Announcement: Researchers receive more than $4 million in NSERC funding

Researchers at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry have received more than $4 million in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Twenty research projects were supported through the Discovery Grants program, ranging from imaging the development of the auditory network to evaluating virtual reality in clinical training.

At Western, a total of 75 research projects across seven faculties received more than $13.8 million in Discovery Grants funding.

Congratulations to the School's recipients: 

  • Donglin Bai, PhD, Physiology and Pharmacology
    Molecular domains determining gap junction channel properties
  • Robert Bartha, PhD, Medical Biophysics and Robarts Research Institute
    Magnetic Resonance Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer Imaging of Intracellular pH
  • Christopher Brandl, PhD, Biochemistry
    Mistranslation and Synthetic Biology
  • Lauren Cipriano, PhD, Richard Ivey School of Business (cross-appointed to Epidemiology & Biostatistics)
    Optimal resource allocation and technology adoption in dynamic systems
  • Dr. Sandrine de Ribaupierre, Clinical Neurological Sciences
    Imaging the development of the auditory network – from fetus to toddler
  • Gianni Di Guglielmo, PhD, Physiology and Pharmacology
    Molecular mechanisms regulating lung development
  • Paula Foster, PhD, Medical Biophysics and Robarts Research Institute
    Development of Magnetic Particle Imaging
  • Stewart Gaede, PhD, Medical Biophysics
    Development of a non-invasive real-time tumour motion tracking method using surface-guided radiation therapy
  • Douglas Hamilton, PhD, Anatomy and Cell Biology
    Combining substratum compliance and topography to investigate cell adhesion and contraction
  • David Holdsworth, PhD, Medical Biophysics and Robarts Research Institute
    Image-based 3D-printing for biomedical applications
  • Gilles Lajoie, PhD, Biochemistry
    Development of new and innovative strategies in biological mass spectrometry and proteomics
  • David Litchfield, PhD, Biochemistry
    Application of a Chemical Biology Toolkit to Decipher Kinase Activity in Time and Space
  • Wei-Yang Lu, PhD, Physiology and Pharmacology and Robarts Research Institute
    Regulation of Esophageal Motility by NO-producing Neurons in the Brainstem
  • Sarah Mattonen, PhD, Medical Biophysics
    Heterogeneous data fusion and machine learning for image understanding in lung cancer
  • Terry Peters, PhD, Medical Biophysics and Robarts Research Institute
    Development and Evaluation of Hybrid Virtual Reality Simulators for Clinical Training
  • Dr. Geoffrey Pickering, Medicine and Robarts Research Institute
    Endothelial Cell Dynamics in Low Flow
  • Frank Prato, PhD, Medical Biophysics
    Advances in Hybrid PET/MRI Cardiac Imaging
  • Cheryle Séguin, PhD, Physiology and Pharmacology
    Regulation of mechanotransduction in the intervertebral disc
  • Peter Stathopulos, PhD, Physiology and Pharmacology
    Molecular mechanisms regulating the form and function of atypical calcium sensor proteins
  • Yayuan Zhu, PhD, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
    Advanced Regression and Prediction Methods in Event History Data Analysis

Researchers at the School also received more than $540,000 as part of the Research Tool and Instrument competition. Congratulations to the recipients:

  • Bogumil Karas, PhD, Biochemistry
    A fluorescent microscopy suite for visualization of synthetic organelles and cells
  • Steven Kerfoot, PhD, Microbiology and Immunology
    Upgrades to an advanced multiphoton microscope with unique equipment to improve tissue access for intravital imaging and improved image stability
  • Shawn Li, PhD, Biochemistry
    A nano-LC system to enable functional proteomics research
  • Peter Stathopulos, PhD, Physiology and Pharmacology
    Microscale thermophoresis for assessing diverse molecular interactions