CIHR Funding for Brain Health, Neuroplasticity Research

For the brain to function, signals need to pass between neurons in order to control movement, speech, thought, and decision-making. Each individual neuron (there are billions within a single human brain) connects to a vast and complex network of neurons through thousands of synapses. Synapses mediate communication between neurons, affecting how we perceive and react to the world around us—essentially…
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Undergraduates, graduates, and post-doctoral fellows looking to build their knowledge and global perspective in the study of plant-microbe interaction can now do so through a new program called Plant Responses To Eliminate Critical Threats (PRoTECT), hosted by the University of British Columbia’s Michael Smith Laboratories in Canada and the Georg-August-University Göttingen in Germany. Jointly supported by a $1.65 million award (over six years)…
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Nine postdoctoral fellows from the University of British Columbia have received 2018-2019 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, out of seventy fellowships awarded nationally. These prestigious fellowships provide each researcher with $70,000 each year for two years, to support research that will positively contribute to Canada’s economic, social, and research-based growth. Tahia Devisscher, one of this year’s Banting recipients says the fellowship will help her advance…
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Eight BC health researchers have been funded in MSFHR’s second Innovation to Commercialization (I2C) competition. Each will receive funding to advance their medical treatments, diagnostic tools and assistive technologies towards practical application to improve health outcomes and enrich the health innovation ecosystem in BC. Now in its second year, the I2C Program is designed to help BC health researchers advance their discoveries or…
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CHÉOS Scientists Awarded CIHR Project Grants

The results of the CIHR Project Grant Competition for March 2018 were announced today. A total of 369 grants were funded with a success rate of 14 per cent. Of those grants, 4 are led by CHÉOS Scientists with 16 Scientists serving as co-investigators on 9 individual projects. Dr. Karin Humphries will serve as principal investigator, along with Dr. Jim Christenson (PHC/UBC…
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Awards Support Innovative Research

Future health care needs require visionary approaches to tackle the challenges confronting patients and their families today. From curing disease to improving quality of life, researchers are at the forefront of medical advances that support the health and happiness of patients and their families. For this reason, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) is proud to contribute to groundbreaking research…
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On June 14, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) announced the recipients of their 2018 Scholar Awards. This year, three of the seventeen awardees are CHÉOS Scientists — Drs. Anne Gadermann, Ehsan Karim, and Skye Barbic. The MSFHR Scholar Program supports the development of B.C.’s research talent by providing salary support to scientists who are building strong research programs…
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ICORD Investigator Dr. Shannon Kolind and research scientist Dr. Babak Shadgan are among seventeen BC-based health researchers to have received 2018 Scholar Awardsfrom the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. These important awards support researchers in the early stages of their careers as they develop their research programs and grow their labs. Dr. Kolind is an assistant professor in the division of Neurology in the UBC…
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Since 2001, the MSFHR Scholar Program has supported more than 400 early-career health researchers as they establish independent research careers, build leading health research programs and train the next generation of scientists to support the long-term success of the BC health research landscape. This year, 17 exceptional BC researchers join this distinguished group, working in areas including youth mental health,…
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Three outstanding cancer research teams will receive nearly $13 million to continue their investigations into rare tumours, an inherited disorder (Li-Fraumeni Syndrome) and the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound to improve treatments for breast cancer. Two teams primarily based in Ontario and the other in BC will receive the funding from the Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI)…
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