Neuro awarded over $15 M in CIHR funding

Published: 28 July 2015

Researchers get inaugural Foundation grants for high-impact, long-term programs

Researchers from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill University have been awarded over $15 million in grants in the latest round of funding by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The grants are part of over $600 million in national funding, announced July 28 by Minister of Health Rona Ambrose.

The announcement covers two categories of funding: Transitional Open Operating grants, for specific projects; and a new category called “Foundation” grants, which provide larger amounts of long-term support for innovative, high-impact programs of research. Neuro researchers have been awarded 6 of these grants.

The Foundation grants cover a seven-year period for established investigators, and five years for early-career investigators.
List of Neuro recipients of Foundation grants:

Dagher, Alain, Functional Neuroimaging of dopamine systems: application to Parkinson's Disease, addiction and obesity $2,155,301
Gotman, Jean, Electrical and metabolic manifestations of human focal epilepsy $2,291,930
Petrides, Michael, Comparative functional and anatomical study of human and monkey cortex $1,665,281          
Rouleau, Guy A, Genetic & Biological Studies of Brain Disorders $4,959,666          
Ruthazer, Edward S, Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying activity-dependent neural circuit development $2,184,958              
Zatorre, Robert J, Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience: Pathways, Processes, Plasticity and Predispositions $1,889,652          

A full list of CIHR grant recipients is available here: 

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