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Welcome to the 36 new and returning ACHRI trainees pursuing Master's, PhD and Postdoctorate programs, and to the CCMG Fellowship and MD Resident awardees in ACHRI.
We also welcome the many trainees who are being supervised this year by ACHRI investigators across multi-disciplines at the University of Calgary.
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Myra Chen, Andrea Rakic, Kristina Kowalski, Rebecca Green,Nicole Racine, Kara Vanden Broek, Preeti Kar
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Cherie Kuo, Emily Macphail,  Franz Zemp, Maeda Ejaredar, Joseph Orkin, Charleen Salmon, Matt Shay, Quinn McLellan,
Vickie Plourde, Nathaniel Bryans
The ACHRI Training Program offers training opportunities to undergraduate, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows within child and maternal health, from basic research to clinical and population health science.
For more information contact the Trainee Manager Julia Klenin  403-220-8158  or Director, Donna Slater, PhD

Physiology and Pharmacology postdoctoral scholar Nick Jendzjowsky has been awarded an Alberta Innovates Health Solution fellowship for his research about the role of the carotid system in asthma. Jendzjowsky is a trainee under the supervision of professor Richard Wilson, PhD, a member of HBI and ACHRI. "Asthmatics appear to have an altered carotid body response, which may affect their ability to breathe,” Jendzjowsky says. “The carotid body pathway has been largely overlooked as an important part of the pathophysiology attributed to asthma; proving this new pathway would be a big step in respiratory research.

Undergrads hard at work keeping kids' play safe

Tingting Yan, a second-year BHSc student, is trying to understand how concussions affect blood flow to the brain using magnetic imaging resonance (MRI). This research is part of the PLAYGAME trial led by Dr. Karen Barlow at the Alberta Children's Hospital (ACH). Yan uses this non-invasive method of measuring cerebral blood flow to compare children with and without a concussion. Photo: Yan with mock scanner at Alberta Children's Hospital where children become more comfortable before MRI tests.

PhD trainee Corey Arnold co-lead author on genetic determinants of stroke

PhD candidate Corey Arnold in Sarah Childs’ lab is co-lead of a recent publication in the journal Lancet Neurology. The research team was able to provide novel findings on the genetic determinants of stroke by identifying additional loci from a meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies and provided biological plausibility by modelling their loss in model organisms.  Arnold joined the Childs’ lab in 2010 with the assistance of an ACHRI-CIHR training grant.  In the lab, he uses the zebrafish as a model for vascular growth to uncover the role of a particular gene, called FoxF2, in the stabilization of cerebral blood vessels.  

Daniela Urrego has received the CIHR-IHDCYD Award of Excellence (poster presentation) at the 2016 Canadian National Perinatal Research conference. She is also the recipient of the Dr. D. Grant Gall graduate traineeship.  Urrego is a MD/PhD student in the Leaders in Medicine Program at the Cumming School of Medicine and is researching the G-protein coupled receptors in human myometrium, exploring novel targets for clinical management of labour.