HIFI Award Recipients

The Health Innovation Funding Investment (HIFI) Awards support cross-faculty and cross-campus research at UBC's Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. Awards of $10,000 to $25,000 were granted to faculty members collaborating across faculties, disciplines, and campuses to develop new teams, pursue new ideas, or translate findings from innovative health-related research.

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2020
Allies in health: Social support for health behaviours and combating loneliness in the face of COVID-19
HIFI Award: $19,800
  • Dr. Christiane Hoppmann, Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts
  • Dr. Jennifer Jakobi, Professor, School of Health and Exercise Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Development
  • Dr. Maureen Ashe, Associate Professor, Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine
  • Dr. Ken Madden, Associate Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
  • Dr. Rachel Murphy, Assistant Professor, School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine
  • Dr. Wolfgang Linden, Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts
Application of virtual reality to treat vaginismus: Fear of sexual activity
HIFI Award: $25,000
  • Dr. Lori Brotto, Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine
  • Dr. Alan Kingstone, Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts
  • Dr. Melanie Altas, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Gynaecology & Obstetrics, Faculty of Medicine
  • Natalie Brown, MA student, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts
Can we blame the COVID-19 overdose surge on emergency income supports? Empirical evidence to support social policy planning
HIFI Award: $24,527
  • Dr. Lindsey Richardson, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts; Research Scientist, BC Centre on Substance Use
  • Dr. Jane Buxton, Professor, School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine; Medical Lead, Harm Reduction, BC Centre for Disease Control
  • Dr. David Green, Professor, Vancouver School of Economics, Faculty of Arts
  • Dr. Lianping Ti, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine; Research Scientist and Health Administrative Data Lead, BC Centre on Substance Use
  • Dr. Amanda Slaunwhite, Adjunct Professor, School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine; Senior Scientist, BC Centre for Disease Control
  • Dr. Heather Palis, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine and BC Centre for Disease Control
  • Allison Laing, PhD student, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts
Creating a calmer NICU: Pilot testing a robot for optimizing brain development in preterm infants in the NICU
HIFI Award: $24,859
  • Dr. Liisa Holsti, Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine
  • Dr. Manon Ranger, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Dr. Guy Dumont, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computing Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Dr. Kevin Golovin, Assistant Professor, Mechanical School of Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Shahbaz Askari, PhD student, Department of Electrical and Computing Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Indigenous Elder-led app to support parents’ two-eyed seeing for parenting
HIFI Award: $17,000
  • Dr. Wendy Hall, Professor Emeritus, School of Nursing, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Dr. Patti Janssen, Professor, School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine
  • Gloria Mellesmoen, PhD student, Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Arts
Smartphone- and nanotechnology-enabled platform for deployable extracellular vesicle and virus detection
HIFI Award: $25,000
  • Dr. Russ Algar, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science
  • Dr. Karla Williams, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences