Funding: Researchers receive a multi-million dollar injection of funding through CIHR

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) announced the results of their project grants competition, awarding nearly $4.9 million in research funding to eight projects from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.

This very exciting news speaks to the high quality and importance of the research that has been proposed by Schulich Medicine & Dentistry faculty,” said David Litchfield, PhD, Vice Dean of Research and Innovation at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.

The funded projects represent a wide range of medical research, including a study on the mechanisms of human papillomavirus induced disease, and another which examines how funding models can impact the integration of registered nurses in primary health care teams.

Litchfield anticipates the funding will also “advance collaborations between scientists and clinicians and training opportunities for numerous students.”

For Piotr Wilk, PhD, and his research team, the grant will support their research into climate change-related health inequalities in Canada.

“One of the major gaps in this area of research is the shortage of Canadian studies,” explained Wilk, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

The project, which received $489,600, will study the effects of hot weather on vulnerable populations in Canadian urban centres.

“The results from this pan-Canadian project will provide crucial policy-relevant evidence on how vulnerabilities vary across and within urban centers.”

Using high-quality data, the research team will be able assess risk factors and health outcomes across distinct populations, eventually helping to inform targeted local public health strategies.

“The CIHR grant will allow us to take advantage of newly linked clinical and administrative databases that are essential in order to produce significant and actionable results.”

Congratulations to the successful CIHR Project Grant applicants:

Dr. Lillian Barra, PhD - Novel Approach to Peptide Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Dr. Subrata Chakrabarti- Novel mechanisms in diabetic cardiomyopathy
Frederick A Dick, PhD - Chromosome organization by RB and Condensin II in metastasis
Maria Mathews, PhD - The Impact of Funding Models on the Integration of Registered Nurses in Primary Health Care Teams
Joseph S Mymryk, PhD - Mechanisms of human papillomavirus induced disease
Shannon L Sibbald, PhD - Spread and Sustainability of Integrated Models of Team‐Based Care for the Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Multi‐site Case Study
Peter B Stathopulos, PHD - Interrogating the structural basis for protein interactions underlying mitochondrial calcium uniporter regulation in cardiomyocytes
Piotr Wilk, PHD - Climate change‐related healthinequalities in Canada: How hot temperatures affect vulnerable groups living in large urban centres.

Congratulations to the CIHR Priority Announcement recipient:

Dr. Anthony C Nichols - Mechanisms of resistance to cisplatin and radiation in human papillomavirus (HPV) related head and neck cancer