Announcement: Interdisciplinary research teams receive seed funding

Five new interdisciplinary research teams have received funding from the Collaborative Research Seed Grants (CRSG) program at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.

CRSG provides seed funding for the formation and development of new interdisciplinary collaborative research teams. The intent is to promote new collaborations that build on different scientific and scholarly backgrounds, to facilitate breakthroughs in solving research questions in a collaborative manner, and to position the School's researchers to successfully respond to targeted requests for proposals from Tri-Council or other funding agencies.

Congratulations to the recipients:

Project Title: Building a bioscaffold for mini-guts


  • Dr. Samuel Asfaha, Department of Medicine
  • Lauren Flynn, PhD, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Project Title: Developing a collaborative translational laboratory to study maternal fetal pharmacology of Cannabinoids using a placental perfusion model


  • Dr. Barbra de Vrijer, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Dr. Facundo Garcia-Bournissen, Department of Paediatrics
  • Dr. Janine Hutson, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Dr. Genevieve Eastabrook, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Project Title: Establishing Model of Breast Cancer Brain Metastases Using Patient-Derived Organoid Xenotransplantation and Multimodality Brain Imaging


  • Dr. Armen Parsyan, Department of Oncology
  • Paula Foster, PhD, Department of Medical Biophysics; Scientist, Robarts Research Institute

Project Title: Development of clinical biomarkers for DISH (diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis)


  • Cheryle Seguin, PhD, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Dr. Chris Bailey, Department of Surgery
  • Brad Urquhart, PhD, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

Project Title: Tumor prevention mechanisms of the skin polysaccharide hyaluronan


  • Eva Turley, PhD, Departments of Oncology and Biochemistry
  • Lina Dagnino, PhD, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology