Announcement: 25 new CIHR-funded projects for Western researchers

Researchers at Western University are the recipients of a total of $12.4 million in project and bridge grant funding announced by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) today.

There were a total of 25 funded projects across the University, with 20 at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. These funds will aid researchers in exploring some of the most important health questions ranging from the genetic progression of thyroid cancer to understanding the role of the family physician in early psychosis intervention.

Congratulations to each of the recipients:

Funded Project Grants

Anderson, Kelly K 

Understanding the Role of the Family Physician in Early Psychosis Intervention: A Mixed Methods Study

Arts, Eric J 

Activating latent HIV with autologous activating HIV vector (ACT-VEC)

Bartha, Robert 

Tumour Acidification Treatment: Optimization using pH-Weighted MRI

Gunaratnam, Lakshman 

The Role of Kidney Injury Molecule-1 in Renal Transplantation

Heinrichs, David E 

Iron acquisition and storage mechanisms in Staphylococcus aureus pathogenesis

Macdermid, Joy C 

Narcotic versus non-narcotic medication for pain management after wrist/hand fractures: a randomized noninferiority clinical trial

Martinez-Trujillo, Julio C 

Probing Hippocampus function in primates using virtual reality. Implications for the study of memory deficits in humans.

Nichols, Anthony C 

The Evolution of the Most Lethal Human Malignancy: The Genetic Progression of Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer

Palaniyappan, Lena K 

Myelin Mapping and Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia

Penuela, Silvia 

Pannexin 1 channels as novel regulators of malignant melanoma

Ramachandran, Rithwik 

Dissecting Proteinase Activated Receptor-4 (PAR4) signaling in the cardiovascular system.

Renaud, Stephen J 

Immune Regulation of Placental Development and Function During Normal and Pathological Pregnancy.

Ronald, John A 

Blood-based detection and molecular imaging visualization of cancer using reporter gene vectors called tumor-activatable minicircles

Seguin, Cheryle A 

Ectopic calcification of spinal tissues: etiology and potential therapeutic targets

Wang, Rennian 

Studies of the functional role of pancreatic stellate cells (PaSCs) during islet differentiation, regeneration and diabetes.

Welsh, Donald G 

Electromechanical signaling in the cerebral circulation: Basic mechanisms to disease application.

Montero Odasso, Manuel M (Lawson)

Gait as a clinical marker to predict progression to dementia syndromes in MCI

Funded Bridge Grants

Edgell, David R 

Enhancing CRISPR genome-editing outcomes with the TevCas9 dual nuclease

Gilliland, Jason A 

Development and Evaluation of a Smartphone Based Program for Improving Food Literacy and Healthy Eating Among Youth

Gribble, Paul L 

Sensory Motor Neuroplasticity and Motor Learning by Observing

Osuch, Elizabeth A (Lawson)

Differentiating Bipolar Disorder from Major Depressive Disorder in depressed, medication-free young adults using multivariate brain imaging and machine learning technologies

Poon, Arthur F 

Phylodynamics of HIV within hosts

Bai, Donglin 

Gap junction mutants and atrial fibrillation

Dick, Frederick A 

Roles of retrotransposon silencing in genome instability and cancer therapy

Drangova, Maria 

Characterizing cerebral thrombus composition with Phase-based MRI