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Collaborative health research receives $30M funding


Ottawa, ON October 10, 2003 Funding of more than C$30 million has been awarded to 23 health research projects across Canada through the New Emerging Team (NET) grant program. The NET program encourages the creation of collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams that explore today’s pressing health research questions from a broad range of perspectives.

Projects will be funded through partnerships between the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and organizations including the Alzheimer Society of Canada; Alzheimer Society Of Saskatchewan; Canadian Bacterial Diseases Network; Heart and Stroke Foundation; Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation; Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation; and University of Saskatchewan.

“I am proud that CIHR supports projects reflecting such a collaborative approach to health research – an approach that helps us to examine pressing health questions from a variety of perspectives,” says Dr Alan Bernstein, president of the CIHR. “By partnering with organizations in the research and voluntary sector, we can share information and hear directly from patients, helping us ensure that the research we fund reflects the needs of Canadians.”

The NET grants awarded include the following teams, with the projects to be carried out over periods of three to five years:

– Allard, Pierre, University of Ottawa, Optimizing end of life care for seniors, Institute of Aging/ Institute of Cancer Research/ Institute of Health Services and Policy Research, $1,167,000

– Asmundson, Gordon, University of Regina, Understanding risk factors, co-morbidity, and global health issues in PTSD: Laying the foundation for early identification in at-risk populations and improving preventive and treatment strategies for all Canadians, Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction, $1,193,452

– Coupland, Nicholas, University of Alberta, “STRESS”. Stress, Trauma & Recovery: Early Stage Studies, Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction, $1,031,230

– Drummond, Neil, University of Calgary, Transitions and dementia: Bridging gaps in service provision, Alzheimer Society of Canada, Institute of Aging, $1,199,859

– Escobar, Michael, University of Toronto , Modern statistical approaches in high-throughput genomic research, Institute of Genetics, $1,500,000

– Ford-Gilboe, Marilyn, University of Western Ontario, The long-term impact of intimate partner violence on mental and physical health of women who have left abusive relationships: Building the evidence to improve professional practice and public policy,Institute of Gender and Health, $1,333,790

– Gutkowska, Jolanta, Universit du Qubec Montral, The cardiomyogenic action of oxytocin and applications in cell therapies of cardiac pathologies, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health, $1,557,000

– Haddad, Pierre, University of Montral , Rigorous scientific evaluation of selected anti-diabetic plants: Towards an alternative therapy for diabetes in the Cree of Northern Quebec, Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health, $900,000

– Hart, David, University of Calgary, Sex/gender influences on musculoskeletal health across the lifespan, Institute of Gender and Health, $1,517,540

– Lavigne, Gilles, Hpital du Sacr-Cour de Montral, Comprendre l’effet placebo partir d’tudes exprimentales et cliniques sur le sommeil et la douleur impliquant des tats de vigilance altrs, Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction , $1,202,000

– Loeb, Mark, McMaster University, Anti-microbial use and resistance in seniors, Canadian Bacterial Diseases Network, Institute of Infection and Immunity/ Institute of Health Services and Policy Research, $1,254,360

– Marra, Marco, B.C. Cancer Agency, Genomics, Genetics and Gerontology (G3): A multidisciplinary team for the study of healthy aging, Institute of Aging/ Institute of Genetics, $1,159,845

– McGrath, Patricia, Hospital for Sick Children, Gender differences in child development: Vulnerability to chronic pain, Institute of Gender and Health, $1,478,735

– Morgan, Debra Gail, University of Saskatchewan, Strategies to Improve the Care of Persons with Dementia in Rural and Remote Areas, Alzheimer Society Of Saskatchewan/ Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation/ University of Saskatchewan , Institute of Aging/ Rural and Northern Health Research/ Institute of Health Services and Policy Research, $1,250,000

– Mulvey, Michael, University of Manitoba, Community acquired antimicrobial resistant bacteria in northern Canadian communities, Canadian Bacterial Diseases Network, Institute of Infection and Immunity/ Institute of Population and Public Health, $1,457,000

– Pilarski, Linda, Cross Cancer Institute, Novel platforms for genetic analysis, Institute of Genetics, $1,500,000

– Smith, Graeme, Queen’s University, Pre-eclampsia: fetal & maternal outcomes and innovative therapies, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health, $1,739,480

– Strain, Laurel, University of Manitoba, Health and aging in rural environments, Institute of Aging, $1,250,000

– Tamblyn, Robyn, McGill University, E-integration in the Management of Respiratory and Circulatory Disease: Elucidating the Multi-Level Mechanisms that Optimize Population Outcomes, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health, $1,499,465

– Tremblay, Michel, Centre hospitalier de l’Universit Laval, Transcriptome and proteome analyses of human lymphoid tissue cultured ex vivo as a new experimental model system to study host susceptibility to HIV-1 infection, Institute of Infection and Immunity, $1,500,000

– Vidal, Silvia, University of Ottawa, Forward genetics to identify novel pathways in host response to infection: From mouse models to patients, Institute of Infection and Immunity, $1,435,000

– Weaver, Lynne, John P. Robarts Research Institute, Spinal cord injury: Discovery and development of rescue and repair strategies, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction, $981,100

– Wekerle, Christine, The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, The impact of child maltreatment on adolescent and adult health outcomes, Institute of Gender and Health, $1,295,530