CBR Travel Awards

CBR Travel Awards support graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, research associate, and clinical trainee attendance at scientific meetings and training workshops. They provide presentation and networking opportunities for recipients, who have the chance to travel with funds from the award.

Who can apply?

  • Must be a graduate student, Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF), Research Associate (RA) or clinical trainee within a lab or clinic directed by a Principal Investigator (PI) member of the Centre for Blood Research at UBC. Applicant’s PI must indicate their approval for attendance by signing this application.
  • Must be a current UBC graduate student, PDF, RA or clinical trainee at the time of application and at time of the meeting.
  • Must not have received a CBR Travel Award within the last year

Check the most recent nomination form to confirm eligibility details.

How do I apply?

  • Fill out the CBR Travel Award application and submit the report to CBR’s Education Program Manager, Dr. Parvin Bolourani at parvin@mail.ubc.ca.
  • Successful applicants must agree to submit a 200-word report on the activity within 3 weeks of their attendance, granting the CBR permission to post this report on its website

Check the most recent nomination form to confirm details.

For reference, the most recent nomination form can be viewed here: 2022 CBR Travel Award Application.

Contact Kaitlyn Chuong at kaitlyn.chuong@ubc.ca, with any questions.

  • Dr. Alison McAfee, Postdoctoral Fellow, Foster Lab | Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting
  • Amy Wong Strilchuk, PhD Candidate, Kastrup Lab | 62nd ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition
  • Dr. Hashem Etayash, Postdoctoral Fellow, Hancock Lab | Antimicrobial Peptides, Gordon Research Conference
  • Sreeparna Vappala, PhD Candidate, Kizhakkedathu Lab | International Society of Thrombosis and Hemostasis (ISTH) 2021

Read more about the 2020-2021 CBR Travel Awards.

  • Dr. Jane Ru Choi, Postdoctoral Fellow, Ma Lab | Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences (MicroTAS) 2020
  • Dr. Kalyan Golla, Postdoctoral Fellow, Kim Lab | International Society on Thrombosis and Hemostasis Conference (ISTH) 2020
  • Dr. Mona Khorshidfar, Postdoctoral Fellow, Devine Lab | CSTM Annual Conference
  • Dr. Isabel Pablos Ocampo, Postdoctoral Fellow, Overall Lab | Canadian Society for Immunology Conference
  • Dr. Maren Smith, Postdoctoral Fellow, Hancock Lab | Allied Genetics Conference 2020
  • Dr. Marine Theret, Postdoctoral Researcher, Rossi Lab | Keystone Symposia: Fibrosis and Tissue Repair Conference

Read more about the 2019-2020 CBR Travel Awards.

  • Dr. Pierre-Marie Andrault, Postdoctoral Fellow, Brömme Lab | 2019 Atherosclerosis Gordon Research Conference
  • Dr. Kerryn Matthews, Research Associate, Ma Lab | Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) 2019
  • Dr. Michael Hughes, Research Associate, McNagny Lab | Immunochemistry and Immunobiology Gordon Research Conference
  • Dr. Amy Lee, Research Associate, Hancock Lab | Systems Immunology Conference
  • Dr. Narges Hadjesfandiari, Research Associate, Devine Lab | AABB Conference
  • Soroush Nasseri, PhD Student, Cheung Lab | 22nd International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences
  • Dr. Erika Siren, Kizhakkedathu Lab | Canadian Science Policy Conference
  • Dr. Hesham Soliman, Research Associate, Rossi Lab | Keystone Single Cell Biology Symposium

Read more about the 2018-2019 CBR Travel Awards.

  • Dr. Jennifer Grants, Postdoctoral Fellow, Karsan Lab | 59th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting
  • Dr. Meera Raj, Postdoctoral Fellow, Scott Lab | 31st Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Immunology
  • Dr. Peter Bell, Postdoctoral Fellow, Overall Lab | 3rd Matrix Biology Europe Meeting
  • Dr. Kai Yu, Postdoctoral Fellow, Kizhakkedathu Lab | 29th European Conference on Biomaterials
  • Dr. Natalie Zeytuni, Postdoctoral Fellow, Strynadka Lab

Read more about the 2017-2018 CBR Travel Awards.

