Jan 09

Lung Health Research Grant 2022 Competition Winners

Supporting research pioneers, working hard to help the one in five Albertans affected by a lung or breathing conditions, is a fundamental initiative of the AB Lung. Our annual Lung Health Research Grants are a peer-reviewed competition that supports research that’s directly relevant to human respiratory health. To encourage new investigators, particular consideration is given to principal investigators who’ve received their first faculty appointment within the past five years.

Lung Health Research Grants 2022 Competition

The Lung Health Research Grants (LHRG) is a peer-reviewed competition that supports pulmonary research or development projects. Applications will be considered for research proposals that are directly relevant to human respiratory health.

A partnership between Alberta Lung and BC Lung, both organizations manage the LHRG application and peer review process. Applicants should refer to specific provincial guidelines as they may vary for each province. Competition guidelines are available here.

2022 Grant Competition Winners: 

Dr. Maria Castro-Codesal, University of Alberta: Long-term non-invasive ventilation in children: a prospective longitudinal study of patient/family reported outcomes.
By studying patient experiences, she hopes to ensure that children with chronic respiratory problems have meaningful benefits from therapies and challenges are minimised.

Dr. Tatiana Makhinova, University of Alberta: Addressing Treatment Gaps in COPD: Building a Collaborative Care Model in Case-Finding and Evidence-Based Pharmacotherapy. COPD is often misdiagnosed and underdiagnosed, leading to sub-optimal care. Limited guidance exists for healthcare providers for collaborative care of COPD. The study will address this gap and hopefully lead to better guidelines, for better patient health outcomes.

Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship:

Dr. Prince Andrew & Dr. Sachin Pendharkar, University of Calgary: Adoption and enhancement of primary care management pathway for obstructive sleep apnea: an implementation evaluation project. Obstructive sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder linked to increased health issues and lower quality of life. Diagnosis often takes a long time.  They will study primary care management pathways for primary care to diagnose and treat OSA, which may reduce wait times. It also increases the understanding of how clinical care pathways can be used to improve patient care for other conditions.