Three UBC Psychology researchers awarded funding through BC Knowledge Development Fund

From L-R: Dr. Lauren Emberson, Dr. Noah Silverberg, Dr. Samantha Dawson

Congratulations to our faculty who received funding through the BC Knowledge Development Fund. Their research will help us build a more innovative, sustainable and inclusive future.

The project Using fNIRS to Uncover Neurodevelopmental Difference arising from Prematurity, led by Dr. Lauren Emberson, received a BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF). The BCKDF also awarded funding to Dr. Samantha Dawson’s Sexuality and Well-being Lab, and Dr. Noah Silverberg’s project on ‘Persistent symptoms after concussion: psychological mechanisms and treatment‘.

“As part of our Stronger BC Economic Plan and commitment to prepare people for the jobs of tomorrow, we are investing in research capabilities at B.C. post-secondary institutions to help solve some of our society’s most pressing issues,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation. “These investments – ranging from environmental health to vibration and acoustics research – allow researchers to create new and innovative technology that will improve the lives of people throughout B.C.”

The BCKDF is a strong contributor to the objectives of B.C.’s StrongerBC Economic Plan. It helps rebuild and grow the economy by improving B.C.’s productivity and competitiveness. Other benefits include potential commercialization, spinoffs and patents, as well as discoveries that directly affect the lives of British Columbians in medicine and the management of the environment.

By investing in research infrastructure, the B.C. government is continuing to support post-secondary institutions to build a more innovative, sustainable and inclusive future.

Students and faculty at UBC are using the equipment funded by the BCKDF to conduct research with real-world implications, from child and youth mental health, concussions, sexuality and well-being, and treatment for opioid-use disorder.

“This investment in state-of-the-art scientific equipment and research infrastructure enables UBC faculty and students to conduct cutting-edge research that advances knowledge and creates new technologies and practices that address challenges in areas like health, clean technology, information technologies and public policy. With the support of the BC Knowledge Development Fund, our researchers will be well-positioned to lead B.C. into a more healthy, innovative and sustainable future.”
President and Vice-Chancellor, University of British Columbia