WHRI Researchers Recipients of MSFHR Scholar Awards!


The WHRI is proud to announce two of our highly respected researchers, Dr. Sarka Lisonkova and Dr. Elizabeth Rideout, were 2017 Scholar Award recipients through the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR)!

Each year, MSFHR invests in British Columbia’s top researchers to continue to nurture their talent, advance new treatments and respond to health system priorities, therefore helping support the development and retention of BC’s research talent. The MSFHR Program focuses on “researchers who are building cutting-edge health research programs, training junior scientists and expanding their potential to make significant contributions to their field.”

Dr. Sarka Lisonkova is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine and an Associate Faculty member in the School of Population and Public Health. She obtained her medical degree from Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic before studying epidemiology in the US and Canada. She obtained an MSc in Epidemiology from the State University of New York, and a PhD in Epidemiology from the School of Population and Public Health, UBC. Dr. Lisonkova’s Scholar Award will support her research in improving maternal and perinatal health outcomes in high risk mothers.

After completing her BSc (Hons) at the University of Toronto, Dr. Elizabeth Rideout is currently combining her PhD and postdoctoral research to investigate how male-female difference in cellular metabolism lead to sex differences in body size, stress responses and aging. Dr. rideout’s scholar award will support her research in Identifying the molecular mechanisms underlying sex differences in fat storage using Drosophila as a model.

For more information on the MSFHR Scholar Awards, please click here.