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UBC Killam Postdoctoral Research Prize 2014

It is with immense pleasure that Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies announces the two winners of the 2014 Killam Postdoctoral Research Prize, which is offered through the Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO) at UBC’s Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS).

The winners are:

Dr. Kanna Hayashi (Tanimura) is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Medicine, Division of AIDS, and is a health scientist who has expertise in illicit drug use, public health and human rights, and social epidemiology. Her postdoctoral research focuses on the natural history of injection drug use and addiction treatment, particularly for stimulant users, and aims to identify novel strategies to reduce drug-related harm.

Dr. Nia Lewis is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Health and Exercise Sciences at UBC - Okanagan. Her research focuses on understanding the mechanisms that regulate blood flow to the brain in humans in health and disease, including work in the laboratory and also novel field-based research at high altitude native populations (e.g., the Sherpa). The research in disease states has a particular focus on brain blood flow regulation in chronic lung disease, and exploration of novel interventions to improve blood flow and stoke risk.

Each will receive an award of $5,000 for outstanding research achievements during their time as UBC Postdoctoral Fellows.

We encourage eligible UBC Postdoctoral Fellows to apply for this award in future. These awards are given annually for excellence in research. Established in 2011, the Killam PDF Research Prize is in memory of Izaak Walton Killam and his wife, Dorothy Johnston Killam, who together created the Killam Trusts.

The next application deadline will be in Fall 2015. Information on the application and adjudication processes can be found on the Postdoctoral Fellow’s Office (PDFO) website