Graduate Student Research Grants

We believe that building capacity amongst the next generation of asthma researchers is crucial to ensuring continued developments in asthma treatment. To that end, we have expanded our Bastable-Potts and Enhorning Research Funds to provide grants to emerging researchers involved in early-onset and late-onset asthma research. With Asthma Canada CEO & President Vanessa Foran as a board member, we have partnered with AllerGen NCE Inc. to create the Graduate Student Research Grants program. The program will grant two awards to Masters level (MSc/MScN) student researchers; and two awards to PhD level student researchers. We are very excited about this initiative, which will not only support promising research, but will foster the next generation of Canadian asthma researchers.

Below are the inaugural award recipients of the Asthma Canada /AllerGen NCE Graduate Student Research Award!

Danay Maestre-Batlle, a PhD student at the University of British Columbia is conducting cutting-edge research on the respiratory and immunological health effects of inhaled environmental pollutants. The goal of her research is to improve the lives of Canadians, specifically vulnerable groups who suffer from chronic inflammatory airway diseases such as asthma.

Effects of phthalate inhalation on airway immunology: a controlled human exposure study

Thomas Mahood, a PhD student at the University of Manitoba is investigating the role of protein modifications in asthmatic lungs. His research will provide a better blueprint for understanding the mechanisms of asthma – giving us a look into how we can treat the disease and help people living with asthma breathe easier.

Understanding the role of protein prenylation in asthma


Diana Pham is a Master of Science student at the University of Calgary with Dr. Richard Leigh. She is conducting research to expand our knowledge on the molecular mechanisms contributing to the development of asthma. Her findings will help determine an appropriate pharmaceutical target or preventative measure for the airway remodelling that occurs in early childhood asthmatics. 

The role of human rhinovirus infections in the pathogenesis of airway remodelling in asthma


CHILD Study 

The CHILD Study is a prospective longitudinal birth cohort study. This means that CHILD researchers are actively following the Study participants over time as they grow and develop—from mid-pregnancy into childhood and adolescence. CHILD is designed this way so it can collect information at time points that are considered to be especially critical to the health and development of children.

By following the children prospectively as they grow, as opposed to retrospectively (looking back), CHILD researchers are able to more accurately learn about how different early-life exposures relate to health and disease outcomes.

CHILD Study findings will influence medical practice, parenting choices, consumer product regulation and policy development—from building codes and household purchasing behaviours to decisions about childbirth and delivery, diet , breastfeeding, cleaning products used in homes, owning a family pet and dealing with stress.

CHILD is the largest multidisciplinary, longitudinal, population-based birth cohort study in Canada and is designed to be one of the most informative studies of its kind in the world.