Pfizer Ripples of Hope Awards granted to four outstanding researchers
VANCOUVER, Jan. 19, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Pfizer Canada is pleased to
announce four recipients of the annual Pfizer Ripples of Hope Awards. Bibiana Wong and Liza Sutton are both post-doctoral fellows at
the University of British Columbia and are respectively the recipients
of the Pfizer Ripples of Hope Award for Mental Health and for Rare Diseases. The second recipient of
the Mental Health award is Alice Hawkins, who is pursuing a PhD in
Interdisciplinary studies in Ethics and Medical Genetics at the
University of British Columbia. Safia Ladha, who is in the final stages
of her Masters in Science at the University of British Columbia, is the
second recipient of the Rare Diseases award and also in her pursuit of
a career in Medical Genetics.
"Now in its third year, the Ripples of Hope awards continue supporting
the vision and dreams of young researchers," said Dr. Hayden,
co-founder of the award and Director of the Centre for Molecular
Medicine and Therapeutics at the Child & Family Research Institute.
"This year, the quality of the applications we received was exemplary,
making our selection very difficult. I am thrilled with our final
decision. I look forward to witnessing the career development of this
year's recipients and their contributions to finding treatment and
prevention approaches for rare diseases and mental health."
"We are delighted to once again support the Ripples of Hope Awards," said Paul Levesque, President, Pfizer Canada. "We understand
the importance of research into the development of novel treatments for
rare diseases which is also a key priority for Pfizer and we are
pleased to support young talented researchers who pursue careers in
Created in 2008, the Pfizer Ripples of Hope Trainee Awards in Mental Health and Rare Diseases support new
scientists in British Columbia in their quest to make major
contributions to human health. The awards were made possible after
Pfizer Canada established two endowment funds at the BC Children's
Hospital Foundation for $700,000 in Mental Health and Rare Diseases and
Dr. Michael Hayden pledged the prize he had received from the Canadian
Institutes for Health Research towards the Ripples of Hope awards.
About the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT)
The Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT) is a
synergistic group of scientists and researchers who share a strong
sense of commitment to solve the many genetic questions surrounding
human illness and well being. Affiliated with the University of British
Columbia and the Child & Family Research Institute, CMMT conducts
discovery research and translates that research into effective clinical
and therapeutic strategies to promote health. For more information,
About Pfizer in Canada
Pfizer Canada Inc. is the Canadian operation of Pfizer Inc, the world's
leading biopharmaceutical company. Pfizer discovers, develops,
manufactures and markets prescription medicines for humans and animals.
Pfizer Inc invests more than US$7 billion annually in R&D to discover
and develop innovative life-saving and life-enhancing medicines in a
wide range of therapeutic areas. Our diversified health care portfolio
includes human and animal biologic and small molecule medicines and
vaccines, as well as nutritional products and many of the world's
best-known consumer products. For more information, visit www.pfizer.ca.
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Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics, CFRI, UBC