Please join us in offering our huge congratulations  to Dr. Holly Sparks for being awarded a Canada Research Chair!

Dr. Sparks pursued a PhD in regenerative medicine at UCalgary with Dr. Jeff Biernaskie, PhD, a professor of stem cell biology at UCVM, and the Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society Chair in Skin Regeneration and Wound Healing. Her zeal for drilling down into clinical conundrums is now being recognized with an NSERC Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Equine Regenerative Medicine.

Her research can translate into new therapies that can affect how we treat horses and humans, particularly regenerative therapies.

“She is on a mission to not only develop new regenerative therapies, but to also improve efficacy and utility of therapies currently available in clinical practice.  Her previous experience in running large animal veterinary clinical trials is also a key asset and will be invaluable to the new Centre for Cell Therapy Translation here at UCalgary,” said Dr. Biernaskie.

During her PhD, Sparks was introduced to a wealth of cutting-edge scientific approaches. “I want to continue on that path and apply those tools to study acute and chronic disease in other connective tissues. This CRC position allows me to combine my skills as a clinician-scientist to bridge the gap between clinical practice and research to ultimately help more patients, which is something I’m really passionate about.”

Your support and donations go toward funding research like Dr. Sparks’ and Dr. 

Biernaskie’s crucial work on regenerative therapies that can help burn victims heal. Please consider a donation today.