Recipient of the Sears Undergraduate Summer Studentship 2021

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Vienna Buchholz, a medical student at the University of Alberta, is the 2021 recipient of the Sears Undergraduate Summer Studentship – a unique training award for an undergraduate university student to work with a CHILD Cohort Study (CHILD) research team for 12 weeks.

Vienna will work with CHILD investigator Dr. Anita Kozyrskyj to study how exposure to nature among Edmonton children participating in CHILD may be associated with development of the infant gut microbiota and atopic disease.

The Studentship was established in honour of Dr. Malcolm Sears, Director of the CHILD Cohort Study until 2017, and illustrates CHILD’s commitment to developing an interest among undergraduate students in the fields of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) and in allergic and related immune diseases research.

Read about the Inaugural 2020 Sears Studentship recipient