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Three SPPH Students Win Friedman Awards for Scholars in Health

Jul 09, 2018 |

(Left to right) 2018 Friedman Award for Scholars in Health recipients Erika Siren (Faculty of Science), Hooman Esfandiari, Anita Minh, Lindsay Richter, Andrew Perrin, Christina Luong and Sam Pakyari. Not pictured: Ashleigh Rich.


Congratulations to SPPH students Anita Minh, Ashleigh Rich, and Christina Luong on their selection as winners of the Friedman Award for Scholars in Health.

The Friedman Award for Scholars in Health supports learning and research opportunities for graduate students or medical residents working in the broad area of health, providing opportunities for recipients to bring new perspectives to their education and further their careers.

The award is named after two of the earliest faculty members in the UBC Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Sydney Friedman and his wife Dr. Constance Livingstone-Friedman believed that well-rounded and transformative education includes learning from different perspectives and cultures, and they wished to support such learning among UBC graduate students and medical residents.

Friedman Scholars receive funding for six or more months of study outside western Canada. A total of nine graduate students received awards this year.

Anita Minh is a PhD student, working under the mentorship of Dr. Chris McLeod, SPPH, and Dr. Ute Bültmannat, University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), the Netherlands. As a Friedman Scholar, Anita will investigate how societal factors (systems) shape young people’s mental health over their life course. At UMCG, Anita will have access to the Tracking Adolescents’ Individual Lives Survey (TRAILS), a longitudinal dataset from the Netherlands, and will collaborate with researchers in the fields of public health and life-course epidemiology. For her PhD dissertation, Anita aims to produce comparative case studies of young people from Canada, the United States, and the Netherlands.

Ashleigh Rich, SPPH PhD student currently collaborating with Dr. Jeannie Shoveller and Dr. Robert Hogg, will be traveling to the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). There, under the mentorship of Dr. Tonia Poteat, Ashleigh will investigate the epidemiology of multimorbidity among the HIV-positive transgender people in British Columbia, and across the US and Canada. At JHU, Ashleigh will have access to the North American AIDS Cohort Collaboration on Research and Design (NA-ACCORD), which is the largest dataset and is widely representative of HIV care in North America, and will collaborate with the NA-ACCORD biostatistics and epidemiological core team.

Dr. Christina Luong is a Masters in Health Science student and an Echocardiography Fellow at the Vancouver General Hospital. Under the mentorship of Patricia Pellikkaat the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Dr. Luong will master specialized clinical skill of directing and interpreting stress echocardiography and complete research on the use of stress echo for valvular heart disease to assist in clinical decision-making and patient outcomes. Dr. Luong intends to use her training to expand the stress echocardiographic program at UBC/VGH.

Read more about the PhD program here.

Read more about the Masters in Health Science program here.