AllerGen trainee Ryan Huff named Vanier Scholar

AllerGen trainee Ryan Huff has been awarded a 2018-2019 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, in support of his proposed research project Air Pollution Induces Glucocorticoid Resistance in Humans.

Ryan Huff

“As a previous varsity track & field athlete with mild asthma and severe pollen allergies, I have always had a keen interest in how the environment we live in affects our lung health,” explains Huff.

“My graduate research focuses on how air pollution impacts the function of inhaled corticosteroids or glucocorticoids, a commonly used class of asthma medication.”

Huff is pursuing his research as a PhD student in Experimental Medicine at The University of British Columbia (UBC), under the supervision of AllerGen investigator Dr. Christopher Carlsten.

“Ryan has all the hallmarks of a star in science – curiosity, drive, teamwork, efficiency,” comments Dr. Carlsten, who heads UBC’s Division of Respiratory Medicine. “He’s a true gem.”

“AllerGen has played a crucial role supporting this research in its early stages through an AllerGen SCORE-TRAP project grant,” observes Huff, “and AllerGen helped advance my career by awarding me an Asthma Canada/AllerGen Bastable-Potts Graduate Student Research Award during my first year of PhD studies.”

“I am very thankful to AllerGen for providing opportunities that allow young researchers like myself to pursue research that will impact the respiratory health and well-being of Canadians.”

Across Canada, 167 new Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship recipients were selected for the 2018-2019 competition administered by CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC. The fellowships, valued at $50,000 per year for three years during doctoral studies, are selected based on academic excellence, research potential, and leadership.