Funding: Ontario Research Fund supports early researchers and infrastructure at Western

MPP Monte McNaughton at the podium during the ORF Announcement

Today, the Ontario government announced $2.2 million in support of research at Western University.

The funds support important health research projects at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry through the Early Researcher Awards and the Ontario Research Fund (ORF) Infrastructure Fund.

“Early career researchers bring fresh approaches, enthusiasm, and new expertise,” said David Litchfield, PhD, Vice Dean of Research and Innovation at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. “This kind of funding is really an investment in the future.”

The infrastructure funds help push research advances forward by providing resources to purchase critical new equipment.

“It is important that we invest in the next generation and provide a strong way forward for research. This investment translates into opportunities for local jobs, health innovations and the future of our communities,” said Dr. Sarah Prichard, Acting Vice-President (Research) at Western.

Congratulations to the recipients from Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.

Early Researcher Awards:

Ilka Heinemann, PhD, Biochemistry. “Oncogenic kinases regulate mirna stability”

Shih-Han (Susan) Huang, PhD, Medicine and Medical Biophysics. “The effects of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura on the brain structure and function”

Dr. Naveen Poonai, Paediatrics. “Intranasal versus intravenous ketamine for procedural sedation in children: a randomized, controlled, non-inferiority, multicenter trial”

ORF Research Infrastructure Fund:

Brian Allman, PhD, Anatomy and Cell Biology. “Noise-induced hearing loss and brain plasticity”

Tim Bussey, PhD, Physiology & Pharmacology and Robarts Research Institute. “From circuits to behaviour in health and disease”

Ali Khan, PhD, Medical Biophysics and Robarts Research Institute. “Computational neuroimaging”

Rithwik Ramachandran, PhD, Physiology & Pharmacology. “G-protein coupled receptor signalling in health and disease”