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Supporting the best ideas in Canadian health research

Canadian Institutes of Health Research awards $9.45 million in funding

July 30, 2015 — 

Three University of Manitoba researchers will receive $3,732,853 from the newly awarded health research Foundation Grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Another 13 will receive $5,723,972 from the Open Operating Grants competition. The projects cover the spectrum of things impacting our health: from post-traumatic stress disorders to childhood maltreatment to aging. Fifteen of the 16 researchers are professors in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

“Canada is home to exceptional health researchers,” said Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of CIHR. “Our new Foundation Grants will provide stable, long-term support to some of these top minds so that they have the time and resources needed to find new ways of preventing disease, managing chronic conditions and enhancing health care delivery.”

“I congratulate these national leaders in health research on their success in receiving this funding,” says Digvir Jayas, Vice-President (Research and International). “This research will have direct impacts on the health of Manitobans and reach beyond the local community to national and international populations.”

Foundation Grants provide long-term support for Canada’s research leaders to undertake innovative and high impact programs of research. The Open Operating Grants invest in research and knowledge translation projects across the full spectrum of health.

Together, these two programs support the best ideas proposed by Canada’s health researchers. Recipients of these grants were selected through a rigorous peer-review process – the internationally accepted benchmark for ensuring quality and excellence in scientific research.

The Foundation Grants awarded

Tracie Afifi (community health sciences) $883,855 for the project titled “Preventing child maltreatment: Changing a child’s trajectory, improving health, and strengthening families.”

Lisa Lix (community health sciences/George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation/Manitoba Centre for Health Policy) $962,920 for the project titled “Advancing the science of data quality for electronic health databases: Applications to chronic disease research and surveillance.”

Jitender Sareen (psychiatry) $1,886,078 for the project titled “Defining the longitudinal course, outcomes, and treatment needs of vulnerable Canadians with posttraumatic stress disorder.”

The Open Operating Grant recipients

Marni Brownell (community health sciences/Manitoba Centre for Health Policy/Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba) $116,250 for the project titled “Neonatal and childhood neurodevelopmental, health and educational outcomes of children exposed to antidepressants and maternal depression during pregnancy.”

Kevin Coombs (medical microbiology/Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba) $657,715 for the project titled “Signaling perturbations during influenza virus replication and pathogenesis.”

Allison Dart (pediatrics & child health/Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba) $881,609 for the project titled “An assessment of psychological factors, inflammatory biomarkers and kidney complications; the improving renal Complications in Adolescents with type 2 diabetes through REsearch (iCARE) cohort study.”

Sanjiv Dhingra (physiology/St-Boniface Hospital Research) $521,185 for the project titled “Preserving the immunoprivilege of transplanted allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells in the ischemic heart.”

Keith Fowke (medical microbiology) $100,000 for the project titled “Understanding HIV-mediated innate immune dysregulation: The role of the immune inhibitory protein LAG-3.”

Phillip Gardiner (Faculty of Kinesiology & Recreation Management) $735,312 for the project titled “Aging effects on components of locomotion, and the impact of increased regular physical activity beginning in late adulthood.”

Jean-Eric Ghia (immunology/Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba) $100,000 for the project titled “Semaphorin 3E and Gut Inflammation.”

Lorrie Kirshenbaum (physiology/St-Boniface Hospital Research) $569,850 for the project titled “Targeting cell death signaling pathways in the heart.”

Donna Martin (nursing) $617,855 for the project titled “The micro- and macro-construction of induced displacement: Experiences, health outcomes and future plans of Little Saskatchewan First Nation.”

Leigh Murphy (biochemistry/medical genetics/cell biology/CancerCare Manitoba) $100,000 for the project titled “Beyond the estrogen receptor: Involvement of kinases in estrogen signaling in normal and malignant human breast epithelial cells.”

Tabrez Siddiqui (physiology) $795,210 for the project titled “Regulation of a neuronal synaptic pathway in neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders.”

Carolyn Snider (emergency medicine/Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba) $100,000 for the project titled “Wraparound care for youth injured by violence: A randomized control trial.”

Roberta Woodgate (nursing/St-Boniface Hospital Research/Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba) $428,986 for the project titled “The Journey for survivors of childhood brain tumours: From post-treatment into adolescence and adulthood.”


Research at the University of Manitoba is partially supported by funding from the Government of Canada Research Support Fund.

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