Below are just a few stories of the many recipients of the CBR Travel Award. Learn about their stories and how the travel award has helped them attend conferences to expand their horizons.

CBR Travel Awards: Attending the 34th Annual Canadian Society for Immunology (CSI) Conference in Halifax

“As a trainee, I really appreciated the variety of sessions that encouraged interactions and provided opportunities to “talk science”. I feel that the breadth of immunology subjects that the CSI unites created opportunities for both detailed discussions on niche subjects and introductions to new topics.”
– Sarah Bowers, Award Recipient
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CBR Travel Awards: Attending the ISTH 2022 Congress

“I started my PhD at UBC mid-pandemic in September 2020 and had yet to attend an international conference in-person until the ISTH 2022 Congress. The opportunity to attend the ISTH 2022 Congress in-person was an eye-opening experience and my first introduction to the international blood community.”
– Colton Strong, 2022 Award Recipient
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Dr. Alison McAfeeReflections on the Entomological Society of America 2021 Conference

“With my attendance supported by a CBR Travel Award, I presented my recent research on drone (male) honey bee sensitivity to abiotic stressors, including temperature and pesticide stress.”
– Alison McAfee, 2021 Award Recipient
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Photo of Dr. Marine TheretKeystone Symposium: Fibrosis and Tissue Repair: From Molecules and Mechanics to Therapeutic Approaches

Marine: "The talks at the Keystone Symposium: Fibrosis and Tissue Repair, From Molecules and Mechanics emphasized how investigating and understanding the signaling pathways that influence fibrosis as a whole will not only elucidate key components of the regenerative process, but may also reveal pathways that could be targeted therapeutically."
Farshad: “My main research interest is the role of inflammation in tissue repair and fibrosis. I attended several incredible talks focused on improving our understanding of the pathogenesis of different fibrotic diseases such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and cirrhosis.”
– Dr. Marine Theret & Farshad Babaeijandaghi, 2020 Award Recipients
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CBR Travel Awards Support Scientists’ Learning at the AABB 2020 Virtual Conference

Mona: “I was delighted to participate in my first AABB meeting from October 3rd to 5th, 2020. It was a wonderful experience to attend a worldwide conference from the comfort of my home office and to follow along with oral speeches, as well as browse the posters, bookstore, and exhibitions.”
Wayne: "Although the attendees were not physically in the same venue this year, I could still experience the passion of blood researchers from all over the world."
– Dr. Mona Khorshidfar & Wayne Zhao, 2020 Award Recipients
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2019 Gordon Research Conference on Atherosclerosis

"I was lucky to travel to Newry, Maine in the U.S.A for the 2019 Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Atherosclerosis from Sunday, June 16th to Friday, June 21st. This international meeting has been held every two years since 1975 and gathers many experts in the field of cardiovascular biology."
– Dr. Pierre-Marie Andrault, Award Recipient
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Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening 2019 (SLAS 2019): 2-6 February 2019

"A total of 5,126 scientists and engineers converged at the Walter E. Washington Convention Centre in downtown Washington, D.C, where short courses, scientific podium talks, exhibitor tutorials and 5 poster sessions prompted open discussions and networking between attendees."
– Dr. Kerryn Matthews, Award Recipient
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Keystone Symposia: Single Cell Biology, Breckenridge, Colorado

"Single cell biology has revolutionized biomedical research. I had the amazing opportunity to absorb some of the innovative emerging technologies, methodologies and computational approaches driving this field forward at the Keystone Single Cell Biology Symposium in Breckenridge, Colorado."
– Dr. Hesham Soliman, Award Recipient
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22nd International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences

"I very much enjoyed talking to the people about my work, and conceived new ideas on how to make progress in the project based on comments I received from the people who would benefit from using our improved clearing techniques in their research."
– Soroush Nasseri, Award Recipient
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The Inaugural Systems Immunology Conference at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

"The focus of this meeting was to bring together the diverse disciplines of experimental, computational and mathematical modeling to study the function and the regulation of the immune system. As systems immunology is a nascent field, this meeting created a fantastic environment for collaborations to take place between immunologists and systems biologists."
– Dr. Amy Lee, Award Recipient
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