Recipient of 2013 CIHR Bisby Fellowship Prize - Miranda Kirby

 

Recent BIRC PhD graduate, Miranda Kirby has been awarded one of the CIHR Bisby Fellowship Prizes, given to the highest ranking candidate in each of the Fellowship Committees which comprise the annual CIHR fellowship competitions held each September. The title of her fellowship application was: Evaluation of Airway Wall Structure in Asthmatics Following Bronchial Thermoplasty Using Optical Coherence Tomography. See more information on Dr. Kirby:  http://www.schulich.uwo.ca/schulichhome/articles/2013/06/13/breathing-passion-into-respiratory-research

In addition to receiving the applicable stipend and a research allowance under the fellowship program, awardees carry the distinction of being branded a Bisby Fellow and will receive a supplement to their research allowances of an additional $5,000 per annum. The intent of the additional research allowance is to enable recipients to assert themselves as thought leaders on the national and international research stage through engagement in national or international conferences, workshops or meetings related to the award recipient's research.

The fellowship is named after Dr. Mark Bisby who joined the former Medical Research Council of Canada (MRC) in 1997 as Director of the Programs Branch. From his arrival in 1997 to his retirement in June 2006, he played an important liaison role with Canada's research community, firstly in ensuring that there was a smooth transition between MRC and CIHR and then creating an environment of research excellence to cultivate the broadened research mandate of CIHR.

Dr. Kirby is a graduate of the PhD program in Medical Biophysics. She completed her graduate studies in Dr. Grace Parraga’s lab at Robarts Research Institute investigating Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) using hyperpolarized Helium-3 Magnetic Resonance Imaging. She is now headed to the Vancouver General Hospital for her post-doctoral work.