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Niagara Health Knowledge Institute and the Thrombosis and Atherosclerosis Research Institute’s Liaw Lab partner on student researcher scholarship

Posted Mar 13th, 2024

Dr. Patricia Liaw and Dr. Jennifer Tsang

Dr. Patricia Liaw (left), a professor and researcher at TaARI, with Dr. Jennifer Tsang, Executive Director and Chief Scientist of the Niagara Health Knowledge Institute. Dr. Liaw has partnered with NHKI to offer a summer student research scholarship.

If you’re a university student keen to do lab-based research that focuses on innovation and the aging population, the Niagara Health Knowledge Institute (NHKI) and the Thrombosis and Atherosclerosis Research Institute (TaARI) have a scholarship for that.

NHKI and TaARI have partnered to offer one undergraduate university student in a science or health-related program a scholarship worth $10,000 to work in the TaARI lab for 12 weeks this summer between May and August. The scholarship recipient will participate in research training focusing on innovation, the aging population, and/or personalized medicine, with an emphasis on creating new networks between community hospitals and academic research institutes.

“Niagara Health and the Niagara Health Knowledge Institute place great value on teaching, learning, research, innovation and partnerships,” says Dr. Jennifer Tsang, NHKI Executive Director and Chief Scientist. “As such, we’re providing learners from any university science or health-related program a chance to participate in scientific exchange, collaboration and learning in TaARI’s research environment.”

The student researcher will work full-time alongside an NHKI and TaARI researcher to contribute to an existing research project. While the majority of the time will be spent at the TaARI lab in Hamilton, the student researcher will have regular opportunities to meet and collaborate with the NHKI team at the St. Catharines hospital.

“The partnership between NHKI and TaARI is a wonderful opportunity to train the next generation of researchers,” says Dr. Patricia Liaw, a professor and research at TaARI. “The summer student will receive cutting-edge, lab-based research training that focuses on innovation and the aging population. The research project will help to strengthen collaborations between community hospitals and academic research institutes.”

NHKI participates in research and multi-centre clinical trials in cardiology, critical care medicine, emergency medicine, hematology and transfusion medicine, neurology, oncology and thrombosis with a commitment to improving the quality of patient care. The NHKI was launched in May 2023 with a $4-million donation from the McCall MacBain Foundation.

The Summer Student Research Scholarship is co-funded by NHKI and the Liaw Lab.

“We know the impact of Niagara Health’s community partnerships on advancing patient care,” says Lynn Guerriero, Niagara Health President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are thrilled to be working with research leader Dr. Liaw to offer this opportunity to a student whose work will have tremendous impact on knowledge generation, providing safe, quality care, and attracting and retaining other talented healthcare professionals to the area.”

Applications for the NHKI-TaARI Summer Student Research Scholarship close March 28. More information, including application requirements and instructions, are available on the Niagara Health website.

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