McGill gets $91.5 mln in CIHR funding

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McGill health researchers land 24 of 150 inaugural Foundation grants for high-impact, long-term programs

Researchers from McGill University and its hospital-affiliated research institutes have been awarded $91.5 million in grants in the latest round of funding by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

The grants -- which will support research into areas from brain disorders to the health effects of climate change in the Arctic -- are part of over $600 million in funding announced today by Health Minister Rona Ambrose for researchers working at universities and hospitals across Canada.

The announcement covers two categories of funding:

  • A new category, called “Foundation” grants, provides larger amounts of long-term support for innovative, high-impact programs of research; McGill researchers have been awarded 24 of these grants, for a total of $60.6 million.

  • Transitional Open Operating grants, for specific projects, will provide a total of more than $30 million for 44 McGill researchers.

The Foundation grants cover a seven-year period for established investigators, and five years for early-career investigators. Four early-career researchers at McGill landed grants in that sub-category.

Here is a list of the McGill recipients of Foundation grants, indicating the institution and/or Faculty of the investigator; a description of the program; and the amount of the award. (* = early-career investigator):

·         Iyer, Srividya N,  Douglas Hospital Research Centre, Medicine. Enhancing youth mental health: A program of research into mental healthcare needs, pathways, outcomes and services. $3,770,245

·         Azoulay, Laurent *, Jewish General Hospital, Medicine. Cancer pharmacoepidemiology: a population-based assessment of the risks of prescription drugs in vulnerable populations. $852,701

·         Chertkow, Howard M, Jewish General Hospital, Medicine. Typical and atypical Alzheimer Disease: salivary tau biomarkers, therapy with neuromodulation, and disease subtypes. $1,695,053

·         Kahn, Susan R, Jewish General Hospital,  Medicine. Improving long term outcomes after venous thromboembolism (VTE). $2,050,824 

·         Schiffrin, Ernesto L, Jewish General Hospital,  Medicine. Vascular remodeling in hypertension and cardiometabolic disease: from mice to humans. $3,164,111         

·         Cullen, Kathleen E, Medicine. Program of investigating vestibular physiology and its disorders. $2,469,570

·         Dagher, Alain, Montreal Neurological Institute, Medicine. Functional Neuroimaging of dopamine systems: application to Parkinson's Disease, addiction and obesity. $2,155,301

·         Ehrlicher, Allen J *, Engineering. Cellular mechanotransduction in the actin cytoskeleton.   $665,484

·         Ford, James D *, Science. A research program on adaptation to the health effects of climate change in the Canadian Arctic                $753,001

·         Franco, Eduardo L, Medicine. Research Program on the Epidemiology and Prevention of Human Papillomavirus Infection and Associated Cancers     $2,350,689

·         Gotman, Jean, Montreal Neurological Institute, Medicine. Electrical and metabolic manifestations of human focal epilepsy     $2,291,930

·         Park, Morag, Medicine. Mechanisms of Met activation in cancer and therapeutic intervention   $3,507,282               

·         Petrides, Michael, Montreal Neurological Institute, Medicine. Comparative functional and anatomical study of human and monkey cortex   $1,665,281           

·         Rouleau, Guy A, Montreal Neurological Institute, Medicine. Genetic & Biological Studies of Brain Disorders  $4,959,666          

·         Ruthazer, Edward S, Montreal Neurological Institute, Medicine.  Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying activity-dependent neural circuit development     $2,184,958          

·         Zatorre, Robert J, Montreal Neurological Institute,  Medicine.  Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience: Pathways, Processes, Plasticity and Predispositions   $1,889,652      

·         Bourque, Charles W  Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, Medicine.   Central control of osmoregulation in health and disease   $2,719,408           

·         Divangahi, Maziar * Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, Medicine. Regulation of Anti-Microbial Macrophage Response to Pulmonary Infections  $1,293,210   

·         Klein, Marina B Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, Medicine. Tracking a revolution: Evaluating the impact of modern HCV therapy on HIV-HCV coinfection   $4,835,202

·         Menzies, Richard Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, Medicine. Tackling the two greatest obstacles to Tuberculosis elimination: Treatment of latent infection and drug resistant disease   $7,899,734          

·         Platt, Robert W  Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, Medicine. Statistical Methods in Pharmacoepidemiology and Perinatal Epidemiology  $1,071,717               

·         Rak, Janusz  Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, Medicine. Targeting vascular mechanisms of cancer progression   $3,313,788 

·         Schurr, Erwin A Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, Medicine. Host genetic dissection of mycobacterial infection phenotypes    $2,478,941

·         Seuntjens, Jan P  Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, Medicine. Monte Carlo techniques in the optimization of radiation therapy delivery and outcomes $596,694  

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