investigator Award. Learn more about her contribution to CF research below. 

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Dr. Amy Wong - Bioengineering novel airway mimetics using human induced pluripotent stem cells for CF disease modeling and therapy
Dr. Amy Wong

Dr. Amy Wong is a scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children who was recently granted an early career investigator award for her study; Bioengineering novel airway mimetics using human induced pluripotent stem cells for CF disease modeling and therapy. Dr. Wong’s intention is to create the first humanized artificial airway to study the CF disease, focusing on the impact of mucus obstructions on airflow and cell functions. She proposes that if successful, this new tool will advance basic science discoveries in cystic fibrosis treatments and mechanisms. 

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Dr. Anne Stephenson -The Unknowns of Aging with Cystic Fibrosis
Dr. Anne Stephenson

Dr. Anne Stephenson is a respirologist and clinician at St. Michael’s Hospital as well as director of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Registry. Dr. Stephenson was recently funded by Cystic Fibrosis Canada for her study Getting older and wiser: the complexities of ageing with cystic fibrosis. Her study has received both the Cathleen Morrison Research Impact Award for being the highest-ranked project among our community reviewers, as well as the Robbie Award for Most Promising New Research Project. Learn more about Dr. Stephenson’s research and impact on the CF Community below.  

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