August 15, 2023

Announcing the winners of the 3rd Annual 'Society to Cell' Clyde Hertzman Memorial Fellowship

It is our pleasure to announce the recipients of the 3rd annual ’Society to Cell’ Clyde Hertzman Memorial Fellowship competition! This fellowship is funded by the Social Exposome Cluster to financially support UBC trainees who are conducting research projects aimed at understanding how social and environmental factors shape development and health and lead to health disparities across the life course. We wish to thank the reviewers for lending their time and expertise to make this award possible. 

This fellowship is in honour of the late Dr. Clyde Hertzman, the Founding Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), who passed away suddenly in 2013. Dr. Hertzman was a world-leading researcher in childhood development and health, a champion for social justice, and a tireless advocate for all children. He was the Canada Research Chair in Population Health and Human Development and Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC. Dr. Hertzman played a central role in creating a framework that links population health to human development, which has catalyzed research investigating the importance of early child development as a determinant of health. His research contributed to international, national, provincial, and community initiatives for healthy child development. Amongst his many honours, he was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a long-term Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), the recipient of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) 2010 Canada’s Health Researcher of the Year and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2013.

This year's recipients are: 

Erica Kim

Erica Kim, MSc Student, Chemistry, Faculty of Science

Supervisor: Dr. Tao Huan

Title: Development of skin metabolomics to profile human metabolome and exposome



Melody Salehzadeh

Melody Salezhzadeh, PhD Student, Zoology, Faculty of Science

Supervisor: Dr. Kiran Soma

Title: Effects of early-life immune activation on glucocorticoid production in the brain and immune system



Katerina Rnic

Dr. Katernia Rnic, Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychology, Faculty of Arts

Supervisor: Dr. Joelle LeMoult

Title: The social development and biological embedding of co-rumination: A longitudinal study of early adolescents



Mandy Meijer

Dr. Mandy Meijer, Postdoctoral Fellow, Medical Genetics, Faculty of Medicine

Supervisor: Dr. Michael Kobor

Title: Development of a blood-based epigenetics estimator of brain cell type composition and its role in childhood behaviour



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First Nations land acknowledegement

We acknowledge that the UBC Point Grey campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people.

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