Patient-Oriented Research Awards

As part of our commitment to facilitating research relationships between patients, researchers, healthcare providers, decision-makers and other stakeholders, we provide awards to support teams conducting Patient-Oriented Research in the Island Health region.

Graduate Student POR Fellows 2021-22

The Island Centre’s Graduate Fellowships provide students with training and support in the principles and practice of patient-oriented research, create opportunities for collaboration, and build capacity for patient-oriented research. Below is a list of the 14 Graduate POR 2021-22 Fellows, funded through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) as part of Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR).

Patient-Oriented Research (POR) Master’s Fellowship Awardees
  • Arie Ross, Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria
    • Global Goal, Local Impact: Access to Abortion Services for Indigenous Peoples in Canada
  • Rob Higgins, Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria
    • Can gay blood donation policy reduce stigma: U=U and PrEP in the context of blood donation
  • Abby Hutchison, Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria
    • Research for the implementation of drug checking in non-urban areas on VI as a response to the unregulated illicit supply
  • Jordan Monks, Social Dimensions of Health, University of Victoria
    • Exploring the SDoH Associated with STI in Older Cis-Gender Women
  • Anthony Amato, Social Dimensions of Health, University of Victoria
    • An intersectional examination of discrimination and social support among GBTQ2S+ before and throughout the pandemic
  • Eleah Stringer, Social Dimensions of Health, University of Victoria
    • Utility of electronic decision-support tools for patients with head and neck cancer
  • Cara Miller, Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education, University of Victoria
    • Patients’ Perspectives of Exercise with Bone Metastases
  • Logan White, Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria
    • Treating Substance Addiction/Dependence 2SLGBTQQIA with Psilocybin or LSD
Patient-Oriented Research (POR) PhD Fellowship Awardees
  • Pauline Song, Psychology, University of Victoria
    • Narrative Exploration of the Experience of Racialized Youth Who Receive Mental Healthcare in Victoria, BC
  • Audrey Tung, Geography, University of Victoria
    • Holding Space for Older Women who are Underhoused
  • Mattie Walker, Social Dimensions of Health, University of Victoria
    • Exploring Safety in Trauma Support Contexts with Trans, Two-Spirit, and Nonbinary People in Island Health
  • Taylor Snowden-Richardson, Medical Sciences, University of Victoria
    • Train your Brain...At home! Exploring a highly accessible, therapeutic program for individuals with traumatic brain injuries
  • Alex Wells, Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria
    • An Exploratory Study on the role of LGBTQ2SSpecific Recreational Sports in Canadian Healthcare Ecosystem
  • Coady Babin, Social Dimensions of Health, University of Victoria
    • We Are Here: LBTQ+ women with chronic health conditions experiences in Canadian Healthcare systems

Current Awards

Team Assist Awards (ongoing)

Team Assist awards are intended to fund planning and pre-grant activities to inform future patient-oriented research projects.

These awards:

  • Facilitate the formation of multi-disciplinary POR research teams
  • Promote collaboration amongst stakeholders and remove barriers to engagement
  • Support patients to provide input on priorities for health research
  • Enable teams to submit strong POR applications to future competitions

Eligible Costs

In addition to planning and coordination of meetings, funds are available for catering for an engagement opportunity or workshop, renting meeting space for public fora and compensation of patient partners or physicians to attend brainstorming sessions. 

Team Assist awards cannot be used to fund teams that are not patient-oriented.

Get all the details, including how to apply, here.