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2022 Research and Mission Award Winner, Dr. Zabrina Brumme

Vancouver, BC – Dr. Darryl Knight, President, Providence Research, Vice President, Research & Academic Affairs, Providence Health Care (PHC) and Associate Dean - Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia (UBC) is pleased to announce the winner of this year’s Research and Mission Award, Dr. Zabrina Brumme.

Since 2005, the annual PHC Research & Mission Award has been handed out to an extraordinary scientist in our community. This award recognizes a researcher who not only contributes to scientific knowledge at an exceptional level; it also distinguishes a leader, an innovator, and a team player who exemplifies the mission and values of Providence Health Care and Providence Research.

Dr. Knight said, “Participating in this great era of scientific discovery takes courage, patience, and endless curiosity to take on the challenge to make lives complicated by illness, better.  This year, I am so very pleased to present the 2022 Research and Mission award to Dr. Zabrina Brumme.”

Dr. Brumme is an international leader in characterizing genetic diversity and evolution of HIV, which represents one of the greatest challenges to the design of anti-HIV vaccines. She is a tenured Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the Laboratory Director at the BC

Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) at St. Paul’s Hospital with over 180 peer-reviewed publications that have been cited a total of 10,700 times. She co-founded the International HIV Adaptation Collaborative which created ‘immune escape maps’ of common mutation sites across the viral genome; these are now the field’s gold-standard tools to study the virus’ ability to evade immune recognition through rapid mutation that directly informs the design of personalized HIV RNA therapeutic vaccines. Alongside of her research on HIV Dr. Brumme’s parallel work on COVID-19, has truly cemented her role as a highly regarded and respected scientist and team player. In her daily work, she leads a team of researchers from Providence Health Care, St. Paul’s Hospital, and SFU in an effort to manage complex medical care outcomes for patients.

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Susan Ogilvie, Communications Officer

Providence Research