Funding: Clinical researchers awarded $2.7 million to fund innovative projects

Clinical researchers at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry have received more than $2.7 million in funding from the Academic Medical Organization of Southwestern Ontario (AMOSO) to support the development of new and innovative approaches to health care delivery.

The funding, which totals $2,700,946 across 24 projects at the School is from the Academic Health Science Centre Alternative Funding Plan (AHSC AFP).

The funds provide one- or two-year seed funding to support innovative projects, enabling academic physicians to develop programs and evaluate novel strategies to transform health care delivery in Ontario.

Congratulations to the following recipients of the 2021-2022 AHSC AFP Innovation Fund:

QORVATS study. A randomized controlled, triple blinded study to compare the quality of recovery (QoR 40) between intercostal block and a combination of intercostal nerve block with serratus plane catheter for patients undergoing VATS procedures

Dr. Abhijit Biswas, Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine and Dr. Richard Malthaner, Surgery

Integrated Perioperative Pain Pathway (IP3): Improving perioperative management of pain to prevent persistent and chronic pain in children after major orthopedic, thoracic and abdominal surgeries.

Dr. Niveditha Karuppiah and Dr. Ushma Shah, Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine

Quality of Recovery Scores in Parturients with Obesity: A Prospective Observational Cohort Study

Dr. Ilana Sebbag, Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine

CONCERT STUDY: A Comprehensive ONline program for Cognitive Enhancement, Reassurance and Training

Dr. M. Reza Azarpazhooh, Clinical Neurological Sciences and Dr. Naghmeh Mokhber, Psychiatry

Mathematical outcome at school-age of children with posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus: an interventional, behavioral and imaging study

Dr. Sandrine de Ribaupierre, Clinical Neurological Sciences

Anxiolysis for Laceration Repair in Children: A Multicentre Bayesian Adaptive Randomized Controlled Trial (ALICE)

Dr. Naveen Poonai, Emergency Medicine

High-throughput computing to improve prescription-drug safety in older adults

Dr. Amit Garg, Medicine

Personalized proton pump inhibitor (PPI) dosing for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

Dr. Richard Kim, Medicine

Medication Determinants of Ascending Aortic Aneurysm Structural Risk

Dr. Geoff Pickering, Medicine and Dr. Michael Chu, Surgery

Identifying and closing information gaps in best practice therapeutics for pregnant women

Dr. Janine Hutson, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Dr. Facundo Garcia-Bournissen, Paediatrics

Assessment of juvenile idiopathic arthritis outcomes and place of residence in Canada: identifying disparities in care

Dr. Roberta Berard, Paediatrics

Impact of a Shared Decision Making intervention in paediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease therapeutic decision-making

Dr. Eileen Crowley, Paediatrics

Pediatric Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation: Evaluation of IM Epinephrine (The PRIME Trial)

Dr. Janice Tijssen, Paediatrics

Internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy for persons with stroke: A pilot randomized controlled trial

Dr. Robert Teasell, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Speech markers as a tool to predict relapse in psychosis

Dr. Rohit Lodhi and Dr. Lena Palaniyappan, Psychiatry

Supporting Physicians: A Multi-Systems Investigation to Understand Burnout, Resilience, Moral Injury, and Institutional Trust

Dr. J. Don Richardson, Psychiatry

Prevention of postpartum depression: A pilot placebo-controlled trial of trazodone

Dr. Verinder Sharma, Psychiatry

Ablative Radiotherapy to Restrain Every Metastasis Safely Treatable (ARREST) 2: A Randomized Phase 2 Trial

Dr. Tim Nguyen, Radiation Oncology

Molecular profiling of congenital diaphragmatic hernia: in utero and postnatal transcriptomic and metabolomic patterns to aid in prognosis and treatment

Dr. Andreana Bütter, Surgery

Using DNA Methylation Profiling to Differentiate Good from Poor Prognosis Muscle-Invasive Bladder Cancer Patients

Dr. Jonathan Izawa, Surgery

Year 2 of 2 Funding: Reduction Or Elimination Of Radiation During Implantation of Cardiac Devices Using Ultrasound (RADICAI Use)

Dr. Habib Khan, Medicine

Year 2 of 2 Funding: Diagnostic Working Group for Epilepsy: Investigation of the Utility of Pediatric Autoimmune and Genetic Testing in Drug-Resistant Epilepsy - The PAGE study

Dr. Maryam Nabavi Nouri and Dr. Tugce Bulakbasi Balci, Paediatrics

Year 2 of 2 Funding: Novel PET/MRI Approach to Seizure Characterization in Pediatric Medically Refractory Epilepsy

Dr. Michael Jurkiewicz, Radiology and Dr. Andrea Andrade, Paediatrics